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Friends (With Benefits) (2009)

 |  Comedy, Romance  |  5 July 2010 (USA)
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Meet Chloe and Owen: best buds since their sandbox days. Now, in med school as they attempt to balance the weight of their studies, his job, her band, their parents, their friends (their ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Margaret Laney ...
Chloe
Alex Brown ...
Owen
Anne Petersen ...
Alison
Jake Alexander ...
Jeff
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Shirley
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Brad
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Richard 'Dick' Weed
Irene Longshore ...
Polly
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Tatiana
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Bill Fairbairn ...
Owen's Father
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Owen's Mom
Ashley McGarry ...
Ashley
Sam Dingman ...
Sam
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Jason
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Meet Chloe and Owen: best buds since their sandbox days. Now, in med school as they attempt to balance the weight of their studies, his job, her band, their parents, their friends (their sanity), they find little time for relationships...but lots of time for the desire. One fateful day, a brave Owen proposes the "perfect" solution: Friends (read: no messy relationship stuff)...with benefits (read: insanely messy sex stuff). "Perfect," that is...if the two hadn't always been secretly in love with one another So what DOES happen when two close friends decide to secretly blur the lines dividing friendship and relationship...and the rest of their tight knit group of friends finds out? The answer: complications arise. A LOT of complications. In fact, to quote their therapist, "It's brought down empires; imagine what it can do to a group of friends". Written by Gorman Bechard

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Most friendships are complicated. Some are more complicated than others.

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When Gorman Bechard wrote the first draft of the "Friends (with benefits)" script in 1999, he titled it "Fuck Buddies", but soon found that attracting a talented cast to a film of that name became rather difficult, thus forcing the name change. Though on his personal computer, anything related to the film is still kept in a folder named "Fuck Buddies". See more »

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Brad: You wouldn't have these problems if you would just follow my rules: 100. Friends don't let friends fuck ugly people 99. Try everything twice, the first time you might have been doing it wrong 98. Fat girls give the best head because they're always hungry 97. Cologne: overrated... Deodorant: a must 96. Blondes are usually too dumb to realize they're having more fun 95. After puberty, that's not "baby fat" 94. ATM = the Holy Grail 93. All hippie chicks deep throat, but few vegans swallow 92. ...
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Fun, smart, and sexy film
11 July 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I didn't know what to expect from this movie, other than the obvious from the title of this nifty little film. What I got was a lot of sassy dialog, funny and endearing characters, and a blazingly catchy soundtrack. Gorman Bechard hits it right out of the park with this quirky and engaging adult romantic comedy.

I like how the script doesn't necessarily spoon feed every single plot point to you. Rather, it allows the scenes to develop organically and grow into some unpredictable yet hysterical situations.

The soundtrack is a very large part of this film, with a good amount of "live" music performed throughout. I found myself actively enjoying much of the music in this film.

There's a pervasive sense of realism to the characters. The overall effect of this film is that these are realistic events that are actually happening to these people (whom you grow to like and feel sympathetic for), rather than actors playing roles. The principal leads, Margaret Laney and Alex Brown, are part of a terrific ensemble cast that make this film crackle.

This is the perfect "date" movie for anyone looking for an intelligent and adult romantic comedy; especially for those that aren't afraid to ask the question that begins with "What if you and me...?"


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