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Thanks for Sharing

Thanks for Sharing

Released: September 20, 2013

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Song Credits

    Written by Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performed by Dubravka Tomsic
    Courtesy of The Savoy Label Group, Selectracks, and BMG Chrysalis
  • "EASY"
    Written by Paige Wood and Steven Dies
    Performed by The Peach Kings
    Courtesy of Getty Images Music
    Written and Performed by Elvis Costello
    Courtesy of Universal Classics Group
    Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
    Written by Rick Nielsen
    Performed by Cheap Trick
    Courtesy of Cheap Trick Unlimited, Inc.
    Written and Performed by Darden Smith
    Courtesy of Dualtone Music Group, Inc.
    Written by John Darnielle
    Performed by The Mountain Goats
    Courtesy of 4AD
    By arrangement with Beggars Group Media Limited
  • "SOPHIA"
    Written by Alex Dezen
    Performed by The Damnwells
    Courtesy of Poor Man Records and Pledge Music Recordings
    By arrangement with Ghost Town, Inc.
    Written by Daniel May and Marc Ferrari
    Courtesy of FirstCom Music
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    Written and Performed by Kathryn Gallagher
    Produced by Scott Feldman
    Courtesy of Blurred Line Music
    Written by Anne Clark and Sharon Clark
    Performed by St. Vincent
    Courtesy of 4AD
    By arrangement with Beggars Group Media Limited
  • "SYMPHONY NO 4 OP 90 4"
    Written by Felix Mendelssohn
    Performed by South German Philharmonic Orchestra, Alfred Scholz
    Courtesy of Savoy Label Group and Selectracks
    Written by Peter Silberman, Michael Lerner and Darby Cicci
    Performed by The Antlers
    Courtesy of Frenchkiss Records
    By arrangement with The Orchard
    Written by Arlester Christian, Kelvin Swaby, Dan Taylor, Spencer Page and Chris Ellul
    Performed by The Heavy
    Courtesy of Counter Records
    By arrangement with Zync Music Group LLC
    Written and Performed by Billy Bragg
  • "HERO"
    Written by Joe Keefe
    Performed by Family Of The Year
    Courtesy of Nettwerk Productions

Review: Thanks for Sharing

by Sean Saulsbury September 23, 2013
3.5 / 5 Stars

Thanks for Sharing is first and foremost a movie about addiction. It does not moralize, demonize or glorify it. Instead, it shows us what addiction is, plain and simple.

The story follows several sex addicts in various phases of their lives: from a the recovered turned mentor who is still married to his wife, to the newbie addict who is forced to deal with his addiction because of a court order. As we follow these characters' lives, one thing becomes clear: there is absolutely nothing sexy about about sex addiction.

For anyone who has struggled with addiction or know someone who has, Thanks for Sharing is cathartic. It is a healthy reminder of what addiction is and that its self-destructive nature is absolute. Even for those who have only ever tried to break a bad habit, there will be plenty of moments in the movie that will ring true.

This is close to as good as naturalism can be, and writer and first time director Stuart Blumberg—who co-wrote The Kids Are All Right—is in familiar territory. The comedic moments work well and are contrasted with scenes of heavy emotions that manage to draw you into the characters and make you want to root for them.

The film's darkest moment occurs early in movie when Josh Gad's character, an overweight sex and pornography addicted medical doctor, stuffs his face with donuts in one lonely scene of desperation. This moment perfectly epitomizes the theme of the nature of addiction because we see, in just the expressions on his face, that what he is doing is completely self destructive, that he cannot stop himself—and that he knows it.

The movie does cheat its way through some transitions, which mostly consist of playing a song or background score while characters are walking down the street. Credited with "additional music," Craig Wedren scores an unfortunately overbearing and out of place "streetwalking" percussion track that does more harm than good. Comedy must be authentic, and beating the audience over the head with a loud drum is off putting best and patronizing at worst.

The song choices are strong and well placed, and kudos are in order for music supervisor Robin Urdang. The original score by Christopher Lennertz—mostly played during the serious moments—is subtle and well placed. Look for both the soundtrack album, which features some nice discoveries such as the song "Hero," as well as Lennertz's original score album, both released by Milan Records.

Thanks for Sharing may not be the most inspiring movie of the year, but it should prove valuable to anyone who has dealt with addiction in some form, whether with oneself or with someone else. The ensemble cast comes together well, which can be challenging for a movie with this many prominent characters. Director Stuart Blumberg shows us what independent film is all about and reminds us why a trip to your local one- or two-screen theater (or overpriced trendy theater, as the case may be) has its place.

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