It gets slightly better the more I think on it. The obsession with sex in modern relationships is unsurprising and tiresome, but this film manages to make it about more than that, but just barely. Stevens and Hall's sparkling chemistry makes up for the rest.
Surprisingly affecting and though provoking. Unusual for a film of this ilk to examine modern relationships with a big role given to sex without draining the eroticism off the proceedings. It's sexy and mature and sad when I expected something light and dumbly uplifting. Even the script's biggest cliches are deftly handled by the cast. Hall, in particular, is amazing in a quietly difficult role.
1.5 Wish the black thesis advisor turned to the camera and said, "All you rich white people--I don't know what is going on, but you have to stop acting so dumb." This movie feels dated; if it were made in the 80s, would it seem less clichéd? Hall deserves much better scripts. Unbelievable that this couple has not wrestled with monogamy before, and that no one goes to therapy. Arnaud is divine. Stevens is dull.
Better than expected or maybe the themes are just incredibly resonant. Well acted and genuinely funny at times. People think the problem is lack of information, that we don't know what will make us the happiest and there's truth to that but the often ignored reality is that we want things that are incompatible with each other. We need comfort and security but also want newness and excitement. It's fucked.