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Friends with Benefits

Friends with Benefits (2011)

Directed by Will Gluck

Starring Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis

Two people who have just come out of relationships meet and immediately strike up a great friendship. The friendship becomes a friend with benefits relationship but are there feelings bubbling underneath.

I have seen Timberlake in a few other films and never really believed him as an actor. However in this he actually came across as a decent actor,
perhaps the rom-com is the way forward for him instead of the action star – see In Time. The film features a lot of sex scenes between Timberlake and Kunis but you never see any nudity, apart from the odd bum. The film did have some funny moments although the main comedy aspect in Woody Harrelson was barely seen. There was a slight lull in the film where it became a bit boring and the tone of the film slightly changed however this picked up again towards the end. After watching this film Mila Kunis has gone straight to the top of my favourite ladies at the moment. She was incredible hot in this film, probably to do with the always being in her underwear, and has overtaken Emma Stone as hottie of the year who also makes a cameo in this film.

Recommend

I preferred this to the film out at the same time by the name of No Strings Attached. This is a rom-com with a story that plays out just like in the movies. You are probably thinking that is what all rom-coms are. Except they play on that idea by introducing a film within the film showing a classic rom-com. The film itself is very predictable but this isn’t there to win awards. For the men you will happily watch this for Mila Kunis. Girls, you will happily watch this for Justin Timberlake. If you want something fun to watch then see this.

TheFriedGold rating – 6/10 – Kunis and Timberlake are bringing sexy back

 

 

 

 

Film Fact

When Mila Kunis is picking up Justin Timberlake from the airport at the beginning of the film, she uses an old sign that says O. Penderghast on the back. This stands for Olive Penderghast whom Emma Stone played in Director Will Gluck’s previous movie Easy A.

No Strings Attached (2011)

No Strings Attached (2011)

Directed by Ivan Reitman

Starring Natilie Portman and Ashton Kutcher

 

 

This is No Strings Attached not Friends with benefits which I’m guessing have more or less the same plot however I have not seen the latter yet. When I do I’m sure the review will end up being the same.

This is a film about a boy and a girl who first met 15 years ago at summer camp. Then as the years go by they keep bumping into each other. When we get to the present day they decide to, as the title suggests, hook up to be sex friends. Night and day they call each other and have sex everywhere and anywhere. Then the obvious happens and they start having feelings for each other and their relationship starts getting awkward.

(Possible spoilers although it’s pretty obvious)

This film does go the obvious way and through everything that happens they end up happily ever after.

Apart from knowing from the beginning what was going to happen there were some good comical moments. Jake Johnson (who can now be seen in TV show New Girl), as best friend Eli, gave a good supporting role and even had his only little romantic story to break up the main plot.

Ashton Kutcher is not the best actor in the world however Natalie Portman, as ever, is quirky and hot.

I would say give the film a watch if you have spare time and not much else to do.

Film Fact

The film was originally called Fuck Buddies but obviously had to change as it would not pass the censors. So it became Friends with Benefits. But that was taken by another film out around the same time with the same title. So third time lucky it was called No Strings Attached.