The Freebie
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A couple hatches a highly dubious scheme to put the spark back in their marriage in this independent comedy drama. Annie (Katie Aselton) and Darren (Dax Shepard) have been married for seven years, and they love each other as much as the day they were wed; they're affectionate, have fun together, and enjoy games such as crossword puzzle races. They would seem to have a perfect relationship, except for one thing -- they haven't had sex in ages, and seem to have lost all interest in making love with one another, no matter how they try to put each other in the mood. Hoping to put some… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 58%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A sly examination of the fragility of love."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"Though the dialogue explores some interesting territory, the couple remain elusive and a little dull; we never learn anything about them beyond the subject at hand, so they seem to exist in an odd, screenwriting-exercise vacuum."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"Aselton proves herself to be a formidable filmmaker with a keen eye for shame, making the picture something of a surprise, especially with its sense of marital realism."
‑ Brian Orndorf,
"Something of an emotional-psychological cheat. The big emotional argument to which the film builds is inherently less interesting than what causes that action -- all of which remains unaddressed."
‑ Brent Simon, Shared Darkness
"The chemistry between the stars makes them an easy couple to root for."
‑ Dan Fienberg, HitFix
"A not too funny, not too sad, largely improvised dramedy about two nice people who both succumb to the seven-year-itch and live to regret it."
‑ Tirdad Derakhshani, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Though its premise seems ripe for a high-concept studio yukfest, The Freebie is all the better for its low-budget, human-scale approach."
‑ Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times
"Annie and Darren grow on us organically. The more they squirm, the more entertaining they are."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"An intriguing premise rendered ultimately bland and moralistic."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"Aselton keeps it simple, and in the process makes an astute, powerful film."
‑ Eric D. Snider, Cinematical
"Aselton gets a lot said in 78 minutes. I think the main thing she says is something never overtly spoken, that life is essentially a lonely experience - even when we're surrounded by activity, and even if we never shut up."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"Katie Aselton has achieved the seemingly impossible. She's turned a movie about sex into a boring, talky snooze."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"Love's fragile intangibles rarely feel so visible. Viewers with a wandering eye may feel like they've gotten something out of their system."
‑ Matt Pais,
"Raw and emotionally intriguing two-hander (mostly), about the dangers of temptation and the freedom of monogamy."
‑ Marshall Fine, Hollywood & Fine
"With a sure hand both behind and in front of the camera, Aselton exposes a raw nerve within all of us, and even entertains in the process."
‑ Katey Rich,
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