Friends With Benefits

It’s just so tired…

2 opposite-sex best friends decide that their friendship can handle the added excitement of having sex and so they do it expecting everything to be the same except…everything changes! It’s a worn out storyline that has been used time and time again HOWEVER…I don’t know that I’ve ever seen 2 actors as likable as the two that grace the screen for this little gem of a romantic comedy.

Jamie (Mila Kunis) is a headhunter in New York City. She is hired on by big companies to find talented prospects for job opportunities. Dylan (Justin Timberlake) is an online magazine editor and workaholic living in L.A. but looking for opportunities elsewhere. And so Jamie finds Dylan for GQ magazine, flies him into the city, shows him around, he gets the job and the 2 of them start a friendship that is based on witty conversation and slight neuroticism. So what can happen between friends who are beautiful, single and readily available in New York City? Well…great sex, of course. And with no strings attached (oh wait…that’s a DIFFERENT movie…). Or so they think.

And that’s pretty much it. You know the rest from there. But the question is…does it work? Well…I’m happy to report that it DOES work and it works very well! Mila & Justin are made for this kind of romcom and when they are together, they shine. The banter is witty, the escalating love affair is well-paced and the supporting cast (consisting of Patricia Clarkson, Jenna Elfman, Woody Harrelson and Richard Jenkins) are perfectly matched for the style of writing in this movie. And with guest appearances by Andy Samberg, Shaun White and Emma Stone, there’s a LOT of firepower here! And it is VERY funny in most cases!

Obviously there isn’t much more to say about this film simply because you already know the drill, however I WILL say this…for your dollar, you can’t go wrong with this movie as a stay-at-home date night! It’s got a great cast, it’s got great writing and it’s directed by the same guy who brought us “Easy A” last year (Will Gluck, who is the new “It Guy” when it comes to romantic comedies like this). Rent it today and here’s hoping these 2 stars get together again someday. Maybe not so much for a sequel but for a different movie altogether that will show off their acting chops!

Overall Rating: B+

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One thought on “Friends With Benefits

  1. Nice review. Friends With Benefits is a dumb, by-the-numbers romantic comedy. Yet I kept finding small things to enjoy in it, mainly because of the two hard-to-hate leads.

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