Mark and Mary’s one year after meeting have fallen deeply, passionately, head over heels in love, and their whirlwind romance leads to marriage. So when Mary suddenly requests they open their relationship to “ethical non-monogamy”, Mark is taken by surprise but agrees to try it. Their relationship is put through its toughest test as jealousy, passion, and true love are explored in this romantic comedy that feels like it leaves potential on the floor.
The chemistry between the leads Ben Rosenfield and Hayley Law is undeniably strong. I think they had a level of potency that other romantic comedies playing with the ‘Friends With Benefits’ trope sacrifice for getting top-name talent like an Ashton Kutcher and Natalie Portman. When the relationship is tested, you feel that fear and somewhat anger at the idea of this relationship not working out. You genuinely care.
Where I felt there were missed opportunities is in the story. Certain points in the film are a little too baggy and could be trimmed up while others could be explored more. Specifically in building their relationship more before the turn, and more introspective looks at the characters’ motivations.
This is still one of the stronger films coming from Tribeca this year. It still is with me writing this review a week after watching it, and I think if you loved films like ‘500 Days of Summer’ when they came out you are going to have a good time with this.
Tribeca At Home
For the first time ever, Tribeca Film Festival is hosting #TribecaAtHome where you can experience the festival from the comfort of your couch!
With a robust lineup of exciting new films, shorts, and documentaries planned, #TribecaAtHome will also include an immersive showcase of 14 VR selections, various podcasts, and game programming.
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit: https://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/tickets