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With Hollywood churning out romantic comedies as fast as it can thanks to their extreme popularity it can sometimes feel like all of the films follow a checklist of rules to give them the correct balance so when someone comes along to make a film that actually makes mention of those romantic comedies and how they want something simple and physical without all the other stuff this straight away feels like something different.
This idea is that Dylan (Justin Timberlake) and Jamie (Mila Kunis) are platonic friends who are both attractive and need that physical release so decide to form a relationship which is purely on the basis they are friends with the benefits of them also being sex buddies. The chemistry between Timberlake and Kunis is great and for me they are both excellent throughout which is one of the things that sets this film apart from many romantic comedies where one of the main characters overshadows the other as that simply doesn''t happen here.
Obviously this style of relationship is going to open up a whole load of feelings you never realised you had as you begin to notice how much you have in common, how much you enjoy each others company, how jealous and protective you actually are of you buddy and so although the plot progression is obvious this is really going to be something which is actually true to life as many people who have tried this style of relationship find it is a lot tougher to remain as just friends with benefits than they originally thought it would be.
Overall for me this is a well scripted and put together film that works so well thanks to the performances and chemistry of Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis who really pull this film above what it would have been without their qualities. The obvious plot progression will mean that you will have some who sit and criticize this for being too obvious but for me it is an enjoyable and different take on an already over saturated genre and thanks to this doesn''t feel like it is clogging up a road being taken by far too many of late.
Mila Kunis is every mans dream, beautiful, funny, charming, intelligent...
Justin Timberlake is every womans dream....the Trousersnake needs no explanation.
But together they ruin what could have been a really good, funny, well written movie.
The emotionally unavailable Dylan (Timberlake) moves to Manhatten to work for GQ magazine after being headhunted by the emotionally damaged Jamie (Kunis). His only contact in the city, they quickly become friends and even quicker becomes friends with benefits. This works well for them both until unsuprisingly they realise they both want more. Well we all know how this one ends. But unlike other movies, the ending isn't even remotely satisfying. Who cares what happens to the lifeless, dull and insincere characters, as long as they don't ruin another pairing.
The worst part of the movie is the unsubtle digs they take at other romantic comedys, such as Sleepless in Seattle. This is all well and good when your own movie doesn't suck, otherwise it just doesn't work. Apparently making a romantic comedy using the tried ad tested formula isn't as easy as it looks.
The only funny part of the movie is the presence of Woody Harrelson as the camper than christmas sports editor an even he cannot save it from being a complete write off.
I bought this for £5 from Asda, but there are plenty more offers out there on amazon if my review hasn't put you off.
I am a big fan of Mila Kunis, having seen her in Black Swan and loved her I wanted to see other films shed been in. As for Justin Timberlake, I like his music and he was good in The Social Network. Upon searching Amazon I come across this DVD, Id seen it advertised and planned to get round to buying and watching on DVD. I finally got it just after Xmas and was overall pleased with the film.
I got the standard DVD of this for £3 on Amazon, the Blu-ray version is also available for £7. It should be available at other DVD retailers for around the same price. It is classified as 15 film and does contain sexual references and sexual scenes so its not viewing for all!
Plot (Including some plot spoilers)
Jamie (Kunis) is an executive recruiter working for a top firm in New York, she head hunts Dylan (Timberlake) from a small art site in Los Angeles for GQ magazine. Dylan is given an interview and promptly receives the job, of which Jamie will get her commission one year after service with GQ. Jamie tasks herself with selling not only the job but also New York to Dylan in order for him to accept, of which he does and he soon moves from LA to NYC. Once in NYC he begins his job and with Jamie being the only person he knows the soon form a good friendship, socialising often together having both recently split up from partners they both discuss how much they miss sex and dislike the complications of relationships. They then decide to have a "Friends with benefits" relationship in that they have sex but not be a couple only friends to remove the complications. After several sexual encounters together Jamie tells Dylan she wants to stop the benefits side and go back to dating other people, of which she does and meets a doctor who she has several dates with and eventually has sex with, he soon leaves after sex and ends their relationship. Jamie feeling low getting invited back to LA by Dylan for the 4th July celebrations, he introduces her to his family as a friend only. Dylan's family take well to Jamie and the pair grow closer again however when Jamie overhears a conversation with Dylan and his sister explaining he only sees her as a friend she promptly leaves LA for NYC and ignores Dylan. After a short time Jamie finds out from colleagues that Dylan is looking at leaving his GQ position, within one year thus making her bonus non payable, she confront him and they have an argument. After speaking with his family he decides not to let Jamie go and tells her how he feels, it leaves ends with them going out on a date.
Justin Timberlake as Dylan Harper
Mila Kunis as Jamie Rellis
Woody Harrelson as Tommy Bollinger
Jenna Elfman as Annie Harper
Patricia Clarkson as Lorna
Richard Jenkins Mr. Harper
Nolan Gould as Sammy
Bryan Greenberg as Parker
Emma Stone as Kayla
Andy Samberg as Quincy
Masi Oka as Darin Arturo Morena
Shaun White as Himself
Lili Mirojnick as Laura
The film is very much a romantic comedy, it likes to poke fun at the cliché romantic films around and offers viewers a modern day story on dating and sexual relations. Kunis and Timberlake do have good chemistry together, they is a certain warmth there between them and it comes across well onscreen. The story itself is average, I do feel like the process of them being friends to being friends with benefits was very quick however the rest of the film flows well. As a lazy Saturday night film it is worth a watch, its nothing ground breaking however the story is easy to follow and did make me laugh at certain areas. For £3 its worth a watch.
I give the film 4/5 it loses a mark simply for the fact that the go from being friends to friends with benefits very quickly.
''Friends with benefits" (starring: Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake) is another American romantic comedy with a predictable ending. But what makes the movie enjoyable is the sharp comments and the jokes. I really liked how the characters didn't believe in love at all, but end up falling in love anyway(as you can imagine).Also the chemistry between Timberlake and Kunis was undinable. What i didn't like was how the characters gave each other instructions all the time during sex(I thought it was kind of stupid, but hey that's just me). Although the plot is kind of a cliché, there is something about it that will make you watch till the very end. It's not anything new. There is a similar movie called "No strings attached'' (starring: Ashton Kutcher and Natalie Portman).Despite all "Friends with benefits'' is witty, sexy and even has the popular flash mobs in it. Also i loved the soundtrack .Go check this movie out. You will love the music, you will love the dialogue, you will love all the sex and you will definitely love Kunis and Timberlake.