The Freebie
The Freebie (2010)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: September 17, 2010
DVD Release Date: January 11, 2011
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Critic Score: 56% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

A sly examination of the fragility of love.

Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

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.

Brian Orndorf

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.

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Tirdad Derakhshani
Philadelphia Inquirer

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.

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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times

Though its premise seems ripe for a high-concept studio yukfest, The Freebie is all the better for its low-budget, human-scale approach.

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Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

Annie and Darren grow on us organically. The more they squirm, the more entertaining they are.

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

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.

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post

Katie Aselton has achieved the seemingly impossible. She's turned a movie about sex into a boring, talky snooze.

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Matt Pais

Love's fragile intangibles rarely feel so visible. Viewers with a wandering eye may feel like they've gotten something out of their system.

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Flixster Audience Score: 31% Flixster User Reviews
Lorenzo von Matterhorn
<i>"A One Night Experiment in Infidelity"</i> A young couple decides to give each other a night off, no questions asked.… More
Dan B
It's not the movie you expect. I mention that as a positive. I went into this movie expecting something light and silly, but it was quite the opposite. The… More
Walter M.
After a dinner party, Annie(Katie Aselton, who also directed) and Darren(Dax Shepard) are inspired by a newly single friend to talk about hypothetical sex… More
Christopher Haskell
Heartbreakingly real and honest, Darren and Annie have simply become too close that instead of taking a normal step forward in their relationship (say having a… More