“You should all go and see Thanks For Sharing” I told the school common room at large as Gwyneth Paltrow came on the TV.
“What’s it about?” People asked.
“Er.. sex addicts..”
It doesn’t sound like the premise of a film that’s sweet and heart-warming. But Thanks For Sharing, a film about characters whose stories all join together through their sex addiction meetings, is just that. With a range of stars such as Mark Ruffalo, Gwyneth Paltrow, P!nk and Tim Robbins, the film has a layered plot which, more than being about sex addiction, is about people. It’s one of those films with a strong story that comes from its good character writing. It’s both funny and sad and will have you falling in love with the relationships you see on screen.
And even though the film is centred on the progress of three male characters, the female characters are well rounded and three dimensional as well.
My only worry is that the romantic comedy style trailer and publicity are going to put people off – it’s so much more than that. It’s got something, a sparkle, which comes from good writing and strong performances.
A film about addiction to sex, Thanks For Sharing takes a beautiful and realistic look at love in all its forms.
In cinemas Friday.