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Seeing Other People
     

Seeing Other People

Director: Wallace Wolodarsky

Cast: Jay Mohr, Julianne Nicholson, Josh Charles

 

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Directed by Wallace Wolodarsky, Seeing Other People features Jay Mohr and Julianne Nicholson as Ed and Alice, a soon-to-be married couple with one rather significant problem facing them: Alice doesn't think she's had enough sex to excuse settling down with one man for the rest of her life. Though reluctant, Ed agrees, at Alice's insistence, to have a premarital

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Directed by Wallace Wolodarsky, Seeing Other People features Jay Mohr and Julianne Nicholson as Ed and Alice, a soon-to-be married couple with one rather significant problem facing them: Alice doesn't think she's had enough sex to excuse settling down with one man for the rest of her life. Though reluctant, Ed agrees, at Alice's insistence, to have a premarital free-for-all of sorts; a period in which both Alice and Ed are allowed to explore sexual and emotional relationships with other people. Complications ensue when it turns out that fooling around with multiple partners as a method of strengthening the sanctity of marriage isn't as easy as it appeared. Seeing Other People also stars Lauren Graham, Bryan Cranston, Josh Charles, and Matthew Davis.

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Seeing Other People is a triumph for writer/director Wallace Wolodarsky, not only on its own terms, but also as a leap forward from his most recent stint in the director's chair, the infantile comedy Sorority Boys. From its cast to its dialogue to its intelligent framing and editing, Seeing Other People is a Sundance natural, a near prototype of the indie relationship dramedy. Its premise is a little too fraught with peril for a normal couple like Ed and Alice, but Jay Mohr and Julianne Nicholson sell it with earnest performances. A good-guy role is a refreshing change for Mohr, who's usually asked to play the smarmy fast talker. His well-meaning character gets twisted around by the unnatural requirements of a no-win situation. He's damned if he watches his fiancée have all the fun, which feeds his jealousy, but also if he adds more notches to his bedpost, which feeds hers, not to mention widening the experience gap between them. Nicholson, on the other hand, is in it for this kind of conquest-oriented numbers game, but discovers herself forming a second monogamous relationship that illustrates the failings of her first. As the roles flip-flop and numerous side characters get entangled in their experiment, Wolodarsky examines the notion of fidelity from every angle, with rich results. He's even got time for the parallel story of a romance sputtering to life between Ed's friend (Andy Richter) and a single mother (Helen Slater). It's comparatively dull, having slipped almost immediately into the comfortable, cereal-eating boredom of a stale marriage. But Wolodarsky implies that this may be as functional as relationships get, in a world where people judge their ideas of love and sex by the unattainable standards of movies and television.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/01/2005
UPC:
0829567022023
Original Release:
2004
Rating:
R
Source:
Virgil Films
Time:
1:30:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Commentary with writer/director Wally Wolodarsky and writer Maya Forbes; Deleted scenes; Behind-the-scenes look at Seeing Other People; Theatrical trailer; Widescreen format

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jay Mohr Ed
Julianne Nicholson Alice
Josh Charles Lou
Andy Richter Carl
Lauren Graham Claire
Bryan Cranston Peter
Niki J. Crawford Venita
Matthew Davis Donald
Jonathan Davis Ricky
Helen Slater Penelope
Jill Ritchie Sandy
Dylan McLaughlin Actor
Mimi Rogers Actor
Liz Phair Actor

Technical Credits
Wallace Wolodarsky Director,Screenwriter
George Bamber Asst. Director
Kate Bunch Art Director
Dan Butts Production Designer
Vivian Cannon Executive Producer
Mark Doering-Powell Cinematographer
Alan Elliott Score Composer
Maya Forbes Executive Producer,Screenwriter
Dan Kaplow Executive Producer
Kenneth McLaughlin Sound/Sound Designer
Karen Meisels Casting
Judy Oseransky Associate Producer
Gavin Polone Producer
Jacqueline Saint Anne Costumes/Costume Designer
Stewart Schill Editor
Richard Schor Co-producer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Happiness [2:34]
2. Engagement Party [6:23]
3. Casual Sex [2:22]
4. A New Adventure [4:59]
5. Alice Makes Her Move [4:46]
6. Ed's Turn [3:57]
7. Best Sex in Years [2:44]
8. Loosened Up [5:07]
9. Going Their Own Way [1:49]
10. Intervention [1:33]
11. Good Mom [3:12]
12. "We're Adults" [5:55]
13. Three's a Crowd [8:32]
14. Breakup With Donald [2:33]
15. Jake's Note [5:11]
16. Spying on Ed [7:34]
17. Like a Porn Video [2:54]
18. One Crazy Night [9:54]
19. Meant to Be [2:04]
20. End Credits [5:52]

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