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Just Friends (2005)


Average Rating: 5.1/10
Reviews Counted: 99
Fresh: 41
Rotten: 58

Critics Consensus: There are moments of mirth in this overly broad comedy, but mostly, Just Friends is just not that funny.

Average Rating: 5/10
Reviews Counted: 30
Fresh: 11
Rotten: 19

Critics Consensus: There are moments of mirth in this overly broad comedy, but mostly, Just Friends is just not that funny.


Average Rating: 3.4/5
User Ratings: 419,414


Movie Info

When Chris, a likable, high-school loser, finally gathers the courage to reveal his love to Jamie -- the girl of his dreams and a super cool cheerleader -- she rejects him, saying she just wants to be friends. So, he moves across the country and transforms himself into a selfish, womanizing and successful music executive. But, 10 years later, circumstances bring him back to his home town and fate reconnects him with the "just friends" girl of his dreams. Suddenly, Chris has the chance to undo … More

PG-13 (for sexual content including some dialogue)
Drama , Romance , Comedy
Directed By:
In Theaters:
Mar 7, 2006
Box Office:
New Line Cinema - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Just Friends

All Critics (112) | Top Critics (34) | Fresh (41) | Rotten (58) | DVD (14)

Just Friends is just stupid.

Full Review… | November 29, 2005
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

Just Friends is part Farrelly Brothers and part Romy and Michele's High School Reunion, all wrapped together to deliver gross-out gags in bizarrely random and rapid-fire fashion, with zero intent to develop sustainable plot or character.

Full Review… | November 28, 2005
Toronto Star
Top Critic

Just Friends hangs its crude, clobbering sense of humor on a dubious theory.

November 28, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

... while the ending might be a foregone conclusion, getting there involves just enough slapstick manful idiocy to keep the humor moving at a clip.

Full Review… | November 28, 2005
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic

A barbed romantic comedy with a distinct debt to the Farrelly brothers' gross-out-plus-sentimentality formula, Just Friends is a welcome antidote to the usual seasonal sweetness.

Full Review… | November 28, 2005
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Not particularly original, Just Friends works largely due to Reynolds' screen charisma and comic timing, but it does work, and works well.

Full Review… | March 29, 2011

Despite a rich premise, Just Friends ultimately fails to live up to its early potential, settling into broad comedy that shortchanges the romantic possibilities.

Full Review… | July 23, 2008

No one will be surprised by the plot machinations that ensue, but the film is saved from utter tedium thanks to a relatively intelligent screenplay and the amiability of the leads.

Full Review… | March 1, 2007
Film Journal International

Um bom conceito (e não estou dizendo que este é bom) só funciona quando amparado por um bom roteiro. E definitivamente não é isto que ocorre aqui.

June 9, 2006
Cinema em Cena

Every single person operates with the maturity and common sense of a dog chasing its tail. Into a tree.

Full Review… | May 4, 2006

Painfully light on laughs.

Full Review… | March 20, 2006
Lessons of Darkness

Bursting at the seams with lashings of heart, this is comedy at its broadest, with larger-than-life situations, a smartly sharp script and knock-out performances from an instantly likeable cast.

Full Review… | February 3, 2006
Urban Cinefile

Reynolds' brand of sarcastic humour suits his part well, whilst Smart is as adorable here as she was in The Butterfly Effect.

Full Review… | January 7, 2006

Reynolds and kooky sidekick Faris carry a weak script.

Full Review… | December 26, 2005
Tooele Transcript-Bulletin (Utah)

Just Friends is sweet and mostly pleasant to pass the time with...but there's little justification to enter into a serious engagement with it.

Full Review… | December 22, 2005
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

Just Friends suggests that Reynolds and Faris have potential greatness together

Full Review… | December 9, 2005
New Times

One day, Ryan Reynolds will land in a film that makes full use of his talent for conveying quiet, wide-eyed mischievousness.

Full Review… | December 6, 2005
Orlando Weekly

The film feels just a few degrees left of sanity.

Full Review… | December 6, 2005
Austin Chronicle

Reynolds and especially the charming Smart give the movie the kind of heart one would not expect...

Full Review… | December 2, 2005
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)

Although it's often hilarious, it's far too hyperactive to actually connect with us.

Full Review… | December 2, 2005
Shadows on the Wall

With Reynolds mugging and rolling his eyes from coast to coast, this friendly teen frolic doesn't need enemies.

Full Review… | December 1, 2005

Despite a few bone-tickling moments, the romantic comedy Just Friends is, well, just OK.

Full Review… | December 1, 2005

Just Friends is neither fish nor fowl, though foul it is.

Full Review… | December 1, 2005
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Maybe in this case, Chris and Jamie just being friends wasn't such a bad idea.

Full Review… | November 28, 2005

Audience Reviews for Just Friends


Funny rom com about a guy who is in love with his best friend. He leaves high school to become a successful music producer. Due to an incident with his plane he ends up in his hometown where he meets his first love again. Everything goes wrong and he nearly loses her to another guy. The Christmas garden scene is hilarious. Ryan's singing and dancing gestures are golden moments.

Candy Rose

Super Reviewer


The main problem with this as a romantic comedy is that Chris is such an ass you don't want to see him with Jamie.
I do like this - Amy Smart is a good actress and Anna Farris is funny here too. I also find Chris's mum quite funny and it is a good Xmas movie being set that time of year.
But as a romance it is a fail.

Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

Just Friends is a fairly comedy that exceeded my expectations a bit. If you're looking for a fun comedy, then this is your film. Just Friends is not a perfect comedy, but for what it is, it definitely brings on good laughs. Like I said, this one exceeded my expectations, and I didn't think it would be this funny, but it was. The jokes aren't excellent, but for the most part, there good enough to make you laugh a few times. This is a good film and it does some memorable moments. The cast do a fine job in their roles, and they're all amusing to watch on-screen. There are things that they could've improved upon here and there, but overall the filmmakers succeeded at delivering a funny film. The film has its low points, but the use of comedy keeps the film from faltering and in the end, this is an underrated comedy flick if you enjoy mindless comedy, Give Just Friends a view. I did, and was surprised. Not the best comedy, but not the worst either. Just Friends is really the type of comedy film that delivers a good time, decent laughs and is one of those films that shouldn't be easily dismissed. I enjoyed for what it is, despite not being a great film, I had fun watching this film.

Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

Super Reviewer

It was okay. Doesn't have anything new to talk about actually.

Dead Angel

Super Reviewer

Just Friends Quotes

Chris Brander:
The truth is, I'm scared to be your friend, because I'm always going to want more. But then I got to thinking that I would rather have you in my life as a friend than not at all.
– Submitted by Less d (22 months ago)

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