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Friends with Benefits

A 2011 movie directed by Will Gluck.

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‘Friends with Benefits' Has Some Benefits

  • Jul 22, 2011
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Ashton Kutcher and the girl on everyone’s minds, Natalie Por…Oh, oh wait. How could I get No Strings Attached from earlier this year confused with Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis’ Friends With Benefits? Yes, they’re the same plot; extremely attractive friends who decide sex is possible without emotional commitment and then are met with a whirlwind of romantic comedy clichés. But this one has a girl from That 70’s Show and the other had a boy from That 70’s Show. See completely different movies.

Jamie (Kunis) seeks out Dylan (Timberlake) to head the art department forGQ Magazine, which includes moving from the Golden Coast to the Big Apple. Of course he does and knowing only one person in his new hood, of course Dylan and Jamie become fast friends. Friends that look like those two can’t be friends for long and the bedroom good times begin. A Fourth of July trip that finds Dylan bringing Jamie back to LA to meet his family is where the movie takes some unexpected turns, one with his father which I can’t remember (see it and get the joke) and one expected with the pair. You can guess the ending but what you can’t guess is how it comes to be, so that’s why you have to go and see it, duh.

Nevertheless, Friends With Benefits was actually a lot better than I thought it would be. I sat at my desk all day thinking I’d have to sit down and slander a former boy bander and that broke my heart, but many thank their witty writers and casting directors for taking a  plot we’ve all seen a million times (and this year) and creating a movie that never felt dull.

The only set back that felt a little forced was the references to romantic comedies in general. From the Pretty Woman scene right at the start to the movie within the movie the duo watches throughout, it wasn’t needed. I remember being turned off because of the same thing in Easy A. If you aren’t doing a Not Another Teen Movie or Scary Movie, leave all the references out and focus on your own story.

Justin and Mila are a beautiful pair with an insane onscreen chemistry that will make every viewer want to be involved in a threesome with the two, which can be seen from the commercials that have been playing for the past month. But there’s no one talking about the other stars of the film, who to me, stood out above Justin and Mila when it came to the comedy.

Who knew Emma Stone was even in Friends With Benefits? But her addition was by far the best part of the film and John Mayer will forever be hilarious because of it. Another surprise, Woody Harrelson as the uber gay sports editor of GQ whose constant questioning of Dylan’s sexuality was never not funny, but you couldn’t help but wish Wesley Snipes would’ve popped up with Woody was shooting hoops at one point. Other highlights of the supporting cast were Modern Family’s magical Nolan Gould, Patricia Clarkson as Mila’s bottle tipping “MILF,” and Shaun White as a well, asshole.

So in the end Friends With Benefits may be the same movie as No Strings Attached if you only look at the posters and main idea of the plots, but they’re not and it’s actually a funny film if you don’t get hung up and annoyed with the romantic comedy references like I do. Justin and Mila are cute and handle the romantic, but it’s really the others who round out the comedy portion. And lastly, remember Friends With Benefits isn’t being marketed as the end of an era like Potter, or the next big superhero film…it’s a romantic comedy people. Those movies are meant to be cheesy, not change the movie world.

‘Friends with Benefits' Has Some Benefits

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July 27, 2011
I thought the exact same thing...I had already seen No Strings Attached and figured I'd just wait to see FWB when it came on Netflix. I love JT and Mila Kunis is quickly impressing me but, I had NO CLUE Emma Stone was in this and she is awesome, quite the intelligent actress. Great write up Kendra :)
 
July 27, 2011
Haha, yeah, I thought it was kinda weird that there were two big movies with all-star casts out within months of each other that were centered around the same plot, too. This movie sounds... okay. Maybe I'll catch it via Redbox or something. Great review, Kendra!
July 27, 2011
thanks! yeah...and i heard that ashtons was supposed to have this title...weird huh!
July 27, 2011
I haven't even seen the movies yet, but both titles sound interchangeable to me! :P
July 27, 2011
well i think justin being in "no strings attached" would've garnered too many n'sync jokes haha! but yeah, basically the same plot...but it's cute like most romantic comedies. definitely worth the wait to hit it up in the redbox!
 
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review by . July 22, 2011
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As engaging as a one-night stand, a decent one.
Dating is complicated. The scene today can be so cold and callous that most people in it are forced to disengage emotionally from it in order to survive. Enter Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis in Friends with Benefits, director Will Gluck’s follow-up to last fall’s breakout comedy, Easy A. They have a plan that will save everyone from the walls they’ve erected around their hearts by using those walls as the foundation for their mating practices. The logic is that if you’re …
review by . July 23, 2011
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Star Rating:         Although the January release of Ivan Reitman’s No Strings Attached was nothing special, it had just enough for me to give it a passing grade. We now have Will Gluck’s Friends with Benefits, and although it’s founded on the exact same premise – a man and a woman having a go at casual sex – there’s no question in my mind which of the two films is superior. Here is an intelligent, perfectly cast romantic comedy that …
review by . July 22, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
If you find yourself walking to the theater and not wanting to see a superhero movie, you may turn to the romantic comedy Friends With Benefits and think to yourself I've already seen this movie. While the premise is exactly the same as No Strings Attached, FWB seems to benefit from having taken the extra time to develop their writing and the chemistry between the two leads. It is still the same movie but this version of friends who just want the physical without all the …
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While trying to avoid the clichés of Hollywood romantic comedies, Dylan (Timberlake) and Jamie (Kunis) soon discover however that adding the act of sex to their friendship does lead to complications.
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Director: Will Gluck
Genre: Comedy
Release Date: 22 July 2011 (USA)
Studio: Castle Rock Entertainment, Olive Bridge Entertainment, Screen Gems
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