This week in movies you missed: The Lazarus Effect
, currently in theaters, stars Mark Duplass as a scientist trying to resurrect the dead and
his relationship with Olivia Wilde. Rick Kisonak's review
suggests the film is eminently missable. So I hopped on Netflix and checked out a less predictable movie that also happens to feature Duplass grappling with love troubles.
What You Missed
Ethan (Duplass) and Sophie (Elisabeth Moss of "Mad Men") are trying to rekindle that elusive spark in their marriage. They re-create the events of the night they first met, but they just aren't feeling the thrill anymore.
So their couples therapist (Ted Danson) suggests a private retreat at a gorgeous country estate. (According to IMDb, these scenes were shot at Danson and Mary Steenburgen's home in Ojai, Calif., and they offer some hardcore house/landscape porn.)
Then something odd happens.
MILD SPOILERS AHEAD, COVERING NO MORE THAN THE FIRST THIRD OF THE MOVIE:
In the property's guest house (not where they're staying), Sophie discovers Ethan. He's in a great mood, and the two enjoy an evening of banter and sex. When Sophie returns to the main house, she finds a grumpy Ethan there ahead of her, claiming he's been alone this whole time.