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Friends With Benefits [DVD] [2011]

Justin Timberlake , Mila Kunis , Will Gluck    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (172 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Justin Timberlake, Mila Kunis, Patricia Clarkson, Jenna Elfman, Bryan Greenberg
  • Directors: Will Gluck
  • Format: Subtitled, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Finnish, Danish, Hindi, Italian, Norwegian, Spanish, Swedish
  • Dubbed: Italian, Catalan, Spanish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Ent.
  • DVD Release Date: 6 Feb 2012
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (172 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00592CZRK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,244 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Dylan (Justin Timberlake) is done with relationships. Jamie (Mila Kunis) decides to stop buying into the Hollywood clichés of true love. When the two become friends they decide to try something new and take advantage of their mutual attraction – but without any emotional attachment. Physical pleasure without the entanglements. Sounds easy enough for two logical adults, right? Not so much. They soon realize romantic comedy stereotypes might exist for a reason.

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At a time when mainstream comedy has been overtaken by rambling, pleasingly sloppy Judd Apatow-type improv-fests, director Will Gluck has been quietly doing his part to remind folks that sticking to the script and having a destination in mind can be fun, too. Much like his earlier Easy A, Friends with Benefits is a clever, just-this-side-of-painfully-hip relationship comedy that knows when to linger over a punch line and when not to break stride. A few minor speed bumps aside (filmmakers: can we can it with the musical montages, already?), it goes down extremely easy. The story in a nutshell: frustrated by the lack of viable dating options in their vicinity, two platonic friends (Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake) decide to embark on a casual, no-strings-attached physical relationship. However, as a briefly glimpsed clip from Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice foreshadows, things don't stay simple for very long. As opposed to the standard PG-13 rom com, things get surprisingly raunchy here, but organically so, with the slight snafus and briefly major embarrassments that should ring true to most relationship veterans. As in Easy A, Gluck has assembled a fantastically game supporting cast, including Woody Harrelson, Jenna Elfman, and especially the great Richard Jenkins and Patricia Clarkson as two vastly different parental figures, but it's really the two leads' show. Whether arguing the virtues of the band Kriss Kross or engaging in activities unprintable on an all-ages website, Timberlake and Kunis display the snappy back-and-forth of a classic cinematic coupling. When they're cooking, you don't want to be anywhere else. --Andrew Wright

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars With Friends Like These 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
5.0 out of 5 stars FWB 4 Feb 2012
By Jon
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fringe Benefits 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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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Rom-Com I've Seen In a Long Time! 23 Mar 2012
By Elk2011
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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