Friends with Benefits

2011-09-14 17:38
 
Friends with Benefits
What it's about:

Dylan (Justin Timberlake) takes a job in New York after being headhunted by recruitment specialist Jamie (Mila Kunis). As he’s new to the city, she takes him under her wing. After a few beers the pair decides to provide each other with sexual pleasure while staying friends. Everything works out fine until Dylan takes Jamie home to his family. Their easy-going friendship makes Jamie think there could be something more between them – but how does Dylan feel?

What we thought:

Just like the sex-only arrangement referred to in the title, this movie doesn’t work.

It’s quite sad actually because Mila Kunis is adorable, Woody Harrelson is excellent as always and the visuals are great, but there’s no chemistry.

In an effort to be fair and thorough, I watched the movie twice. Second time around it felt five hours longer. The pauses between punch lines felt like a courtesy to the slower members of the audience, Justin Timberlake’s hair started to bother me and I was even more disappointed that once again a rom-com couldn’t deliver on its title. The movies aren’t supposed to be like real-life, so why can’t they just have sex without ramming their feelings down each other’s pants, huh?

Once again, Justin is carried through his movie by the female lead. There’s nothing wrong with his acting, but there’s not much right with it either. He’s just a very good mimic with a nice ass.

Mila is lovely, sweet, cute and a little too good for this movie. Her natural charm puts the audience at ease and it’s not hard to see why Dylan takes to Jamie so easily. Our lead characters are great as friends - but sucky as lovers.

The supporting cast, as in most of these types of films, put in better performances than the leads. Woody Harrelson is priceless as the gay sports editor at GQ while Patricia Clarkson is making quite a name for herself as the reckless, free-spirited mom. She played a toned-down version of Jamie’s mother in Easy A with Emma Stone, who also makes a cameo in this flick. It’s clearly a small pool – perhaps that’s the problem?

The trailer and the premise are packed with the promise of originality, yet when it comes down to the wire, the film follows the path of least resistance. The lame clichés, the product placement and the same emoticon-like devices Dylan claims to hate are used to tug at our heart strings.

While I feel disappointed and unsatisfied, I have to admit there were a few charming moments during our encounter. Who’s going say no to a few good lines, hot young bodies and the breathtaking New York skyline?


Mila and Justin put us through endless clichés and lame punch lines just to find out they want more than sex.

Someone 2011/09/15 8:03 AM
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Everyone knows that the "se x" only relationship does not work... does not make it a bad moevie though. The beginning part of the movie was not that great where they focus on the "se x" part of their relationship, but the rest of the movie was n typical chich flick romantic comedy, which let's face it, gets to almost any girly girl!
thenba 2011/09/15 9:40 AM
nnnmmmmmm
Lesego 2011/09/15 10:41 AM
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Seems like an enteresting movie, can't wait to see it
Chikon 2011/09/15 2:52 PM
Spell check on sale for only R9.99. Get it now.
preshen govender 2011/09/15 3:40 PM
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This movie send a wrong message about fun buddies ,it can lead to dangerous things like STD,HIV and even relationships
preshen govender 2011/09/15 3:40 PM
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This movie send a wrong message about fun buddies ,it can lead to dangerous things like STD,HIV and even relationships
Frikkie 2011/09/15 4:19 PM
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@Chikon: Spell check for free with a decent browser ;-). This movie is utter crap.
Sibongile Masanabo 2011/09/16 5:56 AM
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its good bt predictable.....
Sibongile Masanabo 2011/09/16 5:56 AM
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its good bt predictable.....
jim 2011/09/19 2:23 PM
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cool movie
mareck 2011/09/19 3:46 PM
Sam Brighton need to get a new job. His review scores are not accurate at all.
KAMARION 2011/09/20 3:04 PM
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cant wait to c the movie, most movies are predictable but nice .
Jakkie 2011/09/21 5:34 PM
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Overrated junk..rather watch "Ice loves Coco" of "tha Kardashians" that's real class..lol
Jakkie 2011/09/21 5:34 PM
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Overrated junk..rather watch "Ice loves Coco" of "tha Kardashians" that's real class..lol
Me 2011/09/26 8:37 AM
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Errrrrm, no. Mila is a great actress but Justin... Why? He has his moments but for the most part, watching him just felt awkward. The Friends With Benefits thing has been played out so many times, it would have been nice if they brought something new to the table... Needless to say, they didn't. Don't expect anything great, watch it if you are bored.
Byron Verreyne 2011/09/28 1:12 PM
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The best parts of this movie are in the trailer. You would be better off only watching the trailer in my opinion. I am not one to complain when Mila Kunis is involved but this was not put together very well and all round disappointing.
willa 2011/10/10 11:05 AM
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I loved it, very entertaining!!
Cecil Clarke 2011/10/22 7:48 PM
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Great stuff, very entertaining
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