Sex comedies are tougher to pull off than they might seem. Case in point: Portrait of a Serial Monogamist.
Co-directors Christina Zeidler and John Mitchell have assembled a solid cast and written a script with some decent wit. But something about the film doesn’t quite gel. It’s a bit like foreplay that goes nowhere: pleasant but not particularly satisfying.
Diane Flacks plays Elsie, whose mid-life crisis causes her to dump her partner of five years for no particularly well-enunciated reason. She gets plenty of advice and support from a coterie of friends, some of whom — like Sarah (Sabrina Jalees) and Rachel (Shoshana Sperling) — are quite hilarious.
But there’s something seriously wrong when you can’t coax great performances from comedy vets like Gavin Crawford and Robin Duke.
The film could have been edgier and more sharply observed. And since it deals with sex and intimacy, a little eroticism would have helped.