Lunch & a Movie Series :: Life Partners (2014)
Written by Susanna Fogel & Joni Lefkowitz
Directed by Susanna Fogel
About the Movie: Life Partners is a 2014 American comedy film directed by Susanna Fogel and co-written with Joni Lekowitz. It is Fogel’s feature film directorial debut. The film stars Leighton Meester, Gillian Jacobs, Adam Brody, Greer Grammer, Gabourey Sidibe and Julie White. The film premiered on April 18, 2014, at the Tribeca Film Festival in the Spotlight section. The film was then released on November 6, 2014 via on-demand platforms, then was released later in theaters on December 5, 2014.
Brief Synopsis: Sasha and Paige’s co-dependent friendship is tested as Paige gets serious with a guy for the first time. That is how the IMDB page describes it, though I think it is a pretty lean and limiting description. Though that is the basis of the story, I do think it is also an examination of friendship and life changes in your late twenties, and how it effects people, especially when two close friends have differing paces. It is really a story about friendship, and the “coming-of-age” into “adulthood” (or at least the “adulthood” of your thirties).
Why I chose it: I don’t quite remember who told me to watch this one, or if I told me to watch it after seeing the trailer, but it was next on my Netflix queue. I’m sure that the fact that Adam Brody is in it had a lot to do with it being there, in the queue, though, as I’ve loved him since he was Dave Rygalski, in Gilmore Girls, and even more as Seth Cohen, in The OC. I also find both Gillian Jacobs and Leighton Meester’s film choices often interesting, so that had me curious, and excited, to press play. Also, independent films are a big love of mine. And, indie films written and directed by women are always going to grab hold of my interest.
Best: Honestly, though the story was truly about Paige (Gillian Jacobs) and Sasha’s (Leighton Meester) friendship, it was really Tim (Adam Brody) and Paige’s relationship, and story, that I enjoyed the most. Tim was my favorite character, and his interactions and scenes with individual characters were my favorite. I enjoyed watching the growth and changes between he and Paige, and the effect they had on each other. I also liked the scene between Sasha and Tim, how the way they saw each other, and eventually related, had a lot to do with how they both felt about Paige, and subsequently, how Paige felt about them.
Worst: Sasha. I wanted to like her, and there were times that I briefly did, but mostly I found her so selfish and frustrating, from how she lived, to how she was with other people, to even how she was with her family. I know she is meant to represent a different space on the spectrum of late twenties/going into adulthood, and I’m sure I was much like her in my younger adult life, but it still was not enjoyable to watch, and did not make it easy to care about her character. That said, I did enjoy the scene between here and Paige at the pool (see below), and Sasha’s conversation with Tim in the grocery store.
Rating (out of 5): 4