'The Freebie': 'Free' sex costs a couple dearly
A review of "The Freebie," a pale imitation of "Humpday," starring Dax Shepard and Katie Aselton.
Seattle Times movie critic
'The Freebie,' with Dax Shepard, Katie Aselton. Written and directed by Aselton. 80 minutes. Rated R for language and sexual content. Varsity.
Katie Aselton's wispy little movie plays like a pale imitation of "Humpday": a series of conversations between its vaguely sketched 30-something characters, all of which come down to a sexual dare. A young married couple stuck in a sexual rut offer each other a night of no-consequences infidelity — which turns out, of course, to have consequences.
Though the dialogue explores some interesting territory, the couple (played by Aselton and Dax Shepard) remain elusive and a little dull; we never learn anything about them beyond the subject at hand, so they seem to exist in an odd, screenwriting-exercise vacuum.
Filmed in bordering-on- claustrophobic close-ups, Aselton and Shepard do have an appealing naturalness and chemistry on camera; you believe that they belong together, despite all.
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