Life Partners is a movie about two best friends: Sasha (Leighton Meester from Gossip Girl) who is a lesbian, and Paige (Gillian Jacobs from Community), who is not. They have been friends forever and know each other like the palm of their hands. But when Paige meets Tim (Adam Brody from The O.C.), and they fall in love, their friendship changes and they start seeing each other in a new light.
What I liked most about this movie was, hands down, the characters. Sasha is irresponsible, bohemian, and lives in the moment. She’s funny and cute, but doesn’t really know what to do with her life. Paige, on the other hand, has it all figured out. She’s a lawyer and has finally met the man of her life. Both Meester and Jacobs pinned these characters down to perfection. Their acting adds undertones and layers of emotion to scenes that might have fallen flat if they had been interpreted by anyone else.
It was also great to see Adam Brody as Tim. I hadn’t heard from him since I finished watching The O.C. about a decade ago. In this film he’s the typical guy that every man can relate to. It wasn’t a surprise that while my husband sometimes got frustrated at the two main female characters while we were watching the movie, he could always identify and understand Tim–so there’s something here for everyone, girls and dudes alike.
Since the exchange between the characters is often times subtle, the audience has to kind of ‘read between the lines’, or rather ‘view between the scenes’ (umm not sure if that works but you get my drift) to understand how they are feeling and why they are feeling that way. Not everything in this movie is put on a silver platter for the audience to digest, and I like that. This isn’t a thinking-heavy movie, though. It’s fun and entertaining and easy to follow.
I thought it was interesting how the movie portrayed the lesbian community as being as diverse as I suppose it is in real life. I live in a super conservative country that is largely Catholic and there is no lesbian community here to speak of, so I don’t really know how it is in real life. Nevertheless, I liked that not one gay character was pigeon-holed or used for comedic purposes in the film, and that’s very cool.