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A light-hearted, hilarious watch, this is a must-see for any rom com fans.
Starring the gorgeous Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake, the film pulls you in from the start with a strong storyline and comical characters struggling to identify emotionally with the opposite sex.
Both the title and the setting appealed to me, as New York is one of my dream travel destinations.
Jamie head hunts Dylan from LA for a role based in New York for GQ Magazine.
She shows him round the city, and eventually persuades him to move from his home in LA to take up the position.
They become friends from there on and having both recently had their hearts broken, they then try to start a relationship based on pure necessity rather than romance, with hilarious consequences.
I love the strong female character of Jamie as the New York head hunter combined with the career-driven Dylan.
I watched this film after having seen No Strings Attached (which I thought was awful!) and was pleasantly surprised by the fast-paced storyline and questions raised.
Is it possible to have sex without emotion?
Is it possible to have a casual arrangement with a close friend and not become attached?
I would recommend this film was an original option for a girly night in or a light weekend watch.
I thought the actors chosen were perfectly suited to the roles, Mila Kunis is full of attitude and incredibly sexy, yet plays a vulnerable part well.
Justin Timberlake is great as Dylan and fits well into the 'artist type' mould.
Well worth a watch.
The other night the man in my life and I decided to stay in, cuddle up and watch a film whilst munching through a pizza.
Now I had ordered this film from Amazon because I had wanted to see it for ages but in fact I made a slip up and ordered two so I gave him one, went to his and that is why we ended up watching it.
Me, I like a good horror or a really good thriller with twists and turns aplenty and I wouldn't say really I am a rom com sort of girl. I think I wanted to see this because it had a slightly suggestive title more than anything to be honest and of course Justin Timberlake in it who I do usually enjoy goggling at (I am a red blooded female after all!).
Film Only Review:
Jamie (Mila Kunis) is an executive recruiter based in New York out to head hunt Dylan (Justin Timberlake) who is an art director for an up and coming but small internet company in LA. He is wanted for GQ magazine and so he goes to see her to talk about the job. Quickly the two become friends with her convincing him to make the move to New York and to make better of himself.
After taking the job and liking it and becoming successful the two hang out a lot. Both have been hurt by the opposite sex in the past, she is needy, he is emotionally unavailable and after a night drinking they decide on a relationship of friends who have sex.......hence the title!
At first the situation seems to suit both of them. After the first time feeling complicated with rules and regulations and a bit of shyness the following day they simply fall into a routine. However Jamie decides one day to start dating and actually meets someone. To her Dylan seems fine with that however is he? She changed the rules and is it that hes bothered or has a dented ego?
After dating a guy for a while and that going belly up and Jamie feeling hurt and abused Dylan takes her with him to visit his family by the sea. Jamie fits in well, they like her and through it she gets insight into who he is and why he thinks the way he does and after hooking up again and it seeming to be very different from their previous encounters she gets upset when she overhears a conversation with Dylan and his sister and she takes off.
He then realises what he has lost....his friend and he tries to make amends but Jamie isn't about to make that an easy task for him so is to too late for this friendship to be repaired or could there be more for this couple in store?
Ok my fella had seen this before and I predicted almost everything that happened and this isn't cos I have a crystal ball or a sixth sense! Its just a very easy film to read so to speak but that's not a fault of this film its actually quite a reassuring watch!
The two characters are chalk and cheese. Shes a bit wild and out there and hes more reserved and the combination of the pairing is amusing and very funny. The sex in this film is not erotic and had us giggling like naughty school children!
The characters of the supporting cast in this were as good as the leads too. Woody Harrelson as Tommy is brilliantly cast as a sports guy who works with Dylan who is gay and for me had some real screen presence and killer lines that made me howl!
Along with the comedy that this provided in spades this also was heart warming in places. I felt for the pair at times and really wanted them to open up and work it out but also was touched by the relationship of Dylan and his father who is ill (Richard Jenkins).
For me this film was shot beautifully with some really fabulous scenery, the music was great too and all the acting was great along with a very amusing story that kept me hooked to the end!
I cant rate this less than the whole 5 stars and will definitely watch it time and time again in the future!
This film is rated 15 and has a runtime of 109 minutes and can be bought for about £3.00 new on Amazon.co.uk which includes postage and packaging.
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I surprised myself by watching, and strangely quite enjoying, this film as I'm not much of a rom-com type fan. Nor would I say I'm a fan of Justin Timberlake, but the title resonated with me I guess because of a similar relationship issue I was facing myself at the time. Not really believing it would be an eye-opener or solve my situation, I at least thought it could be amusing to see what the film had to offer and give me something to relate to. I ending up finding it was easy to watch and actually raised a few chuckles, so it was already far better than the run-of-the-mill trash I had anticipated it would be.
This was directed by Will Gluck who has worked on a few things in terms of writing, producing and directing, but Friends With Benefits and Easy A seem to be the most well-known. The film falls within the comedy genre, and I'd say it's along the lines of a rom-com but with added sarcasm. We're introduced to two 20 (I assume) somethings, just out of relationships and obviously a little emotionally damaged by the trauma. Jamie is a head-hunter in New York, and is looking to recruit Dylan from Los-Angeles. Her client would be very happy with Jamie as he's obviously full of energy, ideas and talent, she just needs to get him to agree to the 12 month contract. And he does, thanks to her powers of persuasion to take a gamble and walk on the wild side in to the big lights of the big city.
These two 'platonic' friends then decide to make a pact. Being done with relationships and the inevitable heartache, they agree to start a no-strings-attached physical relationship. This 'just sex' casual approach without the feelings seems simple, and we see them hanging out as if she's 'one of the guys', the two of them having fun rolling around and, well, embarking on their 'no strings' fling. They're such good friends that it becomes a friends with benefits set up, which, having unfortunately ended up in that situation myself, never seems to work. The rest of the film follows their individual paths in their careers, their personal lives, and the friends with benefits relationship they have.
Of course the premise here is nothing particularly original. There aren't any major shocks or twists and turns; from the outset, the questions seems to be if and when they'll fall for each other, and what the no-strings sex will do to their friendship. The film takes a lighter twist on the mushy Hollywood romance, poking fun at the way couples fall in love, stare longingly in to each other's eyes, make huge declarations of love etc. These two are against those notions and the soppy side of love and relationships. Of course, this could always change should they start to fall for each other, which is precisely what they never intend on doing.
The cast includes Justin Timberlake (Dylan) and Mila Kunis (Jamie) as the protagonists, and other characters include Patricia Clarkson (Lorna), Richard Jenkins (Dylan's dad) and Woody Harrelson (Tommy). Harrelson was a gem to watch/ Playing a worker at the firm Dylan's been employed at, Harrelson plays quite a stereotypical gay guy, injecting some humour and sarcasm whilst giving a slightly different take on relationships that parallels the developing friendship/relationship between Dylan and Jamie. As for the protagonists, they seemed well suited to their roles. I'm surprised to admit it, but Timberlake actually did a reasonably good job, even taking the mick out of his own singing and N-Sync days. Kunis was as expected and quite easy to watch, and together they seemed to make a fairly effortless team, with their fresh, youthful and energetic nature enabling them to bounce off each other.
This flick also received 4 award nominations, so it must have done something right. I'd say it was quite easy to watch and it did feel quite light; it entailed a mix of sarcasm, micky taking of the romcom genre, quick wit and more obvious humour, so it didn't feel like dumb, in-your-face trying too hard comedy. If that makes any sense! Having said that, I probably didn't laugh out loud, but some parts brought a smile to my face, which is more than can be said for a lot of these sorts of films lately!
The premise wasn't anything special and didn't add anything new to the genre, but it was solid enough. The casting and overall feel to the film made Friends With Benefits seem to be of quite good quality, where time and effort had gone in to its making. It was kept fresh and had a good pace, so I didn't find myself getting bored. There was an element of being able to empathise with the characters and situation too because of some similarities (ie. In age, things they said/did, my own experiences) so I could relate to some parts. Timberlake and Kunis actually made the flick reasonably down to earth, or as much so as you could expect for a comedy starring those two, so although it had some Hollywood sparkles, they weren't blinding or too distracting from the ability to believe and enjoy the film.
Despite attempting to poke fun at the romcom genres and mushy-ness of people falling in love in the movies, there were still elements of that here. For some, I would imagine this film could be quite sweet and uplifting, so it balanced out the sarcasm along the way. As I've said, I actually found this quite easy to watch because it was fairly light and didn't get bogged down in the issues and difficulties surrounding relationships etc, but it still managed to give us a taste of them so that we could better understand the characters and why they opted for the friends with benefits situation.
Overall, I was pleasantly surprised by this, both in terms of the humour being enjoyable and the casting being easy to watch and engage with. I'm not sure whether it made me feel happy or sad by the end of it, having reflected on my own recent 'FWB' experience, but it left some kind of impact on me and I was able to watch it without feeling too restless from start to finish.
DVD released 2012, running time 109 minutes, rated Certificate 15
Selling on Amazon for £3
Last night, my sister and I felt that a girly film night was needed. After collecting the takeaway, we settled down in front of the TV and selected Friends with Benefits from LoveFilm. We chose it as my sister said "ooh that looks funny!" whereas my opinion was "it's got Mila Kunis in it, how wrong could it go?". This film was released in 2011 and I had not actually heard of it!
I had a feeling of what we could expect, purely from the title alone. Friends with benefits referring to friends who share certain benefits of a relationship, in the absence of emotions and commitment. Also, with the genre of film, I expected the plot to be fairly predictable, as you would expect in these circumstances!
The plot revolves around Dylan (played by Justin Timberlake) and Jamie (played by Mila Kunis). Dylan currently lives in Los Angeles and is something of a hit on the internet in his field of work. Jamie is New York based head hunter, who sees the potential for Dylan's future and recruits him for a job at GQ magazine in New York. After hitting it off with Jamie, accepting the job and moving to New York, Dylan and Jamie soon realise that they could be 'friends with benefits' after establishing that they get on really well, but just 'don't like each other like that'. Apparently, the ideal situation in these circumstances is to be friends with benefits, as apparently, sex is like tennis. Dylan is supported by his sister, dad and nephew, to whom he is very close. He has some family difficulties, however, after being introduced to Jamie as a "friend", they seem keen on Jamie and want them to be together. Jamie was most definitely my favourite character throughout the film. She is friendly, hilarious and strong-willed. I think these traits are integral to the person she is, even whilst having deeper issues.
The secondary characters in the film help you to understand why both Dylan and Jamie have the issues they do. Jamie's mum, Lorna, played by Patricia Clarkson, is promiscuous and doesn't know who Jamie's father actually is. In these circumstances, you can imagine how much Jamie wants to find her Prince Charming. One of the characters I really liked in this film was Mr Harper (Dylan's dad), played by Richard Jenkins
The plot is pretty straightforward so I won't give away any more, as it will give you the ending. What I expected to happen, happened! The film is rated as a 15 for some general bedroom naughtiness, but I thought it had somewhat of a comedy aspect. I had my sister at my side shrieking "ohmigod!! He's singing to her! Eeew, who would do that, at that moment?? Grow a pair!" which as you can imagine, added to the comedy aspect somewhat.
I wasn't too sure about watching a film with Justin Timberlake in, as to be honest, I'm not the biggest fan of his. However, the other options were limited as I'd seen much of what was on LoveFilm. I am a fan of Mila Kunis though. I've seen her in a few interviews etc and she seems to be such a personable character and really one of those people who gets on with everybody! I think that trait helped her out somewhat in this film, as Dylan and Jamie have a fabulous chemistry going on together. You can really tell that they must get on well as they had a "best friend/relationship" going on throughout the entire of the film. Although the plot line was predictable, I still had a bit of an "awww *wipe eye*" moment at the end, as Justin and Mila played out the ending in such a sweet way.
One of my favourite scenes involved Dylan and his dad at the airport in New York as for the first time, it made me think that Dylan had managed to throw aside his cares about what people would think about his father. So many people worry about what strangers think that it can hold you back in your life. I thought it was really sweet as his love for his dad shone through so much in this scene. So much so that I was almost in tears!
When we first sat down to watch this film, I wasn't expecting it to be thought-provoking, but it really was! I was mulling over the idea of 'friends with benefits'. Personally, I don't think that the concept works, as invariably, someone is going to be adding emotion to the situation regardless of how 'sure' you may be with your lack of emotional connection! I think this film adds to that as both Dylan and Jamie appeared to be very sure of their standing before getting into this situation.
Overall, this film was great. Although it was predictable, Justin and Mila definitely had a great chemistry going on between them which made the film flow. I was transfixed throughout which definitely means you're onto a winner! Although we watched it on LoveFilm, the DVD is available on Amazon for £3, which is definitely worth it, in my humble opinion.
Recently I was browsing my recommendations on Amazon and I noticed that they were suggesting the DVD 'Friends With Benefits'. When I saw it had Justin Timberlake in, yum, I quickly parted with £5.00 to pick up a copy which arrived just one day later (thanks Amazon Prime!).
Friends with benefits is a film about just that, friends who share certain rather naughty benefits. In recent years this has been a topic of conversation I have heard friends speak about and it has become something of a buzz phrase that people feel they are cool using. I figured that I would give the film a go as I expected it to be a slightly cheeky movie about two friends 'hooking up'. I wasn't disappointed.
The film centres around Jamie (Mila Kunis) and Dylan (Justin Timberlake). Jamie is a head hunter who is given the task of recruiting Dylan on behalf of GQ magazine. Dylan lives in Los Angeles and Jamie in New York City, where the job happens to be, and so the story centres around Jamie trying to get Dylan to accept the job and their friendship that ensues. As time progresses Jamie and Dylan realise that they have the potential to be more than just friends but for various reasons they encounter resistance and the main part of the story centres around this.
In addition to Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake other possible faces you may know include Woody Harrelson, Jenna Elfman and Patricia Clarkson. These characters are a much smaller part of the story but they really do help to tie everything together.
The film is classified as a 15 because of nakedness, drug references and other general naughtiness that I felt made this film incredibly fun and enjoyable.
Now let me start by saying that I LOVE the main characters in this film. The storyline is funny and witty and I feel that both Mila and Justin do fantastically well in showing those characteristics. I felt that there was real chemistry between the two main characters and the relevant dramatic and emotional moments of the film felt heartfelt and realistic. I can tell that Justin is perfecting his acting skill now and while he may be a tiny bit wooden in places (not those kind of places!) this really doesn't matter much to me as the sexual chemistry between him and Mila is amazingly well acted.
The storyline is one that kept me captivated throughout and I like that there was enough 'fluff' in the background to keep the film flowing and there were several moments where I was either taken by surprise or had my hands covering my face. I loved the cheeky parts of the storyline where they are having sex and while there was a reasonable amount of nudity and lots of sexual references I felt that they were integral to the scenes they were shown in rather than just being thrown in for shock effect. I liked how we learned some of the back story to these two characters and I was pleased with the end result of the film, which I won't spoil of course.
I generally felt like the film flowed very well and that there was always enough to keep my occupied. I did not feel bored at all watching this film and the ending felt perfect and not rushed at all. Some scenes were predictable but such is the nature of this genre of film. I was pleased with the storyline throughout and while there were moments I wanted to look away I didn't as the film had me captivated.
This sort of genre might not be preferred by everyone but I love a romantic comedy film at least once a week! I felt that this film matched the genre perfectly and it is definitely a film that I will watch again. I was pleased to pick this up for only £5 especially as it is less than two years old but that is the beauty of Amazon I guess.
I really enjoyed this film, as you can possibly tell, and I would definitely recommend it to fans of the romantic comedy genre or fans of Mila or Justin.
The film follows two people who have had enough of relationships and have been hurt. They meet when the leading actress Mila Kunis (Jamie) headhunts Justin Timberlake (Dylan) to move new York and work for GQ magazine. She firat has to charm him and convince him that he wants to move to the big apple.
They become friends but are obviously attracted to each other but neither want a relationship so instead they decide to be 'friends with benefits' without the complications.
This was the first film I've seen with Justin Timberlake in and he's a surprisingly good actor - I always think of him as a not very good pop star.
Whilst the story tried to avoid the typical rom com stereotypes, it is definitely still a fairly typical rom com! It is, however, very watchable and amusing and there is good chemistry between Timberlake and the leading actress Mila Kunis.
If you accept it for what it is, that is a Rom Com, then it's makes a couple of hours decent viewing.
I saw this film twice when it first came out in the cinema. At the time I was working for a well known cinema chain and so had unlimited free tickets to all films. This was something I was keen to see anyway as I really like Mila Kunis and the premise for the film seemed good. I have since purchased it on DVD and watched it several more times, having enjoyed it so much the first time I watched it.
The film was released in 2011 and was pretty well received, it was successful in cinemas and has since sold well on DVD too. It has also been nominated for a couple of awards which is pretty impressive for what is essentially just a rom-com. It was pitched at being suitable for both men and women, setting it apart from other chick flicks. I would definitely say both men and women would enjoy this movie, and if your boyfriend/husband/friend refuses to see it tell him that Mila Kunis is partially clothed in much of it (I'm sure he'll change his mind).
The film follows Jamie (Mila Kunis), a recruiter for a job agency in New York, and Dylan (Justin Timberlake), an art director for a company is Los Angeles. After Jamie recruits Dylan to work for GQ they become firm friends as she shows him around his new stomping ground, New York. Though they deny a sexual attraction for each other the topic turns to sex one night as they hang out. Both of them are newly single and missing the adult company you get from a relationship, so they decide to embark on a 'no strings attached' mutually beneficial arrangement. In other words they decide to start having sex but agree to remain friends.
After quite a few raunchy get togethers, Jamie decides she wants to start dating again and asks out a handsome doctor. However, when this turns sour Dylan is there to lend a shoulder to cry on and they head off to his home town together for the Fourth of July Weekend. It is here that it becomes obvious that the two have stronger feelings than just a mutual attraction, though Jamie overhears Dylan playing down his feelings and decides to leave. I'm not going to spoil the ending for you but I'm sure you are smart enough to figure out where it inevitably heads.
I am totally in two minds about this film. On the one hand I love the idea of a rom-com that isn't a rom-com, one in which the couple actually embark on a no strings relationship together. In this way the ending feels completely anti-climactic and far too conventional. However, I definitely know that I, and probably most viewers, are willing the two to get together and if they didn't it would feel all wrong. So, you see my dilemma?
Ultimately though, I think the performances from Kunis and Timberlake are refreshingly modern. They approach it in a very humorous and entertaining way and though the audience knows they have strong feelings for each other it isn't exactly obvious to the two main characters until fairly late on in the film. Overall, I really enjoy watching this film and know that I will definitely watch it again and again now I own it on DVD. It is also something I would happily recommend to know people because I believe it has a wide target audience and is something most people would enjoy watching.
The DVD I bought cost me £8 which isn't bad for a relatively new release. You can probably find it cheaper online but I bought it as a bit of an impulse from HMV and haven't been disappointed. I would definitely recommend watching this if you enjoy a quirky rom-com or like the actors.
I've been wanting to see this movie from the very first time I watched the trailer. I've been keeping tabs on Mila Kunis since her performance in Black Swan and I was curious to see how she would fare in a rom-com. Justin Timberlake was still teetering on the border for me as to whether or not I thought he was actually a good actor so I was also hoping to see him in action. Friends With Benefits is very similar to the film 'No Strings Attached' starring Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher earlier in 2011, but much, much better.
As you can imagine, Friends With Benefits is about two friends who've just been dumped and miss sex to decide to spice up their relationship by having meaningless sex with strictly physical emotions. Obviously, things don't turn out as they planned as other factors begin to affect both their working and personal lives together. The question is ... what will their relationship be when all this is over?
The plot was brilliant and the balance between 'romance' and comedy was absolute perfection. Although it's pretty obvious how this movie ends, it wasn't one of those annoyingly predictable movies where you spend the entire film wondering when the predictable event would happen. I was perfectly content to wait and see exactly how this movie panned out. There are some down right hilarious moments in this film, but there are also points in which I wanted to cry. Romantic comedies usually come with a lot of stick and rarely are they movies that are actually of a very high standard but this one really was.
2011 seems to have been a good year for Justin Timberlake with the release of three very successful movies: Bad Teacher, Friends With Benefits and In Time. Bad Teacher was a bit of a let down but that was mainly due to a poor plot line so I was a little dubious about how he was going to perform in Friends With Benefits, but he excelled. He was able to display several different emotions and he made the audience laugh, feel sad and take him seriously when necessary - he even got to show off his musical talents with a bit of rapping! I definitely now consider him to be a serious actor and I look forward to all of his future works, be they comedies, romances or action films. Mila Kunis set the bar very high for herself after her role in Black Swan and she too proved that she is not a one trick pony and can also do comedies. She was the same as Justin Timberlake and was able to be sad, happy, funny, serious and sexy all in one movie. She is clearly a very talented actress who will go far, I'm sure. The chemistry between Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis is electric. They work really well together and it's the chemistry between the two that really carried this film forward and made it all the more believable.
This film explores relationship issues between men and women, be it friendship or something more which I feel is an issue that a lot of people confusing and so it is easy to relate to. I'd definitely recommend that you buy Friends With Benefits on DVD so that you can watch it again and again and again. It's an incredibly funny and yet moving film that you will never tire of - so really.. it's an investment!
I only watched Friends With Benefits as I was fairly bored the other evening and just wanted something that wouldn't tax my brain. Romantic comedies generally aren't my thing but I will happily watch one if I think it's going to be sweet and/or funny.
This is a 2011 romcom starring Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis. It's been compared to No Strings Attached, which has a similar theme, but I can't comment as I haven't seen the latter film.
The film begins with both Dylan (Timberlake) in New York and Jamie (Kunis) in Los Angeles being dumped by their respective partners. Jamie is a headhunter and has enticed Jamie to New York to interview for GQ magazine. She shows him the sights of the city, including a flash mob and great views of NYC, and entices him to accept the job offer. Not knowing anyone else in the city, Dylan spends more time with Jamie and they become good friends.
When watching a cheesy romcom one evening, Jamie and Dylan start talking about sex and relationships, and eventually decide that they can be 'friends with benefits'. They start sleeping together. This part of the film was, obviously, very sexual in nature with some graphic language. I was surprised how sexual it was - not something that bothers or offends me but I was slightly shocked at how long this section of the film went on for!
Naturally, emotions start to get in the way of the sex, especially when Jamie decides she wants to stop their agreement so she can start dating again, only to end up being treated badly again. This is where, for me, the film started to get far too predictable. The film's characters are shown mocking typical romantic comedies, yet somewhere after halfway through, this film itself begins to descend into typical romcom territory.
Having said that, the more emotional parts of the film are quite sweet, thanks to the portrayal of Dylan's father by Richard Jenkins (who has been excellent in the admittedly few things I have ever seen him in). I enjoyed the parts showing Dylan's family as it made me more sympathetic towards the characters, when previously they'd come across as somewhat shallow and cocky.
As I mentioned, the latter half of the film is your standard romcom so you don't need to use your imagination much to guess what happens.
I had only ever seen Mila Kunis in Black Swan before watching this film, and she's pretty and likeable. Justin Timberlake didn't annoy me half as much as I thought he would - he's not the world's best actor but he was good in this role... I actually laughed out loud at some of his lines. He actually came across as fairly geeky at times which endeared me to him. There was definitely chemistry between him and Mila Kunis, and I found that the dialogue was very quick, clever and snappy.
Woody Harrelson portrays a gay colleague of Dylan's in this, and he pretty much steals the show. He gets the best lines and is very funny.
As the 'action' changes between New York and LA (and there is a lot of chat about the characters being from those respective cities), this film will give you major lifestyle envy. In New York, we see stylish apartments, great views of the skyscrapers, and cute delis; whereas in LA we see the beautiful ocean, and big beach houses.
Overall I did enjoy this film and I wish you could award half-stars, because if so I would give this 3 and a half stars. I would have awarded it more, but as previously mentioned, the film turns to standard romcom formula towards the end, when I would have preferred perhaps more of a bittersweet ending.
This movie is a straight up romance comedy chickflick but it has certain qualities that make it different from the rest. The acting is brilliant, the dialogue is fast and witty and the relationship between the two main character was great and kept me watching.
**THIS IS A FILM ONLY REVIEW**
This is a film I'd definitely put in the rom-com category, although I will state at the start of this review that it's not one to watch with your parents as there are a lot of explicit scenes in this film which could cause potential embarrassment!
The two main characters are Dylan (Justin Timberlake) and Jamie (Mila Kunis). Jamie is a high-flying headhunter whose latest mission is to bring Dylan from LA to New York to work for GQ magazine. She is successful in this mission, and Dylan gives up his life to move to New York. As he is new to the city, Jamie invites him to social events to help him meet people, but in reality they end up spending a lot of time on their own together and become good friends.
You can see from the beginning where this story is heading. Dylan and Jamie become friends, and although it's obvious that there is chemistry between them and they clearly like each other, they claim they don't like each other 'in this way'. They have a conversation one night about the complications that come with sex, and decide to try having a platonic relationship with the benefit of uncomplicated, no-strings sex.
As the story unfolds, it becomes obvious that emotions are getting involved and things aren't as simple as they thought. Without spoiling the ending, it's fairly obvious where this plot is heading, but the interesting bit is watching the story unfold.......
I thought the main characters had a lot of chemistry which was nice to see developing throughout the film. As they get more 'into' one another emotionally, you can really tell the difference in the sex scenes as everything becomes more tender and meaningful.
I did like the main characters, although it took me a while to warm to Justin Timberlake's character, purely because I find him a little boring as an actor and find it difficult to relate to him. This is the best I've seen him act though, and by the end I was really hoping things would work out.
The characters are both likeable and there's no 'bad guy' here. As the film progresses you start to understand a bit more about why the characters are trying to be emotionally detached, with the appearance of Jamie's promiscuous mum, and Dylan has a family situation which is very touching and makes you warm to him even more.
There are a few extra characters who bring something to this film - one is Dylan's gay colleague who pops up now and then and at the end plays an important part to the outcome of the film. And the other is Jamie's mum who is slightly extravagant but turns out to be big hearted.
Although this film was highly predictable, I did enjoy the journey and it was a heartwarming film. At first I thought the number of sex scenes was a little over the top, but as the film went on and the pair start developing feelings for one another, I realised that this was an important aspect of their relationship as it helped to show the difference in their feelings depending on how affectionate and clinical they were in the bedroom.
I found the basis of the film was one I couldn't really relate to in all honesty, as for me sex is something which comes with emotional attachment, and I really couldn't imagine being 'just good friends' with someone you've been that intimate with. But luckily the way the film progresses shows us that for most people this is also the case, and I was relieved that I don't live in a soulless empty pleasure-seeking world!
There are some slightly tear-jerking scenes in this film, and the ending is really enjoyable without being too unbelievable. It's almost like a bit of a mickey-take on Hollywood endings. There's also a lovely scene involving Dylan's dad which nearly had me in tears - I won't give too much away but there's other storylines running alongside the main storyline which make this film very enjoyable.
--Would I recommend?--
Absolutely, if you're looking for something easy to watch that doesn't require too much attention, this is one to add to your watchlist. As stated earlier though, be careful who you choose to watch this with as there are some potentially embarrassing scenes.
This film is based on two characters, played by Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis, who become as the title suggests, friends with benefits. Justin's character plays a managerial role in a small company while Mila is a job recruiter for a larger company and is sent to get him for a role at the company she works for. In the time she spends trying to get him to join the company the two start to become good friends and from here it happens. They joke about how sex always comes with repercussions and how they wished it was something that could happen then Justin's character Dylan propositions his friend and after a few minutes of joking around they decide to attempt it.
After a while of the continuous sexual friendship the inevitable starts to happen and the pair form a bond together and slowly fall in love without it being to their own knowledge. As they realise what has happened they start to distance themselves and stop their sexual favors to try and kill the feeling for each other. From here it is obvious that both want each other but neither will make a move and Dylan upsets Mila's character Jamie and they start to become not friends but in the end the obvious happens and they fall in love and get together.
The film is quite an entertaining Rom Com and as a male these aren't usually my type of film however i will admit that i did enjoy this film and it was quite funny, lots of little snide comments and remarks to each other from members of the cast and a few other funny actors feature in it such as Woody Harrelson and the guy from the lonely island although i cannot recall his name. If you like light hearted romances then this is definitely one to watch and i think it is enjoyable for most.
About the film
Friends with Benefits is a 2011 romantic comedy film. Although it was released at the cinema in September, the DVD isn't being released until February 2012. Friends with Benefits has a classification of 15 due to scenes with a nude/ sexual nature, uses of bad language and references to drug use. The film has a run time of 109 minutes.
Jamie is a leading Executive Recruiter in New York and her current job is to hire Dylan for GQ magazine. The problem is, Dylan lives in L.A and the job is in New York City so it is Jamie's job to somehow convince him to pack up his life and move. As soon as Dylan lands in New York, he and Jamie instantly hit it off and the two become friends. Dylan has just broken up with girlfriend Kayla and with the help of Jamie, he decides that he is ready for a fresh start in a new city and this is the perfect opportunity.
Not knowing anyone else in the city means that Dylan and Jamie quickly become really good friends, always hanging out and going to parties together. One night though, the two are chilling out, watching a romantic film and talking about the aspects of sex in a relationship. Both Jamie and Dylan agree that sex should not come with all of the complications that it normally brings and agree on a relationship only based around sex. They become Friends with Benefits.
As the weeks go on and they get to know each other better and become closer, both begin to realise that this situation might not be best any more. Can two people really just have sex and stay friends without complicating things?
Mila Kunis as Jamie
Justin Timberlake as Dylan
Nolan Gould as Sammy
Woody Harrelson as Tommy
Patricia Clarkson as Lorna
Richard Jenkins as Mr. Harper
Emma Stone as Kayla
Jenna Elfman as Annie
Andy Samberg as Quincy
Bryan Greenberg as Parker
Masi Oka as Darin Arturo Morena
What I thought
I'm currently in a bit of a Justin Timberlake phase when it comes to picking what to see at the cinema. First it started with Bad Teacher then this film and I already know I want to see Life when that comes out next month. Even though I mainly went to see this film for JT, I already knew Mila Kunis from That 70s Show and liked her in that so she was a bit of a bonus.
When JT took a back seat in the recording studio and decided he wanted to act, I wasn't so sure about this decision. I had seen a few of his earlier films and wasn't completely impressed but I am so happy to say that he has gotten a million times better. In a complete contrast to his character in Bad Teacher, JT plays a likeable and cool leading man. As the beginning of the film starts with Dylan getting dumped, I felt quite sorry for him and wanted him to be happy... and quickly. He seemed to be sweet and caring (and he's hot) so I didn't understand why anyone would want to dump him in the first place. Throughout the film, I got to like Dylan more and more and not just because of who was playing the character. Sometimes in these kinds of films, characters can be portrayed as not having much intelligence e.g. The Break Up but this definitely wasn't the case here. I liked the fact that Dylan had a really good job and had worked hard to do something he obviously loved doing.
Mila Kunis was equally as good as JT, if not a bit better. She hasn't had many big roles in films since That 70s Show and is probably best known for being the voice of Meg in Family Guy. Again, Kunis plays a character who is extremely clever and does well in life being on her own. She knows she has problems in the relationship department, especially after the last break up she went through. As a character, Jamie is sassy, witty and isn't afraid to try new things and I loved the braveness she showed at particular times. I normally don't like female characters in some films because honestly, they annoy the hell out of me but I didn't feel that way at all during this film.
Putting the two together, JT and Kunis are fantastic. The energy between them bounces well off of each other and they have a lot of on screen (and off if you have seen them in interviews) chemistry. Again, going back to other rom-coms, the leads can sometimes not have much chemistry at all but this pair had so much off it. You can feel the tension between them are certain points in the film and I loved this. Also, the comedic timing with them both was spot on. The funny lines flowed freely and often and I wasn't expecting this film to be half as funny as it actually was. JT was not even close to funny in Bad Teacher so I was surprised with his ability to pull off these lines in the way that he did.
In regards to pacing, the film is pretty predictable but you can't get everything you want in one film. That being said, there were a number of parts of the plot that I wasn't expecting at all so this was a very welcome change. Also, the secondary characters like one of Dylan's work colleagues and Jamie's mum are great additions to the cast as well as some minor cameos from others. As well as being a romantic comedy, Friends with Benefits is a feel good film that you can't help but smile at pretty much the whole way through.
Something that I don't normally care about in films is the soundtrack but this one has a fantastic set of songs. Music actually plays quite an important role in the film as a whole as Dylan and Jamie talk about its use in romantic films. From this, we get some classier songs that you would probably expect to be in a film of this nature like Hey, Soul Sister and New York, New York. On top of these great songs though are some more urban sounds like Jump by Kris Kross which used to be a massive favourite of mine. I don't want to give away where this song is used but it does provide one of my favourite parts of the whole film.
As you can probably tell, I loved this film so much. I haven't laughed so much during a film at the cinema in such a long time and I wasn't expecting to at all. Highly recommended from me!
The other night I went to my local Cineworld to see a movie I had been wanting to see as soon as I heard about it.
The movie in question was 'Friends With Benefits', an American Romantic Comedy movie starring Justin Timerlake and Mila Kunis. The movie was released in the United Kingdom in 2011 and so is very recent. The movie is currently showing in cinemas now.
~ * Plot * ~
Meet Jamie and Dylan, two colleauges who end up being friends. When both are dumped they form an agreement - they will become friends with benefits - but no strings attached. However, as time goes on, will they be able to keep it 'no strings?' Watch Friends with Benefits to find out.
Aww! I loved this movie! It's such a cute movie. I loved everything about it; the plot, the script, the acting and the jokes.
I really liked the characters - I liked how clever and sassy they were, but they were also really fun characters with great sense of humours. I couldn't pick a favourite as just when one would make me laugh the other would make me laugh. They really complimented eachother as characters.
I thought that the acting in this movie was exceptional especially from the two main actors. I was really impressed with Justin Timberlake in this movie. It's funny, because whilst I have always liked his music, I have never liked him, although after seeing him in the film Bad Teacher and now this, he has really proven himself and I think that he is a fantastic actor. I actually prefer him as an actor to a singer.
The movie is quite rude and does have quite a bit of bad language and so I was suprised that the movie was rated as a 12 - I would have put it as a 15 myself. It is very rude with lots of you-know-what, so if it's not your thing then this movie isn't for you.
The movie is very funny, whether it is a funny scene, a funny line or a funny conversation. There was lots in this movie which made me laugh. I was actually suprised at how great of a comedy actor Justin Timberlake is.
The movie is a bit predictable at times - yet strangely it was unpredictable at times too. I knew straight away what the ending would be, but it was the little bits in between that I didn't predict and that is what made the movie so interesting.
The movie runs for 109 minutes (just under 2 hours). Usually I get quite restless watching a movie this long, although I didn't want this movie to end - I loved it!
I would definetely recommend this movie.
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I'm not a fan of chick flicks but I decided to give this movie a chance because I needed a breezy cliché-ridden movie. And that's exactly what I got - a typicall love story with a few pretty funny one-liners.
"Friends with benefits" (2011.)
director: Will Gluck
duration: 109 min
Mila Kunis................ Jamie
Patricia Clarkson..... Lorna
Richard Jenkins.......Dylan's father
Meet Jamie (Mila Kunis), an emotionally damaged New York headhunter. Even though she seems to be enjoying life she has rejection issues and her bubbly no-strings-attached personality is just a mask. Her mother Lorna (Patricia Clarkson) is still lost in the flower power era and shows up only occasionally in her life, usually in the most unconvenient time. Not having a father is another hole in Jamie's love craving heart.
Meet Dylan (Justin Timberlake), an emotionally unavailable blogger/art director. Dylan's way of dealing with family issues, father (Richard Jenkins) suffering Alzeheimer's and mother leaving the family, is avoiding them. That's why he lets his sister Annie (Jenna Elfman) take care of their Dad and doesn't visit them much.
After signing Dylan for at job at GQ Jamie and he become good friends, sharing a beer over a football match, breakfasts and stories about their miserable love lives. But what else could two friends such good friends do? Have no emotions allowed friendly sex. And it works, until they both realize that it doesn't. And that no matter how much you try not having them, or at least not showing them, you need those things called emotions.
The first half of the movie, where everything between Jamie and Dylan is still physical and mainly friendly is surprisingly good and Kunis and Timberlake did a good job portraying two wacky friends having a good time. Patricia Clarkson is also good as a cool hippie Mom. The most pleasant surprise is Woody Harrelson as Tommy, Dylan's sports writer gay friend. He pretty much stole the show with his one-liners.
The movie suddenly slips into an almost drama when, during a visit to his family, Dylan and Jamie realize they want more then body contact. As his sister Annie, Jenna Elfman plays a matchmaker and Richard Jenkins as a sick father plays the role of the obvious evidence why Dylan is so emotionally elusive. The almost drama part of the movie is a dissapointing because it challenges the attempt of the movie trying not to be "just another romantic comedy".
Seems like having a romantic comedy without a bit of overacted drama is almost impossible, like having friendly emotions free sex.
If you're into chick flick or just want a light movie, "Friends with benefits" will do. If you expect a full blooded comedy, skip this one.