Harry Hamm

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This weekend there are two films you can see about men and addiction to pornography. One film has a big promotional budget, the other does not. Both have great casts and a worthy story to tell.

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The movie with hardly any marketing behind it is “Thanks for Sharing,” a phrase used at many meetings of 12 step groups. Mark Ruffalo plays a guy who has suffered with a sexual addiction through most of his adult life until he joins a group of recovering addicts and manages to achieve 5 years of “sobriety,” that is, avoidance of his past destructive behavior. His sponsor in the group is another recovering sex addict played by Tim Robbins. Roffalo’s character is a successful, unmarried account executive with a large ad agency in New York City. He meets and is starting a relationship with a girl played by Gwyneth Paltrow. She is a survivor of breast cancer who has had a radical mastectomy, and tells Ruffalo about it when they first meet. He, on the other hand, has been less than direct with her and doesn’t say anything about his issues with pornography and sex.

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Josh Gad plays an ER resident who ends up in the same 12 step group as Robbins and Ruffalo. Ruffalo become his sponsor.

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There are some detailed crisscrossing storylines in “Thanks for Sharing” about the price sexual addiction exacts on the ability to have a relationship, a successful marriage and the ability to be a trusting parent. At times, the film seems like a bit of a soap opera. But on balance, it’s an honest, hard-hitting narrative about some painful truths that our society is want to really recognize. The cast is excellent across the board. The leads may not play totally sympathetic characters, but you get the feeling they all signed up for this film because they thought it was a story that needed to be told.



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