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Friends with Benefits (2011)

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While trying to avoid the clichés of Hollywood romantic comedies, Dylan Harper and Jamie Rellis soon discover however that adding the act of sex to their friendship does lead to complications.

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Jamie Rellis (Mila Kunis) is a New York City head-hunter trying to sign Los Angeles-based art director Dylan Harper (Justin Timberlake) for her client. When he takes the job and makes the move, they quickly become friends. Their friendship turns into a friendship with benefits, but with Jamie's emotionally damaged past and Dylan's history of being emotionally unavailable, they have to try to not fall for each other the way Hollywood romantic comedies dictate. Written by napierslogs

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Friendship is a four-letter word. See more »

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Rated R for some violent content and brief sexuality | See all certifications »

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Amigos con beneficios  »

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$35,000,000 (estimated)

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$18,622,150 (USA) (22 July 2011)

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$55,802,754 (USA) (16 September 2011)
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Mila's character takes a sign from someone at the airport that says 'O.Penderghast' - Emma Stone played this character the year before in Easy A. See more »

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When Dylan takes Jamie to meet his family and they all gather on the porch by the beach, a man in a white shirt and a woman in an orange bikini, walk through the background three or four times within a minute. They are always going in the same direction, and at least two of their appearances seem to be the exact same background footage played over again. See more »

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Jamie: I really have to stop buying into this bullshit Hollywood cliche of true love.
[sees posters for "The Ugly Truth" on a wall]
Jamie: Shut up, Katherine Heigl, you stupid, little liar!
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At the end, the credits are passed through the screen by hands like using a touch screen. See more »

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Referenced in Entourage: Motherfucker (2011) See more »

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Girls Fall Like Donimoes
Written by Milo Cordell, David Robertson Furze, Nicki Minaj (as O. Maraj), Gordon Greville, J.R. Rotem (as JR Rotem), Cleveland Browne, and Wycliffe Johnson
Performed by Nicki Minaj
Courtesy of Cash Money Records / Universal Motown Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
Contains a sample of "Dominos"
Performed by The Big Pink
Courtesy of 4AD Limited
Mixed by Ariel Chobaz
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A sweet satire that's almost good (but not quite)
22 July 2011 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

What I can say for Friends with Benefits is that it's a cute movie that doesn't reach it's full potential. The main problem to me is that when it starts, the film is being played as satire and when it ends, it's being played straight. As a result, Friends with Benefits does not quite rise above the romantic material it mocks, but on occasion it's funny and adorable.

Actually for a while, the movie is on fire. The opening is cleverly handled, and is a good way to grab the audiences attention. Then for the next several scenes, Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake demonstrate charm, comfort and overall competence and end up delivering a couple of the funniest sexual encounters I've seen in years. What I like about them both is that they bring enthusiasm to whatever they do, and this film is no exception.

Around the halfway point, the film starts to feel a little boring. with a running time of just over a hundred minutes, Friends with Benefits is not a long movie, and while it's not exactly short either, it feels shorter than it should be. There are a few hints to suggest that a longer movie was intended but the Studio may have forced a cut down. In addition to an ending that feels rushed, all the supporting characters in the story seem futile, and underwritten. Woody Harrelsson, for example, can be a really funny guy, but he's not given the material or the screen time, to make his appearance worthwhile.

The film has it's ups, it has it's downs. It doesn't end up being a bad Rom-com, but I've seen better.


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