Friends with Benefits: Film Review

Thursday, August 11, 2011

I've been waiting for this movie for as long as I can remember ever since I googled Justin Timberlake's upcoming movies. Plus Mila Kunis, I so love her at Black Swan :) she is really hot and pretty as well. Especially in this movie, can't imagine any other actress in Hollywood who could portray the role perfectly although Jessica Biel auditioned for this role, she unsuccessfully didn't got it. You will also get the chance to see Emma Stone on a cameo role as Justin's ex-girlfriend. Also Woody Harrelson is Dylan’s gay-coworker at GQ.

At the start of Friends With Benefits, Mila Kunis’s character unleashes a tirade while walking through New York: “We’ve got to stop buying into the Hollywood cliché of true love!”
What about the Hollywood cliché of friends who have casual sex?
After Jamie (Kunis) and Dylan (Justin Timberlake) are dumped by their respective partners, they launch into a commitment-free affair, promising each other: “No emotion. Just sex.”
If this sounds like familiar film territory, it’s because Kunis’s Black Swan co-star, Natalie Portman, faced a similar situation earlier this year with No Strings Attached

Dylan, like his hometown of Los Angeles, is the typical guy-next-door which is totally laid back. Meanwhile, Jamie is like New York, modern yet naive. They’re both cool and charming — the kind of people you want to be friends with, date, or imagine yourself to be, if you had an eight pack or cellulite-proof thighs. 

They meet when Jamie, who is a headhunter, recruits Dylan to work as the artistic director of GQ Mmgazine in New York. They soon become" you know what",  in one of the most fun, awkward sex scenes in recent cinema history. 

It helps that Kunis and Timberlake have a kind of natural onscreen chemistry that is truly rare and really fun to watch: both are very good in their roles.  Kunis is in fact exceptional as Jamie, elevating her character from the stock females that plague romantic comedies, giving her depth and allowing her to be funny, warm, and able to go head to head with the men in her world.

It’s not a perfect movie: at the end of the day, it’s still unequivocally conventional, sending the same message as the romantic comedies it pokes fun at.  But it’s an entertaining, engaging movie, and there are certainly worse ways to spend an afternoon.

watch the trailer here:

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