'Life Partners' Totally Nails Female Best Friendship

December 4, 2014 5:58 PM

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'Life Partners' Totally Nails Female Best Friendship

Opposites attract in the new film "Life Partners" -- but for once, the relationship in focus is a platonic one. Susanna Fogel's directorial debut, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in April, features Gillian Jacobs and Leighton Meester as inseparable, 28-year-old best friends. Jacobs plays Paige, a lawyer who has a hard time when things don't go her way; Meester is Sasha, a confused aspiring musician who works as a receptionist. The pair lives like true best friends do: they have a weekly date to drink wine and watch "America's Next Top Model" (which often ends in a sleepover), and swipe through each other's Tinder matches with abandon. Paige is straight, Sasha is gay, and they are both looking for love.

But when Paige finds it in Tim (Adam Brody) while Sasha remains (mostly) single, the long-solidified dynamics of their relationship begin to shift. The film explores territory usually left uncharted after a rom-com's happy ending: how friendships hold up after true love enters the picture.

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