Friends With Benefits Reviews
June 22, 2013
Panders to a really dull audience while not being too spectacularly terrible.
January 31, 2015
Surprisingly acceptable rom-com, which despite the obligatory sappy ending entertains throughout.
January 29, 2015
I love Mila and Justin; this movie mostly has a good cast. but Friends With Benefits is predictable, cliched, insulting, un-funny and boring.
|A. R. Kirk||
January 20, 2015
Friends with Benefits does not work. If you have a friend and decide to be with benefits, look forward to shopping for a wedding dress together. Or making your other friends choose between you.
October 2, 2012
Satirical to the genre in some points with same elements such as a predictable outcome (in a different zone) from a new concept for the storyline that was performed by the appealing cast with only a couple of laughs and lots of making out and with an extra of weirdness. (C)
(Full review coming soon - requires another viewing probably)
January 17, 2015
Dylan and Jamie think it's going to be easy to add the simple act of sex to their friendship, despite what Hollywood romantic comedies would have them believe. They soon discover, however, that getting physical really does always lead to complications. This film has its moments but soon into the film you know where it is going
February 26, 2014
Kunis and Timberlake are hilarious, and work really well together.
December 2, 2014
I guess rom-com's are hard to pull off.
But this one is up there as one of those good rom-com's.
November 18, 2014
Pretty straight forward relationship movie. Two charismatic actors, and all folks should find some 'easy on the eyes' scenes with Mila & JT rolling around. Not amazing, but fun enough
November 7, 2014
Guess it works well if you're in a mood for something light. Although the characters pretend to be anti-cliche, the movie gradually turns out to be an ordinary rom-com with a reasonable dose of cliches (thankfully, I was in a mood of overlooking them).
October 27, 2014
A movie which pokes fun at the clichés of a rom-com before inevitably becoming a clichéd rom-com. If you didn't know that a story about friends who agree to have sex with no strings attached will eventually end with them falling in love then you need to stop drinking and hold on to your last brain cell. As I often preach, I am a rom-com hater and so usually would stay away from chick flicks but I only chose to watch this because I heard rumours it mixed the formula up a bit. Yes it is not as lovey dovey as your standard one and the personalities of Timberlake and Kunis admittedly make for quite a likeable duo. But as it often is, there is little difference in how it all ends up despite the amount of make-ups, break-ups, emotional complications, family issues and arguments they go through along the way. The only benefits I got was a couple laughs and a barely dressed Mila Kunis.....actually I guess it wasn't all bad.
October 9, 2014
Essential to a good romantic comedy are: a believable chemistry between the protagonists; a story that is real enough to make you think it could happen; humor that is generally appealing enough to maintain levity through the majority of the movie and emotional enough to care about the characters situation when not smiling; the setting or locale is almost a third party in the relationship. When Harry Met Sally, Pretty Woman, etc. Down with Love is one of my all-time favorites too, but not exactly realistic, but still adorable. Friends with Benefits fits the criteria better than I've seen in years. In the Rom-Com genre, the film is near perfect. The chemistry between JT and Kunis is flawless and believable. The use of New York and Los Angeles were reflections of both their personalities and, thus, enhanced an understanding of the characters. The writing is smart, the editing makes the movie flow seamlessly and it even finds a way to make fun of itself and its genre. I enjoyed the film from the opening scene to the final credits.
October 8, 2014
Now, it's only natural to compare this movie to No Strings Attached which came out a few months before. Honestly, they are both good movies. However, I think that Friends With Benefits is a lot funnier and slightly more enjoyable. While I thought that the script was stretched a little too thin in this one, it has a much more relatable themes and is more fun altogether. But although both films are worth a watch, No Strings Attached is a little smarter and suffers less from cliches.
While I'm still not a huge fan of Timberlake's acting, the rest of the cast was tremendous and there's no denying that his chemistry with Kunis is near-perfect. This may be the sole reason to root for a happy ending at all. Because honestly I couldn't have felt more detached from their fates.
In slight attempts to make fun of itself, Friends With Benefits doesn't offer us anything terribly unique plot-wise, but it's truly a sum of its parts. In the long run, this is one that you're going to be rewatching before the other.
Twizard Rating: 79
October 7, 2014
It's predictable and contains too many sex scenes. Compatible leads. Watch it only if it reruns in the tv.
October 5, 2014
Friends with Benefits may be a cliche romantic comedy but I have to admit that the chemistry between Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis is amazingly good. They are both natural and really funny!
October 1, 2014
Before they become friends with benefits, pals Dylan (Justin Timberlake) and Jamie (Mila Kunis) watch a movie, and it happens to be a romantic comedy. Instead of oohing and ahhing, they laugh and point. Dylan rolls his eyes at the emotionally manipulative music, while Jamie ponders why her life can't be more magical.
"Friends with Benefits" is smarter than nearly every romantic comedy in the book - well, it tries to be - until the expected break-up, realization, and later, happy ending arrive. But even with a few too many clichés for a movie that wants to be meta, "Friends with Benefits" is much less lazy than its rivals.
It has some fantastic dialogue, a rounded ensemble, and a great deal more comedy than romance, which is, of course, a nice touch. This can all be credited to Will Gluck (the director of "Easy A"), who clearly wants to have some fun before getting to the gooey stuff.
The movie doesn't begin with Dylan and Jamie proving how good of friends they are, surprisingly. Instead, we witness them both breaking up with their (laughingly) terrible significant others.
Jamie's boyfriend (Andy Samberg) lets her off the hook before a movie, her "big eyes" apparently a factor. Dylan's girlfriend (Emma Stone), who dumps him before a John Mayer concert ("Here's an idea," she quips. "Instead of being late, just shit on my face, because that's the same thing as missing "Your Body is a Wonderland."), asks if they can still be friends before running into the concert, alone and giddy.
The point is proven: relationships can be hard, and when they end, they're even harder. At that moment in time, Dylan is the head of a popular website in Los Angeles. Jamie is an executive headhunter in New York. She entices him to come to the city through an offer to become the head art director of "GQ" magazine, an offer he certainly can't refuse.
After his interview, Dylan still isn't convinced. But Jamie, being Mila Kunis and a more modern, sexy Julia Roberts type, decides to show him the real New York City, not the one in "Seinfeld". What follows is a night of comedy fun and even a cameo from Shaun White. I say comedy fun because the romance still isn't a factor, and the film actually works well as a comedy.
And so, they become BFFs, and we like it that way: until they make the decision to become friends with benefits or rather, friends that have sex without any emotions attached. I could watch an entire movie focusing on pre-sex Dylan and Jamie all day: it would make for an entertaining buddy comedy. Timberlake and Kunis are great together, pals or lovers.
It's impossible not to enjoy "Friends with Benefits". You don't even have to like everything about it. I certainly wasn't a fan of its descent into familiar territory. But Timberlake and Kunis are both ridiculously appealing leads, and so are their co-stars. Gluck fills scene after scene with fast-paced and brightly dynamic conversations: even the "sex scenes", if they're even deserving of being called so, are playful, more interested in making us laugh then get turned on.
Busied by memorable supporting performances from Woody Harrelson and Patricia Clarkson, cemented by Gluck's direction, and assured by the leading actors, "Friends with Benefits" is an above average romantic comedy that is certainly one of the finest in ... years.
July 15, 2014
This isn't a terrible film exactly. In a vacuum, my rating is a bit low. But this isn't a vacuum; there is something in this movie which really bothers me. Its characters and dialogue encapsulate concerns I have about how many in my generation appear to have turned out. Easy, breezy and nonchalant to a fault, both leads seem to have an ease and disengagement with life. They're ludicrously successful, which is annoying for a film which wants the viewer to identify with their story, but that isn't really the problem. The problem here is that their relation to life has been re-calibrated to fit the tropes of social media exchanges, and anything that doesn't fit within this is an inscrutable nuisance. Life must be user friendly, like a MAC (and preferably stamped with the Apple logo). But aha one might say, isnt that the message of the movie, that we should move beyond the easy and casual? Well no, because due to the personality and manner of the characters, when raw emotion is attempted, it just seems out of place. My point is proven in the final scene, where the erstwhile friends profess their love for each other while jokingly, self-awarely observing as the crowd in Grand Central becomes a flash mob. What is true love? What is the pinnacle of life? A viral dance video, of course
September 19, 2014
Me gusto, al final de cuentas siempre caemos.
September 14, 2014
Saw this on 14/9/14
I generally dislike romantic movies, but on watching this film, I did not feel the usual boredom that I used to feel every time I watch a romantic film. It's good a few good laughs and the chemistry between it's leads is better than the movie itself. It's definitely a good one time watch.
September 9, 2014
Friends With Benefits is a great romantic comedy film that Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis are the best part of the movie. They make this movie worked, and if it wasn't for them, the movie would've sunken. The plot for it is nothing special, and it's predictable, but the chemistry between the two leads are great and they carry the movie. The fast dialogue could've not work as That Awkward Moment used that and they were doing that just to get a laugh of it. It was kind of the same in here at the ending where it's losing some of it's energy, but the beginning and the middle are snappy, smart and funny. I did not expect to enjoyed it, but I did.