Now, why in the world would Pepper Potts be romantically linked to Bruce Banner? Alas, this is not "The Avengers", but Gwyneth Paltrow does find herself smitten with Mark Ruffalo's character in "Thanks For Sharing." And while his anger doesn't have him turning into a big green monster, he does become a monster of a different sort if he lets his urges take control of his actions.
Yes, Adam is a sex addict. It could be said that "Thanks For Sharing" is a film about sex addicts and the people who love them, but that would discredit it somewhat. As much as it dances around the idea of becoming a romantic comedy, it avoids taking the path most travelled.
The film handles addiction with a solid blend of comedy and drama. The film is far more serious than the trailer lets on, but the subject matter is taboo enough that playing it aloof would be dishonest. The only scene that feels like somebody added too much sugar to the recipe takes place in a bathroom. With one quip, it seems like the screenwriter is going to let the lead character off the hook so the film can move on, even though his actions brought everything to a head. It could also be seen as a pivotal moment for Neil(Josh Gad) too, so perhaps the moment can't be judged too harshly. But it does feel like an easy out, especially when the film turns down some dark roads for a few scenes. It is hard not to compare those moments to Steven McQueen's "Shame", even though these two films handle the subject of sex addiction in different ways.
There is undeniable chemistry between Adam and Phoebe(Paltrow), so the viewer is immediately invested in the two sticking it out for the long haul. Josh Gad is proving to be far more than comedic relief. Between this film and his portrayal of Steve Wozniak in "Jobs", he is becoming a strong supporting player. "Thanks For Sharing" features strong supporting work all the way around from the likes of Tim Robbins, Joely Richardson, Patrick Fugit, and the pop songstress Pink(aptly credited by her real name, Alecia Moore). Fans of The Wire(and who isn't a fan?) will recognize Isiah Whitlock Jr. in a couple of scenes.
For a debut feature film, "Thanks For Sharing" earns mostly praise. And even before transitioning into directing, Stuart Blumberg has had a vast career in Hollywood. He's written screenplays("The Kids Are All Right", "The Girl Next Door") and has had small roles in some big films(he appeared as the car salesman in "Fight Club"). He co-wrote "Thanks For Sharing" with Matt Winston, and when it comes to his direction, he lets the screenplay do most of the talking. Even the music is kept to a minimum through most of the film, at least until the most overused song in movies in the last five years kicks in(The Heavy's "How You Like Me Now"). Even though "Thanks For Sharing" falls off the wagon a couple of times, there is still a lot to like. A lot of the better films released this year have come from independent studios, and this one is no exception.