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So You’re a Sex Addict

Never has addiction been as vanilla as in ‘Thanks for Sharing’

September 17, 2013, 12:00 am

In the ongoing debate of whether sex addiction is a thing the way drug and alcohol addiction is a thing, we get Thanks for Sharing, which is definitely not doing the sex-addiction-is-real advocates any favors. Not that director/co-writer Stuart Blumberg and co-writer Matt Winston don’t try. It’s just that sex addiction—at least as far as Thanks for Sharing presents it—isn’t palpable the way, say, heroin addiction or alcoholism is.

For Adam (Mark Ruffalo), the worst thing that happens to him is that he can’t use a phone with Internet access, have a computer or television. His reward is dating Phoebe, who is personified in Gwyneth Paltrow.

One of the characters, acting as audience surrogate, even asks whether “sex addiction” is just an excuse celebrities use for cheating, but none of these characters—including Mike (Tim Robbins), Neil (Josh Gad, who does manage to lose his job) and Dede (Alecia Moore, better known as Pink)—actually seems to be struggling.

That’s fine. Not every addict struggles. But for dramatic purposes, the struggle should probably be up there on the screen. Watching a character cry in an SAA meeting isn’t the same as watching her go through the thing that’s making her cry.

THANKS FOR SHARING
Directed by Stuart Blumberg
With Mark Ruffalo, Tim Robbins and Gwyneth Paltrow

Regal Santa Fe Stadium 14
112 min.

R

 

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