Sex Addiction Snags a Rom Com

By May Wilkerson 06/27/13

Upcoming comedy Thanks for Sharing explores the "lighter" side of 12-step recovery from sex addiction.

Can a sex addict in recovery find love?
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Thanks For Sharing is no Shame. Both are big screen films exploring sex addiction—but while 2011's Shame was a sultry drama starring Michael Fassbender as an active addict in downward spiral, Thank You For Sharing looks to be more of a light-hearted recovery-themed romp. The film, set in NYC, stars Mark Ruffalo as a recovering sex addict, and his 12-step fellows, played by Josh Gad and pop star Pink, as they attend meetings and work the steps (and, presumably, look for love). Oscar-winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow plays the romantic lead, who believes sex addiction is "something that guys just say when they get caught cheating." But her mind may change after she stumbles upon a 12-step medallion belonging to her new boyfriend (played by Ruffalo) and he reveals he has been in recovery for five years. It's a big screen debut for rocker Pink, who calls the 12-step meetings a "sausage fest" and tells Gad's character "Damn, dude, you just got all Jack Bauer on me!" when he tries to stop her from relapsing with an ex. Will the film break taboos about sex addiction, or fuel stereotypes? We won't know for sure until it hits theaters in September—but you can check out the trailer below:

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May Wilkerson is a writer, comic and Managing Editor @someecards. Co-host of the podcast Crazy; In Bed w/alyssalimp. She is also the top Google result for "insufferable lunatic." Follow this insufferable lunatic on Twitter.