Look at the films of Blake Edwards, who is arguably the master of the genre, and you will find just as many misses as hits.
For, if a film of this nature ever fails to work, it can never fall back on the tried and true toilet humor of a teen sex comedy [i.e.
"American Pie"], or warm the audience with the sentimentality of a romantic comedy [i.e. It can only maintain a push to the end, and hope that the audience can appreciate the almost required irony of it's resolution.
Written by husband/wife team Wally Wolodarsky and Maya Forbes, "Seeing Other People" opens with engaged couple Ed & Alice [Jay Mohr & Julianne Nicholson] only seconds away from rear-ending the car in front of them.
Things start reasonably well, but soon their relationship goes awry.
Can the genie get back in the bottle and Ed and Alice return to companionship - or does seeing other people put an end to how Alice and Ed used to be?
Sophisticated sex comedies are always difficult to pull off.
So when the line to propel the plot forward is uttered - expectedly from the least likely of the two - it is as if the very relationship itself is calling for a change, even if it means it's own destruction.
Once all the ground rules are set [Ed can not sleep with her mother or, for that matter, Salma Hayek], the two head off in their separate directions in the hope of finding some meaningless sex to strengthen their relationship.At first, everything seems to go as planned as their daily trysts only help to fire up the passion between them.