Friends with Benefits, directed by Will Gluck stars Justin Timberlake, Mila Kunis, Patricia Clark, Richard Jenkins, Jenna Elfman and Woody Harrelson. A cute and funny romcom with an all too familiar plot somehow finds its way with witty dialog and some heartfelt family dynamics. Pleasantly surprising but definitely for the adult audiences.
Dylan (Justin Timberlake) and Jamie (Mila Kunis) think it's going to be easy to add the simple act of sex to their friendship, despite what Hollywood romantic comedies would have them believe. They soon discover however that getting physical really does always lead to complications.
Friends with Benefits, is savvy with strong sexual content as I stated before, but really I can't stress this point enough for those parents thinking the under 18 crowd can handle this one. The younger group would do better off with director Gluck's Easy A if you ask me. But back to this film, the chemistry between Timberlake and Kunis was sizzling hott! Kunis looked beautiful and Justin...well he's a man fest any day of the week already! ;) The cheesy dialog at times adds to the overall charm of the film, while the movie does take jabs at other romcoms it somehow ends up finding its own way down that road as well. I don't want to give away any major details but I will say that while I'm not a fan of Nicholas *gag* Sparks books and films and I usually dislike movies of this nature, somehow this one dug its way to my sweet spot.
Aside from the sex and goofy nature of our main characters there is also an underlying realness that takes note of and addresses issues such as mental illness, divorce and emotionally unstable families. I found the emotional core only added to the overall likability of the movie. Throw in some classic New York "charm" and pop-culture finesse and you might just find yourself having a great deal of fun. A good date night movie or girls night out film this one is getting a strong; sure, why not? rating from me. :)
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