This weekend, everyone will be heading out to the movie theater to see Don Jon. While Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s porn addiction-fueled film deserves all the buzz that surrounds it, the movie is completely overshadowing another phenomenal new release about overcoming addiction, –Thanks for Sharing. The latter is such a well executed film. It has a wonderful cast, a humorous but powerful script and some great direction, but lacks marketing so much that most people who love film do not even know it exists.
Thanks for Sharing tells the story of Adam, a recovering sex addict who is trying to get back in the game after being clean for five years. The cast of the film is exceptional. Adam (Mark Ruffalo) meets Pheobe (Gwyneth Paltrow) at a party and the two have an adorable, yet bizarre meet-cute. Their chemistry is so natural that you find yourself secretly hoping the two were together in real life (spoiler: they are not). There is a lot of great chemistry in the film though, and not just romantically. Josh Gad and Alecia Moore have a surprisingly realistic connection, although the two make an unlikely pair. It is hard not to love the characters by themselves though. Gad gives an excellent performance as an addict who could use some extra guidance, and Alecia Moore — who you may know as pop powerhouse P!nk– is adorable in her role, although she is not the strongest actress.
The film’s script is truly excellent. While the primary focus is Adam, it also gives so much attention to the two side stories that it is hard for the viewer to want to have a favorite. While Gad’s character is obviously the more comedic side of the addiction struggle, Ruffalo’s controlled chaos is serious. He can not have any temptation, which means on business trips he has the tv taken out of his room and has his assitant block his internet. The extremes seem a little over-the-top, but as the story goes on you realize how serious this is and it weighs on you. Each storyline has a certain dynamic and each one is just as excellent as the next.
The only thing that is bothersome about Thanks For Sharing is the complete lack of promotion. There were zero tv spots for it and the trailer was only shown before other limited-release independant films. It is such a shame because so many people are going to miss out on what is an incredible film.
Thanks for Sharing is absolutely worth driving out of your way to find at your nearest independant cinema. While it will not get the attention that Don Jon receives, it absolutely deserves it and then some. This movie may not be one you want to watch over and over again, but it is one that you will not stop thinking about after the lights come up in the theater.