Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Susanna Fogel|
|Music by||Eric D. Johnson|
|Edited by||Kiran Pallegadda|
|Distributed by||Magnolia Pictures|
Life Partners is a 2014 American romantic comedy film directed by Susanna Fogel and co-written with Joni Lefkowitz. It is Fogel's feature film directorial debut. The film stars Leighton Meester, Gillian Jacobs, Adam Brody, Greer Grammer, Gabourey Sidibe, and Julie White. The film premiered on April 18, 2014 at the Tribeca Film Festival in the Spotlight section. The film was released on November 6, 2014 on demand platforms, and in select theaters on December 5, 2014.
Paige and Sasha are two best friends in their late 20s, Paige a lawyer, Sasha a struggling musician working as a receptionist. After forcing themselves to try online dating one night they go on separate dates. Sasha's ends in disaster while Paige has a good date with Tim, a young and charming doctor.
Sasha continues to have a string of bad dates and failed relationships while Paige and Tim continue dating. Tim eventually proposes to Paige and she accepts. Sasha begins to feel excluded as Paige begins to focus more on Tim and their relationship, while Paige begins to feel that Sasha is childish as Paige hates the girls Sasha dates and doesn't think much of her lack of direction. At a barbecue that Paige and Tim host they try to set up Sasha with a woman they think of as kind and reliable. When Sasha blows her off Paige and Sasha get into a fight and stop speaking to one another.
Sasha gets fired from her job over her poor performance. She later runs into Tim who is also having a difficult time in his relationship with Paige who is constantly trying to control him and refuses to apologize. While there Tim also tells Sasha that it is fine for her to give up on her dream of being a musician if that is no longer what she is passionate about. The conversation leaves Sasha with a better impression of Tim.
Realizing that she is too stubborn, Paige apologizes to Tim. Sometime later as she is driving her car she sees Sasha out driving. The two begin to honk at each other and shout at each other in pretend anger, a joke that they played on one another when they were friends.
The film is an adaptation of the play Life Partners, written by Lefkowitz and Fogel based on their friendship and similar to the one depicted in Walking and Talking by Nicole Holofcener. In 2011, the play, starring Amanda Walsh and Shannon Woodward, was created and premiered as part of one act play series Unscreened, which develops and produces world-premiere short plays by some of Hollywood's fastest-rising writers and featuring multi-star casts. In the aftermath of its success, producer Jordana Mallick approached the pair to consider adapting the play into a feature.
Lefkowitz and Fogel first thought about Kristen Bell and Evan Rachel Wood to portray the role of Sasha, but when they both got pregnant, the role was given to Leighton Meester.Magnolia Pictures acquired the US rights to the film on May 16, 2014.
Set in Minneapolis, Minnesota, principal photography began in April 2013 and lasted 19 days. The film was primarily shot in Glendale, California and Eagle Rock, Los Angeles. Some scenes were shot at Griffith Park and at Long Beach, California during the Long Beach Lesbian & Gay Pride. Other scenes were also filmed in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Minneapolis skyline and a few Minneapolis landmarks are also shown in the film.
Life Partners earned $8,265 in North America.
On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a rating of 64%, based on 29 reviews, with an average rating of 6.1/10. The site's consensus reads "With two appealing leads adrift in a sitcom-worthy plot, Life Partners doesn't do quite enough to earn viewers' commitment." On Metacritic, the film has a score of 57 out of 100, based on 15 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".