Sleeping with Other People is pretty much a hangout sitcom stretched out to 100 minutes. There’s nothing wrong with that! It’s populated with a winning cast of actors/comedians who’ve found success on the small screen – Alison Brie (Community) and Jason Sudeikis (Saturday Night Live) as the central sorta-not-really couple, surrounded by the likes of Amanda Peet (Togetherness), Adam Scott (Parks and Recreation, Party Down), Natasha Lyonne (Orange is the New Black) and Jason Mantzoukas (like, every sitcom). It’s propelled by the same idle repartee and easy one-liners found in the best sitcoms, absent the often-awkward mania need to drive the plot along.
There’s less a plot here than a calculated accumulation of sexual tension; Brie and Sudeikis embody the classic “will-they-won’t-they” scenario as a pair of one-time lovers bonding while, yes, Sleeping With Other People. They have all the chemistry but none of the sex. This works well – it’s funny, the cast is charming, and yet despite the sitcom trappings it feels sorta true to live. That is, until the denouement, which tilts towards rom-com clichés: the unambiguous villain, the grand romantic gesture, the happy ending. Like most of sitcoms, it runs out of steam towards the end; a shame.