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Thanks For Sharing - DVD Review

Thanks For Sharing

Review by Rob Carnevale

IndieLondon Rating: 3 out of 5

ARRIVING in the wake of Steve McQueen’s hard-hitting Shame, sex addiction comedy-drama Thanks For Sharing offers a more superficial examination of the issue that keeps one eye firmly on the mainstream.

It benefits from a quality cast and juggles the more light-hearted moments with the more serious stuff well. But it does aspire to the feel-good and that diminishes some of its impact.

The film follows three primary characters at various stages of their addiction. Adam (Mark Ruffalo) has been long-time ‘sober’ but is about to embark on a new relationship with Phoebe (Gwyneth Paltrow) and begins to worry about satisfying her needs without relapsing and how he should go about telling her.

Mike (Tim Robbins) is Adam’s sponsor, who has successfully turned his life around, only to become oblivious to his own failings as a father to his ex-drug addict son (Patrick Fugit), whose sudden re-emergence creates tensions.

And med student Neil (Josh Gad) is forced to confront his addiction after being fired for an indecent act at work, something he does with the help of fellow addicts Dede (Pink, in her acting debut) and Adam.

Directed and co-written by Stuart Blumberg (of The Kids Are All Right fame) Thanks For Sharing is a consistently enjoyable watch that works far better than the premise initially suggests.

Ruffalo gets the better of the story arcs and creates a genuinely endearing presence, but Robbins and Gad are also good value, while the script does manage to raise some intriguing points that gives its cast plenty to work with.

However, unlike McQueen’s Shame it only ever feels lightweight and could have benefited from paying more attention to some of the more complex emotions it raises and striking a less jarring balance between the comedy and darkness.

In this regard some of Gad’s material feels particularly lazy and more blatantly geared towards keeping things glib.

Taken with it’s flaws, however, Thanks For Sharing remains addictive enough on its own merits to be worth seeing.

Certificate: 15
Running time: 112mins
UK Blu-ray & DVD Release: February 3, 2014