|LIFE PARTNERS (director/writer: Susana Fogel; screenwriter: Joni Lefkowitz; cinematographer: Brian Burgoyne; editor: Kiran Pallegadda; music: Eric D. Johnson; cast: Leighton Meester (Sasha), Gillian Jacobs (Paige), Adam Brody (Tim), Abby Elliot (Vanessa), Julie White (Deborah), Gabourey Sidibe (Jen), Kate McKinnon (Trace), Beth Dover (Jenn), Greer Grammer (Mia); Runtime: 92; MPAA Rating: R; producers: Joni Lefkowitz/Jordana Mollick/Brendan Bragg/Riva Marker/Daniela Taplin Lundberg; Magnolia Pictures; 2014)|
|"It's the kind of safe sitcom
romantic comedy I would expect on mainstream
by Dennis Schwartz
lightweight relationship comedy on VOD. It's
set in an unnamed city, somewhere in Southern
California (it was shot in L.A.). First-time movie
director Susana Fogel and longtime TV director,
co-writes with Joni Lefkowitz. The
ladies keep it as a breezy and somewhat promising
insightful BBF women's flick.
tells of the friendship between two 29 aged single
ladies, Sasha (Leighton Meester)
and Paige (Gillian
Jacobs). The ongoing happy platonic
relationship from their youth is being challenged
after their careers having taken different turns. On a
downward cycle is the lesbian musician turned day-job
secretary, Sasha, who hates her job and dates
girls who still live at home with their mommies.
Meanwhile upwardly mobile straight girl, environmental
lawyer Paige, is beginning to emerge from her
stunted conventional life and has outgrown her
longtime friend. Their co-dependent relationship
undergoes a severe change in dynamics when the T-shirt
wearing movie buff and nerdy dermatologist,
Tim (Adam Brody), an Internet date, begins a romance
with Paige and becomes the center point of her life.
Sasha's attempt at an Internet date, on the same
night, with the curt Trace (Kate
McKinnon), is the funny highlight of the
film even if the date is a disaster.
chatty film delves into the different realities the
girls live by and how they have matured from
their past larks, such as staging fake ‘road
rage’ confrontations, together watching “Top
Model” and binging on cheap wine. What they liked best
about their friendship was that they always had
someone watching their back and that it made them feel
good about themselves to have someone to confide in
that they trusted.
It's the kind of safe sitcom romantic comedy I would expect on mainstream TV.
REVIEWED ON 11/22/2014 GRADE: C+
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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