Life Partners is a 2014 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by Susanna Fogel and co-written with Joni Lefkowitz. 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 released on demand platforms on November 6, 2014, and in select theaters on December 5, 2014.
|Directed by||Susanna Fogel|
|Edited by||Kiran Pallegadda|
|Music by||Eric D. Johnson|
|Distributed by||Magnolia Pictures|
Paige, an environmental lawyer, and Sasha, a struggling musician working as a receptionist, are two best friends in their late 20s. After forcing themselves to try online dating one night, they go on separate dates. Sasha's ends in disaster, while Paige has a good date with Tim, a young and charming doctor.
Sasha continues to have a string of bad dates and failed relationships while Paige and Tim continue dating. Tim eventually proposes to Paige and she accepts. Sasha begins to feel excluded as Paige begins to focus more on Tim and their relationship, while Paige begins to feel that Sasha is childish as Paige hates the girls Sasha dates and does not think much of her lack of direction. At a barbecue that Paige and Tim host, they try to set up Sasha with a woman they think of as kind and reliable. When Sasha blows her off, Paige and Sasha have a falling-out and stop speaking to one another.
Sasha gets fired from her job over her poor performance. She later runs into Tim who is also having a difficult time in his relationship with Paige who is constantly trying to control him and refuses to apologize. While there, Tim also tells Sasha that it is fine for her to give up on her dream of being a musician if that is no longer what she is passionate about. The conversation leaves Sasha with a better impression of Tim.
Realizing that she is too stubborn, Paige apologizes to Tim. Sometime later as she is driving her car, she sees Sasha out driving. The two begin to honk at each other and shout at each other in pretend anger, a joke that they played on one another when they were friends.
- Gillian Jacobs as Paige Kearns
- Leighton Meester as Sasha Weiss
- Adam Brody as Tim
- Greer Grammer as Mia
- Gabourey Sidibe as Jen
- Julie White as Deborah
- Abby Elliott as Vanessa
- Kate McKinnon as Trace
- Mark Feuerstein as Casey
- Monte Markham as Ken
- Rosanna DeSoto as woman in car
- Elizabeth Ho as Valerie
- Simone Bailly as Angelica
- Beth Dover as Jenn
- Zee James as Claire
The film is an adaptation of the play Life Partners, written by Lefkowitz and Fogel based on their friendship and similar to the one depicted in Walking and Talking by Nicole Holofcener. In 2011, the play, starring Amanda Walsh and Shannon Woodward, was created and premiered as part of one-act play series Unscreened, which develops and produces world-premiere short plays by some of Hollywood's fastest-rising writers and featuring multi-star casts. In the aftermath of its success, producer Jordana Mollick approached the pair to consider adapting the play into a feature.
Lefkowitz and Fogel first considered Kristen Bell and Evan Rachel Wood for the role of Sasha, but when they both became pregnant, the role was given to Leighton Meester. Magnolia Pictures acquired the US rights to the film on May 16, 2014.
Set in Minneapolis, Minnesota, principal photography began in April 2013 and lasted 19 days. The film was primarily shot in Glendale, California, and Eagle Rock, Los Angeles. Some scenes were shot at Griffith Park and at Long Beach, California, during the Long Beach Lesbian & Gay Pride. Other scenes were also filmed in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Minneapolis skyline and a few Minneapolis landmarks are also shown in the film.
Life Partners earned $8,265 in North America.
On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 67%, based on 36 reviews, with an average rating of 6.10/10. The site's consensus reads: "With two appealing leads adrift in a sitcom-worthy plot, Life Partners doesn't do quite enough to earn viewers' commitment." On Metacritic, the film has a score of 57 out of 100, based on 15 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".
Ronnie Scheib of Variety praised the lead performances: "Jacobs fully inhabits her less-than-completely-sympathetic role with warmth and just the right touch of unconscious entitlement, while Meester luminously expands the film's affective core." Frank Scheck of The Hollywood Reporter wrote: "Life Partners boasts a sweetly relaxed vibe that makes it go down easily thanks to the witty screenplay by Fogel and Joni Lefkowitz and the highly appealing performances by Leighton Meester (Gossip Girl) and Gillian Jacobs (Community)."
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