You need two basic ingredients for a romantic comedy: romance and comedy. Sleeping With Other People was very little of either, and not that much “sleeping” either — except if you count the whole film being a total snoozefest.
The premise itself is pretty tired. Two former college friends meet and, despite being attracted to each other, decide not to have sex. They have a safeword if they get too close to the topic, as if their friendship were a BDSM relationship.
This sort of separate beds plot used to be popular in the 1930s and ’40s with films such as It Happened One Night. The moral censorship standards imposed on filmmakers at that time forced such plots as a way to get around depicting sexual relationships. That sort of censorship ended in the 1950s, making plots like this unnecessary.
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(Still of Jason Sudeikis and Alison Brie in Sleeping with Other People. Photo by Linda Kallerus)