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Friends with Benefits

  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • 2011
  • Will Gluck
  • 104 mins
  • 15

Summary

Romantic comedy starring Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis. When executive recruiter Jamie convinces LA-based art director Dylan to relocate to the Big Apple, the pair become friends. But having both been through the relationship mill, they are determined not to follow the cosy ways of Hollywood rom-coms and embark on a sex-only relationship. Then Jamie decides she wants to return to dating.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

Let's not hold Justin Timberlake's appearance in Bad Teacher against him. Generally, the singer turned actor has picked his film roles well (The Social Network). So, too, has Mila Kunis, who made an impression as Natalie Portman's nemesis in Black Swan. Here, the young stars team up as work professionals who test out the hoary old conundrum of whether a friendship can survive the addition of sex, minus the emotional involvement. It's a well-worn furrow, ploughed in the very same year by Portman and Ashton Kutcher in No Strings Attached. But Timberlake and Kunis are likeable leads and they handle their banter with ease. Director Will Gluck (Easy A) tries a touch too hard to make it hip, and wanders off track a little towards the end, but this is still smarter, funnier and more rewarding than the average romantic comedy.

Credits

Cast

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DylanJustin Timberlake
JamieMila Kunis
TommyWoody Harrelson
Mr HarperRichard Jenkins
LornaPatricia Clarkson
AnnieJenna Elfman
ParkerBryan Greenberg
KaylaEmma Stone

Crew

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DirectorWill Gluck

Details

Theatrical distributor
Sony
Released on
2011-09-09
Languages
English
Guidance
Swearing, sex scenes.
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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