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Movie review: 'Thanks For Sharing' a predictable addiction movie

Published September 20, 2013 9:35 am

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Sex addiction, the characters in the comedy-drama "Thanks For Sharing" keep saying, is not like other kinds of addiction — but movies about sex addiction are, apparently, the same as movies about other addictions.

The movie centers on three men in a Manhattan recovery group for sex addicts: Adam (Mark Ruffalo), who's been "sober" five years and re-enters the dating scene when he meets the lovely Phoebe (Gwyneth Paltrow); Adam's sponsor, Mike (Tim Robbins), a pro at the recovery game, but having trouble coping when his recovering drug-addict son, Danny (Patrick Fugit), returns home; and Neil (Josh Gad), an ER doctor whose sexual obsessions get him in trouble at work and with the law.

Rookie director Stuart Blumberg (who co-wrote "The Kids Are All Right," which starred Ruffalo) overloads on movie references as he walks these characters predictably through their relationship problems, and you can set your watch to the inevitable relapse.

The movie's one wild card is Alecia Moore, better known as the singer Pink, who's impressive as a tough-talking sex addict who befriends Neil.

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'Thanks For Sharing'

Opens Friday, Sept. 20, at area theaters; rated R for language and some strong sexual content; 112 minutes.