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Friends With Benefits Reviews

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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.
January 27, 2016
So refreshing to see a good romantic comedy for a change! I can't even remember any romcoms that would be nearly as entertaining as this one. Though it must be partly because of the lovely Mila Kunis (who was just perfect)...
January 24, 2016
An interesting concept. Failed in the end.
January 12, 2016
Better than what I expected
December 14, 2015
This was OK. Typical rom-com that is saved from complete mediocrity by the chemistry between Timberlake and Kunis.
December 12, 2015
A very simple, predictable romantic comedy that succeeds because of its likable, well matched leads.
½ December 3, 2015
Romantic comedy template with a little twist.
November 26, 2015
Nice romantic comedy, the story is a bit simple and gets boring by moments, but the chemistry between the two leading roles (Kunis-Timberlake) can save those moments.

There are better choice, but this is an ok comedy and anybody would like to imagine himself in a relation with the beautiful Mila Kunis
November 16, 2015
Best friends with benefits forever
½ November 8, 2015
Not bad ... Surprisingly ok ... Kunis and timberlake make a pretty good pair on screen and carry this movie ...
October 20, 2015
a lovely movie featuring comedy and a beautiful touch of romance.
October 11, 2015
Go see this movie, its HILARIOUS
October 1, 2015
The better of the two films about banging your friend that came out that year.
September 14, 2015
Excellent movie, excellent story and direction, superb work by stars.
½ September 10, 2015
I liked this more than I should have
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