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Originally published Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 3:05 PM

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‘Thanks for Sharing’? No, thanks

A review of a movie that looks like a romantic comedy, but isn’t: “Thanks for Sharing,” starring Mark Ruffalo and Gwyneth Paltrow.

Seattle Times movie critic

Movie Review 2 stars

‘Thanks for Sharing,’ with Mark Ruffalo, Gwyneth Paltrow, Tim Robbins, Josh Gad, Alecia Moore. Directed by Stuart Blumberg, from a screenplay by Blumberg and Matt Winston. 112 minutes. Rated R for language and some strong sexual content. Several theaters.

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Well, it looks like a comedy. Stuart Blumberg’s “Thanks for Sharing,” on its surface (and according to its trailer and advertising) seems like a jaunty, glossy little rom-com about sex addiction, in which Mark Ruffalo looks absurdly handsome and Gwyneth Paltrow looks exactly like Gwyneth Paltrow and Pink, aka Alecia Moore, turns up to provide a little hair excitement. But when you sit down to watch it, “Thanks for Sharing” is something else: a drama about addiction and recovery programs, and a fairly dull one at that.

Ruffalo plays Adam, a Manhattan environmental consultant with a fabulous apartment; Tim Robbins is Mike, an older fellow who wears plaid shirts; Josh Gad is Neil, an E.R. doctor whose apartment is untidy. This is pretty much everything we know about them, except that all of them struggle with sexual addiction (and some other addictions as well), that they regularly show up in meetings, that they’re decent guys who are doing their best, and ... wait, wasn’t this supposed to be a comedy? Or, if it’s a drama, shouldn’t these characters be more developed? Doesn’t Ruffalo deserve a better movie? Don’t we? So many questions; so little to see.

Moira Macdonald: 206-464-2725 or

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