Dylan and Jamie are two busy, career minded singles who realize sex without the emotion and commitment may be the way to go. But before long the complications they had hoped to avoid creep into the relationship and things start to change.
Justin Timberlake (Dylan), Mila Kunis (Jamie), Patricia Clarkson (Lorna), Jenna Elfman (Annie), Bryan Greenberg (Parker), Richard Jenkins (Mr. Harper), Woody Harrelson (Tommy).
Friends with Benefits starts off well enough but unless you live under a rock you can probably figure out quite quickly how this one will end. Despite the well worn story, the film does a good job of presenting a funny, somewhat realistic chronicle of how a Friends with Benefits relationship often progresses to something more. With a good dose of humor the plot moves along nicely and generates good interest throughout.
Timberlake did a surprisingly good job here and seems to be maturing nicely as a lead. Kunis also did well, shifting nicely between emotional levels. Harrelson was a lot of fun playing against type and pulled it off much better than expected. Jenkins and the remainder of the supporting cast was solid throughout.
Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were all good and exhibited the quality you would expect from a well budgeted romantic comedy. Effects were minimal but good. Dialogue included a nice variety of adult humor, sarcasm, and veiled humor again holding interest well. Sound and soundtrack were both solid.
In the not-so-surprising end, Friends with Benefits is an enjoyable retelling of a well worn romantic concept with solid acting and technical quality. Those who like a good romantic comedy should enjoy this one.
With substantial sexual content and foul language this should be okay for older teens and above.
Friends with Benefits is no longer showing in any Littleton, Colorado movie theatres.
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Star rating: 4 out of 5
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