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Friends with Benefits

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Friends with BenefitsWhile trying to avoid the clichés of Hollywood romantic comedies, Dylan and Jamie soon discover however that adding the act of sex to their friendship does lead to complications.

Director: Will Gluck

Writers: Keith Merryman , David A. Newman

Staring: Mila Kunis, Justin Timberlake and Patricia Clarkson

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mila Kunis Emma Stone

Mila Kunis Emma Stone

Woody Harrelson Justin Timberlake

Woody Harrelson Justin Timberlake

Jenna Elfman

Jenna Elfman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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One Review for “Friends with Benefits”

  1. Martin Murray says:

    This film is another sex romp in the “R” rated sense that has become prevalent in the last few years. It works mostly on the strength of its two leads, Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis, both of which should now be carrying films into the foreseeable future.
    Justin Timberlake portrays Dylan who is brought to New York for a job interview by Jamie (Kunis). The two immediately hit it off. However, they have both recently gone through bad relationships and are not ready for another one. Instead they decide to have sex with no strings attached.
    If that sounds familiar to you, it is because there was a film about six months ago with the same premise which stared Natalie Portman. That film did pretty good box office and contrary to prevailing attitudes at the major distributors, this one probably will too. You see, studios do not think two similarly themed films released so close to each will have a chance. That theory will truly be tested next year when the two live action Snow White films are released within a few months of each other.
    Getting back to this film, Mila Kunis shines on the screen and proves that her leading role in Forgetting Sarah Marshal was no fluke. Here she commands the screen from the opening scene until the inevitable conclusion. The same goes for Timberlake who has matured more and more as an actor with each succeeding role.
    The plot does not really matter except to say that eventually the film becomes the same old romantic comedy that it tries desperately not to be in the opening scenes. It is quite simply, “boy meets girl, boy loses girl . . . . .” You figure out the rest.
    Writer/Director Will Gluck does as good a job as he can with the material. But again, how much more can you do with a mainstream romantic comedy? It doesn’t matter really because the formula continues to work.
    Morally, the film does not have much to be desired. As in many of the “R” rated comedies that have been released recently, there is no morals. The entire film is based upon a pre-marital affair. And, the majority of the jokes are just as raunchy.

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