Thanks For Sharing - a Film on Sex Addiction

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I don’t remember where I saw or learned that Pink was in a movie but I did remember to take note of watching it as soon as I could. So sometime in 2014, I finally got to watching Thanks For Sharing and boy was I surprised. I had no idea the movie Pink was in was about sexual addiction.

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I didn’t bother reading any review, summary or anything about it before I watched it. As long as she was in it, it was good enough for me so I watched without any introduction whatsoever. I just popped it in and went for a ride. (On second thought, I think I saw the trailer but I forgot about it.)

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First let me tell you about the movie's subject matter.

 

 

 

♦     What is Sex Addiction?     ♦

According to Wikipedia,

Sexual addiction, also known as sex addiction, is a state characterized by compulsive participation or engagement in sexual activity, particularly sexual intercourse, despite negative consequences. Proponents of a diagnostic model for sexual addiction, as defined here, consider it one of several sex-related disorders within an umbrella concept known as hypersexual disorder. The term "sexual dependence" is also used to refer to people who report being unable to control their sexual urges, behaviors, or thoughts.

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Do you know anyone who has this? It's not something we can easily see unless that person is also a sleazy maniac. Eeeew. But in order to understand more about this "secret" problem, watch this Ted talk:

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Bear in  mind that since it is called an addiction, it is not as simple as having a bad habit. It is called addiction to sex and is considered a problem because it causes problematic situations in their social interaction and personal lives.

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♦     Movie Review    ♦

Hey let's watch the trailer first so you have an idea of how the film is. 

(Video credit: RoadsideFlix via YouTube)
 

 

The movie gave me a pretty good picture of what being a sex addict is like. I've seen some news on the subject but I think I only paid attention to sex addiction in movies when another movie about said topic, Don Jon, came out.

I haven’t seen that one yet as it’s not something that seems interesting to me even when a lot of people were all abuzz about it. But to actually watch a movie about that kind of addiction? It’s sort of awkward and disgusting when you think about it.

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As Mark Ruffalo’s character implied, sex addicts will be subjected to immediate judgement because of their addiction. Even I would negatively judge someone if they say they are a sex addict. Not a lot of people can understand this kind of addiction. Many will immediately look at them in disgust or simply look down on them without knowing who they are. But of course since watching this film, I think I have become more understanding about the issue.

Thanks For Sharing revolves around the story of four people who attend group therapy sessions and help each other control their sex addiction to make their lives better. Mark Ruffalo’s character is friends with a doctor in the movie who in turn became friends with Pink’s character. All of them are under Tim Robbins’ character who is the head of the group sharing meetings they all go to.

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The movie not only informs us about sexual addiction but it also deals with other kinds of addiction people have, like drug or alcohol addiction. At one point it also shows how flawed people can be when we let our issues/past experiences haunt us and take over us.

I also love how they imparted the need for a Higher Being to be sober, not necessarily God but something bigger or enlightened and higher than us humans. Definitely something I resonate with as I believe there may or may not be a God, or Allah or whatever you might call it, but there definitely is a higher Almighty being somewhere we don’t know.

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Actually it’s good Hollywood is kind of focusing on these things now so people will be aware of it. It’s not surprising Hollywood is tackling movies with this kind of addiction now, what with all the media buzz about how sex sells in the US and other places. I’m not entirely sure but I think the US popularized the “sex sells” view by sharing it with the whole world through their movies, music and TV shows. Not that that’s the only thing they shared to the world of course, but it gave people more access to the idea of sexual addiction.

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At least the movie wasn’t so bad. It can get uncomfortable sometimes but it’s all good. It’s a bit of a feel good movie with all the human flaws and mental sicknesses shown for all the world to see. We humans aren’t perfect but at least most of us strive to be better people for the sake of everyone else.

If I was to rate this movie from 1 to 10, 10 being the highest, I give this movie a 7. movie_about_addiction

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