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5.0 out of 5 stars FWB
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...
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2.0 out of 5 stars With Friends Like These
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...
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2.0 out of 5 stars With Friends Like These, 14 Aug 2013
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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. Instead it is dull, generic and tasteless.

If you are going to watch this film, the BluRay is probably worth getting as the film looks quite slick. The version of the film I saw did not have any extras of note.
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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FWB, 4 Feb 2012
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Rom-Com I've Seen In a Long Time!, 23 Mar 2012
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This review is from: Friends With Benefits [DVD] [2011] (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
3.0 out of 5 stars Fringe Benefits, 28 Nov 2012
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Manufactured to a formulae., 2 Nov 2013
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Don,t expect anything original in this story the film has been made to a formulae, you can see the outcome of every scene before it happens and a little more thought in the construction of the story and a little less explicit sex would have resulted in a better tale of relationships. Oh and I quite forgot, somebody should have given the director a shake now and again to wake him up and remind him he had a job to do.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars No Strings Attached, 13 Oct 2013
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This film is virtually the same as No Strings Attached, expect this is one of those Hollywood films, which takes the mickey out of Hollywood films, despite both the characters sitting on the Hollywood sign. Basically a couple decide to have sex with no strings attached, the guy is cool, with a cool job and the girl has issuses with her mum and relationships. Not a bad film but not original.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars YA, YOU KNOW IT..., 8 Sep 2013
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This review is from: Friends With Benefits [DVD] [2011] (DVD)
Both Timberlake and Kunis have recently broken up with their partner. Kunis plays a recruiter for GQ magazine, and Timberlake is someone she "stalked" to head up their Art department. Timberlake's ex-gf is Emma Stone. What is interesting is that Kunis' character is the laid back type of person we would expect Emma Stone to play, while Stone (what little we see of her) plays an emotional character we would expect Kunis to play. I don't know if the producers did this by design, or they just lucked into it, but knowing this made the movie funny on a different level. Kunis is savvy enough to realize she has been ruined by romantic movies as she awaits her Prince to sweep her off her feet. You know at the end of the movie, come running to her as she is about to leave, and pour his heart out to her.

Kunis gives Timberlake a fast paced tour of NY, perhaps one of the best sells for Manhattan I have seen in a long time. The movie verbally condemns Hollywood's romantic comedies while ironically creating one identical to it. With some quick character build up, the film goes to a scene where Timberlake and Kunis decide that they will have sex without the emotional baggage while swearing on a Bible app. No complications, just sex. Guess how that turns out?

Woody Harrelson plays a gay sports editor who is not shy about being gay. Woody gives Timberlake love advice, "It's not who you want to spend Friday night with, but who you want to spend all day Saturday with."

The sex scenes between Kunis and Timberlake are more comical than romantic. Timberlake likes to keep his socks on and sneezes after an orgasm, and Kunis is a screamer. Patricia Clarkson plays Kunis' super hip mother, who has never really told her daughter who her father was. In her first few minutes he was Greek, Puerto Rican, or Russian...she is sure he was Eurasian.

The dialoge is fast and witty. Kunis did a background check on a guy she dated.

Timberlake responds: "Did you do a background check on me?"

Kunis:"How could you possibly max out an Old Navy card?"

Timberlake: "I was just out of college and really into cargo pants."

In spite of the adult themes, the movie has a lighthearted chick flick Disney quality to it. The acting was good. The movie was very clever. If you liked "No Strings Attached" you might find this one on par or slightly better.

F-bomb,sex, brief nudity, deals with Alzheimer's. 5 star chick flick
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Friends with Benefits, 24 Mar 2014
Friend with benefits was a fantastic film, it was funny but sad in places just a real all round good film to watch .. Liked it so much we going to buy it
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Shut up Katherine Hiegl, 14 Mar 2014
Jamie and Dylan, on opposite coasts, break up with their lovers: each separately vows to stay out of emotional entanglements.

So when Jamie recruits Dylan to run GQ's art department in NYC - and she's the only person he knows in Manhattan - they decide to be friends with sexual benefits.

It works well until Jamie meets a paediatric cardiologist who just might be a match, and Dylan invites her to come home with him to LA for Thanksgiving.

He may be jealous of the doc, she may be sending new vibes in Dylan's direction, but can either see the signals?....

The first thing that really grabbed me about this movie is the fact that Timberlake is very good, and really shows that he could have a good career in these sort of movies.

While the story is essentially 'No Strings Attached' this feels a little more human, whereas that one relied on the star power of the two leads.

The two stars have a very good chemistry right from the start, which makes the film that little more believable, and for once, their isn't an irritating best friend (we have the damaged parents in this, which do provide a very entertaining sub-plot from both perspectives).

Sadly the film is predictable and becomes a bit of a chore at the end with something straight from the teenage Fisher KIng, but otherwise, it's smutty, good stuff, with a good heart.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay, 29 Dec 2013
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Perhaps my disliking of Justin Timberlake impacted on how I perceived this film but the story line was pretty average and the acting wasn't great. There was nothing outstanding about this film but it is still a pretty good chick flick.
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