Friends With Benefits 2011

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(161) IMDb 6.6/10
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The relationship between two friends gets complicated when they decide to get romantic.

Starring:
Emma Stone, Mila Kunis
Runtime:
1 hour 49 minutes

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Friends With Benefits

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Product Details

Genres Romance, Comedy
Director Will Gluck
Starring Emma Stone, Mila Kunis
Supporting actors Justin Timberlake, Woody Harrelson, Jenna Elfman, Patricia Clarkson
Studio Sony Pictures International
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sam Tyler on 14 Aug 2013
Format: Blu-ray
A film can fall flat on its face by trying to be something it is not. The publicity for `Friends With Benefits' was that this was an anti-Rom Com that shredded up the rules of the genre and was a fun black comedy. Nothing could be further from the truth; this is romantic comedy at its most insipid, made worse by its claims that it is not even one. The fact that it is generic is by no means the worse fault the film has; the lack of chemistry and misjudged characters do not help either.

Dylan and Jamie are two professionals who have just got out of long term relationships and don't want anything complicated so they come up with the plan to be friends with benefits. But can you have relations without forming a relationship - who really cares? I certainly did not, as both Justin Timberlake's Dylan and Mila Kunis' Jamie are hideous people to watch. Vacuous, vain and rich, they are the type of character who would have suited a knockabout comedy of the mid-80s rather than present day. It is not helped that I find Timberlake a little creepy as a romantic lead. His soft, almost falsetto at times, voice is about as appealing as dating someone with a collection of life like dolls in their home.

With a story that tries to be daring, but in fact incredibly generic, you start to feel a little cross with the film. This turns to fury with the introduction of Richard Jenkins' character. Jenkins is a good actor, but here he plays a character with Alzheimer's that is totally misplaced in the film. At no point does `Friends with Benefits' earn the right to turn serious and the character played by Jenkins is one of the most distasteful and mawkish examples of poor film making in recent years. `Friends' is a film that tries to be funny, different and naughty - it is none of these things.
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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Jon on 4 Feb 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I'm going to assume that we all know by now that this is a film that eventually finishes with a fairly typical rom-com ending. But come on, if you seriously think that it shouldn't end this way, ask yourself how you would rather it ended. It is the journey that this film takes getting there that makes this such an enjoyable flick.
The premise is simple - Dylan (Justin Timberlake) and Jamie (Mila Kunis) decide that adding sex to their relationship is a great idea because its just physical. Eventually, they decide mutually to stop but remain friends and as the film progresses further we get to know them, and their families, and all their problems.
The fact is that there are not many movies I have enjoyed more than this, and this romcom just felt streets ahead of many others I have watched - the acting is good and it was something that a lot of romcoms aren't - it was very funny. Timberlake held his own with Kunis, and the supporting cast of Woody Harrelson (Tommy, the gay GQ sports editor), Patricia Clarkson (Lorna, Jamie's mum) and Richard Jenkins, who plays Dylan's father, provided some really good scenes (my favourite being the scenes between Dylan and his dad).
The sex scenes were well written, well acted, and well directed, managing to be fairly raunchy without going over the top. The dialogue was also really well written, and it was fun to watch Kunis and Timberlake play off eachother throughout the movie. Highly recommended.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Elk2011 on 23 Mar 2012
Format: DVD
I'm not a rom-com fan, so I didn't have high hopes for this movie but I was pleasantly surprised to find it was one of the best movies I've seen in quite some time.

The formula is a familiar one - boy meets girl, both are losers in love (despite being incredibly attractive!), Initially they are just friends, but this soon turns into friends with (sexual) benefits and of course it'll surprise no one that that soon turns into love, much to the surprise of them both. None of this is particularly surprising and the predictable nature of it is usually why I dislike rom-coms but what makes this one different is the comedy - it's really very good! Throughout the movie there's a scattering of genius comedy moments.

The lead characters (Timberlake & Kunis) are both very well developed and unlike most rom-coms it doesn't just focus on their love life, it focuses on their families and what makes them tick psychologically. The script is witting, funny and charming and you end up loving both characters by the end of the movie. Throw in a great supporting cast, with the likes of Woody Harrelson, a sports writer with a fixation on all things gay and the casting is just great.

Another thing worthy of a mention is the great soundtrack - there's some great songs used throughout the movie (Semisonic - Closing time etc) which really make it what it is.

For once I agree with one of the quotations of the box - this one really is "Sexy. Funny. Clever" - give it a go!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cylon Says on 28 Nov 2012
Format: Blu-ray
Men will be happy at a naked Mila Kunis bobbing up and down; women will be happy with Justin Timberlake doing the same. Those who like both will be doubly happy; those who only like one will find the other an unpleasant distraction. Those wanting funny moments will be disappointed; those who want on-screen chemistry will be satisfied. Friends with Benefits has a little for everyone but doesn't deliver the complete package.
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