Monday, November 15, 2010

The Freebie

Dax Shepard and Katie Aselton play the perfect married couple who are perfect roommates and have the perfect friends and family.  But their sex life just isn’t what it used to be.  So they decide to allow each other one night to sleep with someone else, with hopes that it will only strengthen their marriage.  Want to place your bet on how that one goes?
OK, before I go any further, I can’t not say a few words about Dax Shepard.  First off, it’s hard for me to take any actor seriously who started on ‘Punk’d’.  (Admittedly, Ashton has grown on me somewhat.)  Second, Shepard strikes me as a poor man’s Zach Braff.  (And Zach Braff as a poor man’s John Ritter.)  And third, he’s clearly not good enough for fianc√© Kristen Bell.  But with all that said, he really wasn’t terrible.  Damn you, Dax! 
I will also point out that the film is directed by Aselton, who also happens to be married to Mark Duplass, increasingly famous for ‘mumblecore’ films like ‘The Puffy Chair’, ‘Baghead’, and ‘Cyrus’.
But I digress.
Considering how low budget it is, the film isn’t bad, but it also isn’t the most original topic.  I certainly found ‘Indecent Proposal’ more interesting, when $1M was thrown into the mix.  But here, we pretty much know where it’s going.  The only fun is the journey.  The cast is key, and Shepard and Aselton do a decent job.  And it’s really short at only 77 minutes.  But be forewarned, if you see this movie on a date as a couple, there will undoubtedly be some uncomfortable conversation on the car ride home.  Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
Grade:  C+


  1. You only don't like him because he's engaged to Kristen Bell. Also, I did not know that she was engaged.

    But my first thought when I saw who was in this movie was: Dax Shepard? Really? That guy has a career? I was beginning to think I was confusing him with the guy from Punk'd. Guess I wasn't.

  2. Have you seen Dax Shepard on the NBC show Parenthood? He's great. I am a big fan of that show.

  3. I like that not all movies are over 2 hours anymore, there for a while if you eanted to watch a movie you had to block off an entire afternoon!

  4. OK Taralyn, guilty as charged. But I did admit he wasn't bad. I'll have to check him out in Parenthood, Adam. And yes, let's hope for many more shorter films, Jen!