Adam Scott In 'Sleeping With Other People' Vs. 'Parks & Recreation' — A Comparison

PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 23: Actor/executive producer Adam Scott from 'The Overnight' poses for a portrait at the Village at the Lift Presented by McDonald's McCafe during the 2015 Sundance Film Festival on January 23, 2015 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
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Sleeping With Other People is exactly what the title says: it's a movie where people sleep with other people. It's pretty straightforward: in the beginning of the movie, Lainey (Alison Brie) and Jake (Jason Sudeikis) meet for the first time in college while she is in a spat with a mysterious guy named Matthew. She's banging on his dorm room door, crying and screaming, while a crowd of co-eds, including Jake, watches, entertained. For her, Matthew is that guy: an addictive drug that she knows is bad for her, but she keeps on going back for more. You don't see his face in the movie, but in a surprising reveal later in the movie, we see that Matthew is played by Adam Scott — and Adam Scott in Sleeping With Other People vs. Parks and Recreation is a huge change, to say the least.

We all love Adam Scott, but Matthew is probably one of the biggest romantic comedy villains of all time. A bit of background: 12 years after Lainey, upset over Matthew, decides to lose her virginity to Jake, she runs into him again (at a a sex addicts meeting, no less) and they become friends. Meanwhile, she's still sleeping with a married Matthew, who treats her badly and doesn't show any care for the fact that he's cheating on his pregnant wife. It makes for quite an unhealthy relationship. and does a number on Lainey's self-esteem. 

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To see Adam Scott play a character like Matthew makes Ben Wyatt in Parks and Recreation 10 times more lovable, You won't get used to seeing the actor in a role like this, which is testament to his talent. Still, I hope the villain phase doesn't last! Below, a side-by-side comparison of his two characters to show you how different of a role SwOP is for Scott.

Nerd Vs. Jerk

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Ben Wyatt is a nerd in the most adorable way possible. He's passionate about the finer nerdy things in life... like Game of Thrones. Matthew is a nerd, too, but he's a nerd of the jerk variety. He's condescending and manipulative. He has no friends that we can see, and always looks totally miserable.

The Hair And Style

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In Sleeping With Other Friends, Matthew has slicked hair parted to the side with a thin mustache. He looks like a skeezy guy that you wouldn't trust. As for Parks' Ben, he has a boyish style and great hair that begs for a playful noogie.

Sense Of Humor

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Simply put, Matthew is a dud without a funny bone in his body. Ben has a sense of humor... even if it does consist of really dorky accountant jokes.

Cones Of Dunshire

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Ben invented the game "Cones of Dunshire." What has Matthew contributed to society besides his charmless adulterous ways?

Always A Gentleman

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There is a specific scene in Sleeping With Other People where it is clear that Matthew is a full-time jerk and doesn't know how to treat a lady. Plus, he's cheating on his pregnant wife! Ben would never do that. He's loyal and is forever a classy gentleman.

In the case of Ben vs. Matthew, it is clear who the better man is.

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