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Between Clark Gregg's Choke and Steve McQueen's Shame, sex addiction has been portrayed on the big screen in very different ways in recent years. The former, an adaptation of Chuck Palahniuk's notorious novel starring Sam Rockwell, took a more darkly comedic look at the condition, centering on a protagonist who actually doesn't really care about controlling his more basic impulses, and instead actually fully embraces them in the worst ways possible. The latter, on the other hand, is one of the darkest dramas in recent memory and portrayed Michael Fassbender's character as a slave to his urges who suffers constantly as a result. But now we have Thanks For Sharing, the new film from Oscar nominated filmmaker Stuart Blumberg, which, from the look of the trailer, tonally seems to fall somewhere in between its two predecessors.
The directorial debut for Blumberg, who scored some Oscar attention thanks to his co-written screenplay for the hit 2010 indie dramedy The Kids Are All Right, the new ensemble film centers on group of characters who are all suffering from sex addiction. Meeting regularly for support sessions, each of them struggles with their own personal demons as it effects their personal lives, including their families, friends, and significant others. The impressive cast boasts Mark Ruffalo, Gwyneth Paltrow, Josh Gad, Tim Robbins, Joely Richardson, Carol Caine, Patrick Fugit and Alecia "P!nk" Moore.
We've actually been hearing about this film for a long time now, Ruffalo first becoming attached all the way back in January of 2011, shortly before earning his first Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor in The Kids Are All Right. Given its downright amazing cast you'd think that the movie would have had no problem picking up a release date, but after it debuted at last year's Toronto International Film Festival the film kind of fell off the radar. Thankfully, the movie was picked up by Lionsgate and is now scheduled to arrive in theaters on September 20th - more than a full year after its premiere.
From the looks of the trailer, which you can watch above courtesy of Yahoo!, the film looks like its going to be performing some serious tonal acrobatics, but it looks very interesting and its cast is quite compelling. As much as I like Ruffalo, however, Gad appears to be the one to really watch here, as the emotional breakdown he has in the middle of the preview looks quite devastating. How will it play within the feature as a whole? We'll just have to wait and find out.
And just for kicks, you can revisit Blumberg's last great hit below.