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Just Friends (2005)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Romance  |  23 November 2005 (USA)
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While visiting his hometown during Christmas, a man comes face-to-face with his old high school crush whom he was best friends with -- a woman whose rejection of him turned him into a ferocious womanizer.



(as Adam Davis)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mike Brander (as Christopher Marquette)
Giacomo Beltrami ...
Wendy Anderson ...
Devyn Burant ...
Annie Brebner ...
Mike O'Brien ...
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Chris Brander has always been friends with Jamie Palamino, but now decides it is time to take his relationship to the next step. The problem is that Jamie still wants to be 'Just Friends'. When he runs away and moves to L.A., he becomes an attractive music manager, whom everyone wants. When his jet catches fire and is forced to land, when flying to Paris with his newest singing sensation, Samantha James, he ends up back home. To his surprise, he encounters Jamie again, and sets out to be more than 'Just Friends' this time. Written by Film_Fan

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He loves her. She loves him not. See more »


Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexual content including some dialogue | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

23 November 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Apenas Amigos  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$9,191,331 (USA) (25 November 2005)


$160,836 (Brazil) (16 June 2006)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Since the movie was filmed in Canada, many of the minor characters (as well as lead actor Ryan Reynolds) are played by Canadians. Three of the supporting actors - "Fred Ewanuick", "Mike O'Brien" and "Cavan Cunningham" were regulars on the Canadian sitcom "Corner Gas". See more »


When Samantha is rehearsing her song "Forgiveness" in the jet, she asks Chris if she should use more vibrato. However, when she starts singing again, instead of using vibrato, she uses falsetto (she sings in a higher voice rather than giving the notes more vibration). See more »


Mike: Samantha James, it is an honor. I have your poster on my wall, but you are so much hotter in person.
Samantha James: [coyly] I know!
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Crazy Credits

Chris (Ryan Reynolds) lip-syncs "I Swear" during the end credits. See more »


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When It Goes Around It Comes Around
Written by Reed Foehl, Putnam Murdock, Mark Singer and Rebecca Cunningham
Performed by Reed Foehl
Courtesy of Neverfoehl Records
Under License from South Bay Music Group & Hacate Entertainment Group, LLC
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We've all been there...
26 November 2005 | by (Typical Generic Suburb, USA) – See all my reviews

...the "Friend Zone." We've all been in Chris, the main character's, shoes.

The storyline isn't deep - and it's not intended to be. The plot is simple: Guy secretly pines for his best friend, but he's chubby and considered nothing but a friend. After graduating high school, he goes to L.A. to pursue a career, slims down and becomes wealthy and then surprisingly returns home to N.J. only to reunite with his former unrequited love. Despite how successful Chris is in his new life, at his core he's the same and the object of his affection still makes him nervous. Does he pull his head out of his butt and win the girl or does he go back to L.A.? I won't spoil it. But I will say this - See this movie. It's full of laughs and we can all relate to Chris. His family dynamics are hilarious and I guarantee you'll think, if you have siblings, "I've done that". See this flick for entertainment, not for the answer to life's greatest questions. Expect nothing and enjoy everything.

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