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With Friends Like These,
This review is from: Friends With Benefits [Blu-ray]  [Region Free] (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. 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.