BE WARNED - SPOILER(ISH)
Friendship is hard. Being friends is the easy part. It's laughs and good times, parties and shared ideals, a sympathetic ear and a pick-me-up when times are down. It's everything that one thinks of when picturing BFFs (best friends forever). But sustaining enduring friendships while dealing with the constant swirling winds of life and love is a difficult course for most to manage.
Life Partners takes us on a lighthearted exploration of the trials and tribulations of friendship. Sasha (Leighton Meester), a fun loving hipster lesbian, and Paige (Gillian Jacobs), a type A-lite lawyer, are perfect partners in crime. They are friends who delight in the quirky nature of their friendship and their shared journey through singleness. They get each other and accept one another in that "easy as Sunday morning" way friends do.
That is, until they dare each other to double web-dates. Paige meets Tim (Adam Brody), a movie-quoting doctor, and though initially hesitant because of his quirks, finds herself drawn to his good-guy charm. What follows is a cursory exploration in the changing dynamic of Paige and Sasha's friendship, and their inevitable confrontation with adulthood.
The casting of Gabourey Sidibe, Beth Dover adds a dash of "good-hearted lesbian humor" (lesbian sword fighting!) that could play as stereotypical, but not here. It's just funny. While director Susanna Fogel could have pushed a stronger lesbian angle, keeping the platonic friendship front and center pays dividends.
So while Life Partners examines the difficult questions of staying best friends forever, it does so by maintaining a cheerful and joyous outlook about friendship and just what it takes to stay friends.
I'd give it a 7 out of 10!
Out on DVD and blu-ray now, Life Partners is a fun movie and I hope you have as much of a good time watching it as I did!