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BB Movie Review: Friends With Benefits

Although I was skeptical about the movie because of its predictability, I’ve been a huge fan of the leads. I’ve followed Mila Kunis since That 70’s Show and Justin Timberlake since, well, ‘N Sync. So belles, do you want more bang for your buck with your guy friend/I-have-no-idea-what-to-label-this-relationship?

Jamie (Mila Kunis) is a hotshot headhunter in New York City who helps graphic design artist Dylan (Justin Timberlake) land the job as an Art Director at GQ. They automatically clicked as friends while Jamie gave a tour of the city-that-never-sleeps to Dylan, who just flew in from LA. As they opened up about their past relationships and why they never work out, they decided (with the help of a Holy Bible app) to try out the whole friends-with-benefits “relationship.” Sex scenes and awkward run-ins ensue, of course, but things just got complicated.

So, let’s get this straight. Although Friends with Benefits does have the same, basic storyline as No Strings Attached, there is more to the friends-with-benefits plot in Mila Kunis’s and Justin Timberlake’s take on the same idea. What’s amusing is that Mila Kunis worked with both Ashton Kutcher (That 70’s Show) and, much more recently, Natalie Portman (Black Swan). Kunis and Timberlake both have excellent onscreen chemistry that carries through the film. Both films are, though they try not to be, typical adult romantic comedies, but they put a different spin and perspective to the idea. Which did I like more? Definitely Friends with Benefits.

Friends with Benefits does have the cliché scenes that build up throughout the movie, but it manages to also make fun of the other typical adult romantic comedies. It also pokes fun at many stereotypes with the supporting cast and random cameos, an example being Woody Harrelson playing a gay sports editor at GQ.

If you’re interested, definitely watch it with your girlfriends or current boyfriend, but not with a friend-with benefit…unless you both want to change that status. The movie delivers the laughs, romance, and raunchy sex scenes. Yes, it’s predictable, but it’s a typical romantic comedy at its best.


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