Life Partners (2014)
Written/Directed by: Susanna Fogel, Joni Lefkowitz
Starring: Leighton Meester, Gillian Jacobs, and Adam Brody
They say men and women mature at different rates, but I contend that gender has little to do with it. PEOPLE mature at different rates, a fact that becomes painfully obvious to Sasha and best friend Paige in 2014’s Life Partners.
Loosely based on their own friendship, writers Susanna Fogel and Joni Lefkowitz’s first feature explores the phase in life when something resembling stability begins to emerge from the swirling, wine and pizza-stained flux that is our twenties.
Peeking her head above the muck first is Paige (Gillian Jacobs) a young law associate craning her neck for a better look at Tim (a very stubbly Adam Brody) the decidedly
“normal” guy who has eluded Paige until now. As their relationship solidifies Paige’s best friend Sasha (Leighton Meester) finds herself playing second-fiddle for the first time in their history. The demotion inevitably turns to resentment, which forces Sasha to take a closer look at her own life and admit some shortcomings she might not be equipped to deal with.
While skewering targets like Millennials (the girl with the surgically attached iPhone) and hipster culture (the guy who won’t stop quoting The Big Lebowski) earns laughs, LifePartners was praised in indie circuits for featuring a gay character whose sexuality informs her story rather than defines it (rarer than you’d think). Sasha is gay, yes, but the film is more concerned with other themes in her life like friendship and adulthood – a refreshing change of pace from the criminally underwritten gay characters in other films whose orientation is their defining characteristic.
Here’s hoping Life Partners reverses that trend.
Availability: Netflix (US), digital download, Blu-Ray, and DVD
By Justin Rawana
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