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May 5, 2017
I was expecting a very questionable, disposable movie. But Friends with Benefits is one of the better RomComs of the 21st century. Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis both add another good performance to their CV and Woody Harrelson is terrifically funny. This film combines intelligent characters suffering real life struggles and an interesting romance. It is a little bit sexist at times but only in a lighthearted way.
Super Reviewer
February 15, 2017
All of the clichés you'd expect in a romcom, but roughly covered over with a patina of snappy patter to make it seem as if the whole concoction is a fresh thing. The chemistry between the leads add mucho spice too.
½ February 8, 2017
Eh.... my wife likes it. Mila kunis makes it bearable to watch
December 31, 2016
It's good movie to watch
½ December 16, 2016
Fabulous mixed modern comedy at a casual romance
December 8, 2016
Fun relationship farce has more story than its rival film of that year, No Strings Attached (2011). Not that the aforementioned rival was bad. The cast has fun with this one. On Blu-ray.
November 17, 2016
Although the chemistry between Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis is evident, this film is just full of cliches of the genre and the plot is very similar too (The Proposal).
½ October 30, 2016
Pretty good, funny, good!
½ October 15, 2016
Love the witty banter. And Mila and Justin have great chemistry.
September 26, 2016
Super funny and surprisingly sweet. One of my new favorites!! Love Mila Kunis!!
½ August 16, 2016
Milk wins this round. This version of the 'friends with benefits' movies of the same year is a much more enjoyable and romantic watch. Sorry Ashton.
August 16, 2016
Apesar de uma ou duas cenas dispensáveis,' Amizade Colorida' tem bastante ritmo, à (C) exato nas dosagens de momentos cômicos e sentimentais e conta com o inquestionável carisma da dupla de protagonistas. Atà (C) agora, a melhor rom-com do ano.
½ August 12, 2016
This movie made me wish I had cancer
August 2, 2016
Best love movie ever
July 12, 2016
The chemistry between these two leads is dynamite. In fact, I think Justin and Mila working so well on screen together is why I was so surprisingly charmed by Friends With Benefits that I was able to forgive the cliché rom com elements that the movie eventually falls into at times.

Grade: B+
June 9, 2016
his movie is a long mix of awkward sex scenes and "comedy". It's long and boring and concludes with a moral that you can see coming for entire movie. This movie is a no on my list.
April 13, 2016
one of my favourite romcoms
½ March 1, 2016
As any rom-com connoisseur knows, there is a certain formula to the plot direction that must be obeyed. Attractive people fall in love (or in this case engage in sexual encounters without commitment - wait wasn't that done earlier this year in no strings attached), have a miscommunication but find blissful resolution that never happens in real life. This may sound cynical but so is director Will Gluck (Easy A) and his lead characters.

Standing out as marginally unique in its field, Friends with Benefits makes a point of satirizing and skewering the genre. With a plethora of pop-culture references, tech-savvy innuendoes (including a singing-bible ipad app) and playfully inappropriate one-liners, it is an engaging journey that pokes fun at the formula whilst managing to exactly exemplify the saccharine love story it claims to be better than.

Opening with a breakup, we meet Jamie (Mila Kunis) and Dylan (Justin Timberlake) individually being shafted by their respective others, declaring the only course is to shut themselves down and becoming emotionally unavailable.

Dylan, the art director of a popular website in LA, is lured to the big apple with an offer of his dream job at GQ magazine by the enticing and quirky NY head hunter Jamie. Not your average recruiter, Dylan's first impression of Jamie fumbling clumsy and barefoot on a baggage carousel chasing a makeshift lipstick welcome sign (you can see the cutesy-ness from a mile away).

After being offered the job on the spot, Dylan needs convincing to leave his life and family in LA for the big smoke, and Jamie is just the girl for the job. Sparking a genuine friendship, the duo head out on the town, drink a few beers and enjoy hang out.

However, after a night in picking on sappy romance movies the conversation turns to sex, which both (in their unavailable and damaged mental states) agree is necessary but preferable without strings, like tennis. Making an unconventional pact, they shun emotion and agree to service each other physically whilst checking romance at the door and always promising to remain friends no matter what.

Uninhibited by their status, the pair are honestly declare their frisky, raunchy and frank sexual desires leading to comically experimental sex scenes. Their lusty appetite and teasing banter turn the best buds into best bed-buds.

But beneath Jamie's feisty facade she's a wounded romantic and contradictory to Dylan's suave demeanour he is insecure; not a good mix for a platonic relationship focused on sexual gratification.

The lively script cleverly deconstructs and delves into every crevice of a relationship, but soon becomes slave to the stereotype it means to tweak. However, with a welcome degree of wit, charm and spirited flair we can overlook the infraction.

Timberlake and Kunis bring sexy back to a tired formula. Timberlake gets away with making wildly inappropriate puns whilst maintaining a steady stream of hilarious bursts of homage and apt parodies to forgotten 90s rap duo Kriss Kross. The lithe Kunis is far more interesting and delivers with a clout that her ditzy blonde genre sisters Heigl, Hudson, Wiig and ... the list go's on.

The standout supporting cast of Patricia Clarkson as Jamie's inappropriate hippy man-hungry mother, Richard Jenkins as Dylan's Alzheimer's stricken dad who no longer likes his pants, and Woody Harrelson is a hoot as GQ's blatantly horny gay sports editor who likes to get nasty (quote not quite appropriate).

The Verdict: A tale of sex-buddies who turn out to be soul mates is far from original but with ease this is probably one of the best portrayals of it. As one romantic flash mob scene follows another the only victim in this movie is New York through inept cinematography.

Published: The Queanbeyan Age
Date of Publication: 26/08/2011
½ February 29, 2016
Could watch this over and over again.
February 23, 2016
Very similar to No Strings Attached which came out in the same year. I enjoyed this one as much as the other. Mindless, cliched rom-com with nothing new, but well acted with beautiful people. Mila Kunis is definitely a seraph - heavenly being walking the earth. If rom-com is not your thing, this won't change your mind.
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