The premise of Thanks for Sharing is promising enough as it centers around three people undergoing a 12-step process to recover from their sexual addiction. In addition, the strong cast – which includes Mark Ruffalo, Tim Robbins, Gwyneth Paltrow, Josh Gad and Alecia Moore (aka P!nk) – flesh out this intriguing premise well. However, the main problem lies in the third act where the various plotlines descend somewhat into cliche.
Which is the pity as the opening half of the film works very well as first-time director Stuart Blumberg competently develops the different flawed characters as well as the various relationships, where survival relates very much to a person’s success or failure in dealing with their sexual addictions.
Sadly, once we move towards the end of act two, there isn’t a sufficiently powerful emotional climax to satisfy the plot threads that had been built up to that point, except to cause our addictive characters to ‘fall off the wagon’. All too predictable and unsatisfying, in the final analysis.