I have to commend this film for how well it balanced the line between telling sincere stories about the different manifestations of addiction and remaining heartfelt and smartly funny. It didn't exploit addiction, as many films treating the subject are prone to. I was especially grateful for how the Ruffalo/Paltrow romance was handled– we were spared the tired, formulaic Hollywood treatment that denies females depth.
More education than entertainment, this bizarre film wants to have it's cake & eat it too in wanting to be a serious film about sex addiction and a romantic dramedy. It wants to look at all stages of addiction but fails at all of them with weird & abrupt shifts in tone and a fear to plunge into their world. And when it goes go dark, it's a cleaner ripoff of Shame. It's a shame since the acting is solid.
It was sweet and moving at times, especially considering the delicacy of the subject but the acting, baring in mind i'm a fan of Ruffalo and Paltrow, seemed at times quite monotonous. There was no real conviction in their lines, which let the emotion fly by like a tumbleweed.
Although this was a great film that highlighted the specific qualities of addiction (specifically those in the throes of it, those whom have overcome it, and those that relapse back into it), there were definitely highs and lows that made this film a little hard to pin down. The cast is very nicely put together and the stories are individually enticing, but all in all is pretty straightforward. Altogether good.
The filmmakers have trouble finding the tone and the awful soundtrack choices do little to prevent awkward transitions. And yet, there's some really good dialog and Ruffalo and Paltrow provide for some unconventionally 'real' moments that makes the viewer create empathy with these characters and, thus, leaving him no choice but to follow the somewhat convoluted plotline.