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|Seeing Other People|
Actors: Jay Mohr, Julianne Nicholson, Andy Richter, Josh Charles, Lauren Graham
Director: Wallace Wolodarsky
Genres: Comedy, Drama
A sweet and sly comedy, Seeing Other People centers around Ed (Jay Mohr, Jerry Maguire) and Alice (Julianne Nicholson, Ally McBeal), who have an idyllic relationship--so stable that, only a few months before their weddi... more »
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R. W. Rasband | Heber City, UT | 05/27/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
""Seeing Other People" is a hilarious cautionary fable about what happens when we take important stuff for granted, like love and commitment. Wally Wolodarsky, the co-writer and director, used to write for "The Simpsons" and we get that same smart, sweet-and-sour satirical style here. Relatively innocent Julianne Nicholson comes to feel that she doesn't have enough "experience" before her upcoming marriage to nice but snarky sitcom-writer Jay Mohr, so she says they should have meaningless sex with other people before the vows are taken. She's sure they are "mature" enough to handle it. This magnificently dumb plan is followed by increasingly catastrophic consequences that include crack-smoking Harvard graduates, emotionally needy polygamists, a foul Englishman and his nasty wife, lots and lots of cats, and the worst three-way ever depicted on film. The old saws about "the grass is always greener" and "be careful what you wish for" have seldom been more memorably depicted. The exceptional cast includes Conan's Andy Richter as Mohr's good-guy friend; Josh Charles as his misogynist other friend; "Gilmore Girls" Lauren Graham as Nicholson's horrible, horrible sister; Helen Slater as an emotionally nuked divorcee; Liz Phair in a cameo as a yoga instructor; and last but not least, Bryan Cranston, delving depths of indignity unknown even as the dad on "Malcolm in the Middle", as Graham's bad-breathed, leering English husband. The film turns out to be generous, good-natured, and forgiving but there's some wonderfully funny bad behavior on the way."
A fun romp about the silly things people do . . .
Collin Lyle | Metro DC , United States | 08/29/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This movie features Ed and Alice, but includes a great ensemble cast. Ed and Alice have been together for 5 years. They've become happily comfortable together. Alice is adorable and kind hearted, and Ed is thoughtful and a real stand-up kind of man. When Alice accidentally sees other people enjoying a rollicking, exciting sex life she starts to feel uncomfortable about her predictable sex life with Ed. She misses the fun and excitement of a new relationship and wonders if she's missed out. Of course Ed tells her that having more experiences doesn't mean that it could make what they have better. He tries to convince her that she hasn't really missed out on anything. Alice wants instant gratification so bad she can't stand it. It's funny to watch the lies she comes up with to convince herself that it's not really a bad idea. Eventually, Ed realizes that Alice is determined and he might as well try to enjoy it. It's also interesting to see Alice and Ed's relationship contrasted with their friends' relationships. Claire, Alice's painfully insensitive older sister, is married to Peter and you wonder why, because they are so wrong for each other. But everybody knows a couple like that. They hate each other so much and do and say things that probably hurt, however they are too stubborn and callous to admit it. Lou is one of Ed's best friends. He's a skirt chasing playboy type. However, it's amusing that he's really so desperate for love that he fills his home with pets. He has two dogs and at least three cats, which he's allergic too, and he goes ballistic at the mention of giving his cats away. One of the cats has a little crush on Ed. She wants him to pet her so bad she's all over him. It's ironic that the most loving attention Ed gets is from the cat. Carl is Ed's other best friend. He's clueless, says all the wrong things at the wrong time, but so endearing. He falls for this harried single mom, Penelope, who's trying to pull her life together and not doing a very good job of it. Carl rescues her from spinning out of control. Venita is Alice's best friend and coworker. She's smart and caring. She tries to be Alice's voice of reason, but Alice is set on accomplishing her outrageous goal. At first seeing other people ramps up Alice and Ed's sex life, and eventually this experiment starts to wear them down, but their misadventures are hilarious. They meet all the crazy people that singles complain about when they are looking for love.
Julianne Nicholson brings a perfect sweet innocence to Alice. Jay Mohr is charming as Ed. Josh Charles (somebody give that man a tv show and get the "Sports Night" dvd set if you haven't already) plays Lou with such a delicious sense of humor. Lauren Graham is hard core as Claire, not at all like Lorelei Gilmore, but plays the humorous side of Claire perfectly. Bryan Cranston, the dad form "Malcolm in the Middle," is almost unrecognizable as Peter; he plays creepy, sleazy so believably you want to cringe. Andy Richter is adorable and clueless and Carl, you just have to love him. I didn't recognize Helen Slater as Penelope, she's as wonderfully clueless as Carl.
The movie is beautifully shot; the colors and the views are fantastic. I never noticed that it's a low budget film. They borrowed houses from friends and the producer to use as their sets. And the music is great. Ed and Alice's theme music is campy and retro. It all pulls together very nicely.
Amusing Little Sex Comedy.
mirasreviews | McLean, VA USA | 08/24/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Ed (Jay Mohr) and Alice (Julianne Nicholson) have been a happy couple for 5 years, and now they plan to get married. But Alice feels uneasy with her limited sexual experience and sees her last chance at an adventurous lifestyle disappearing. So Alice proposes that she and Nick sleep with other people until their wedding date. Nick is reluctant, but Alice's first steps at wayward romance encourage him. Nick and Alice's experiment with infidelity yields predictable, but entertaining, results.
"Seeing Other People" belongs to the all-too-rare genre of sex comedy. It's also a romantic comedy, but that isn't the film's strength. Husband/wife team of writer/director Wally Wolodarsky and writer/producer Maya Forbes made the film on a very limited budget, which shows in the cinematography. The script is conversational and lends the narrative an authentic feel. The cast is large and talented: In addition to Jay Mohr and Julianne Nicholson in the leading roles, Andy Richter and Josh Charles play Ed's friends. Lauren Graham is terrific as Alice's domineering sister Claire. And Bryan Cranston makes Claire's over-the-top husband Peter believable. The conversations these people have are laugh-out-loud funny. The sex is comical and spare. There is a lot of talk about sex, but very little sex on screen. "Seeing Other People" is a comedic look at the relationships of Southern Californian young professionals. 3 1/2 stars.
The DVD: Bonus features include "Behind the Scenes of Seeing Other People", an audio commentary by Wally Wolodarsky and Maya Forbes, deleted scenes, and a theatrical trailer. "Behind the Scenes of Seeing Other People" is a 5-minute documentary featuring interviews with the writer/director team of Wolodarsky and Forbes and with some of the film's cast. The audio commentary is interesting. Writer/director Wally Wolodarsky and writer/producer Maya Forbes talk about creating the characters, the challenges of making the film on a low budget, including using friends' homes and offices for sets, and their own experiences that inspired the film."
What happens when someone has gone to far?
Puzzle box | Kuwait | 05/27/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Seeing other people was a great comedy that I enjoyed watching and that I highly recomend. The film is about two couples who are engaged and seem to be happy with each other but there seems to be a problem, during there engagment party Alice goes into her sister's room only to find out that one of her friends sneacking out to have sex with a complete stranger she endes up watching the whole thing in the closet. Soon she realises that she has not had a good sex life in the past and has asked her fiance (Jay Mohr) if they should see other people before they get married, at first he thinks that it might be a joke but things get serious when Alice meets a guy at her work, soon Jay Mohr's character gets fustrated because he is in love with her and never realised that she would do such a thing, but then he gets to have sex with other numerous women only to find out that the situation has become completly out of control, some of thier friends think that its a bad idea while one of Jay's character's friends thinks its a brilliant opritunaty. The story was pretty good and the idea was interesting as well as the cast of character's some of whom were really hillarious like Andy Richter and Lauren Graham as Alice's obnoxious sister. Overall the film deals with relationships, sex and dating in a very funny way and I suggest that you check it out if your looking for a great laugh."