Freebie, The (2010)

 

Written, directed and starring Katie Aselton (TV show “The League”), “The Freebie” centers on a happily married couple with a stalled sex life who look to spice things up by agreeing to an experiment: for one night each partner can freely cheat on the other with no repercussions. 

After premiering at the Sundance Film Fest in 2010, “The Freebie” also played at SouthWest and other festivals.

Darren (Shepard) and Annie (Aselton) share a relationship built on love, trust and communication.  They enjoy each other’s company, and laugh at each other’s jokes, but there’s a “minor” problem, they just can’t remember the last time they had sex.

 

When a dinner party conversation leads to an honest discussion about their love life, they begin to flirt. To spice things up, they reach a deal: one night of freedom, no strings attached, no questions asked.  Could a “freebie” be the cure for their ailing sex life?   And will they go through with it?   

 

With a keen eye and fresh take, Aselton’s directorial debut offers a look at love, relationships, and the awkwardness of monogamy when the initial lust has faded.  

The film was executive produced by Aselton and Mark Duplass (“Cyrus”) and produced by Adele Romanski (“Myth of the American Sleepover’).

DVD Bonus Features: Audio commentary with Katie Aselton and Dax Shepard, Theatrical Trailer, National Freebie Day PSAs, Photo Gallery

Born and raised in the small coastal town of Milbridge, Maine, Katie Aselton graduated from The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, New York in 2003.  Frequently working with the Duplass Brothers, she starred in “The Puffy Chair” (Sundance 2005, nominated for two Independent Spirit Awards), and “Intervention” (Berlin 2006, Silver Bear and Teddy Award), and also has a role alongside John C. Reilly in the Fox Searchlight Movie, “Cyrus.” She has appeared in NBC’s “The Office” and stars in the new FX television show “The League,” currently in its second season.