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Friends with Benefits (2011)

 -  Comedy | Romance  -  22 July 2011 (USA)
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While trying to avoid the clichés of Hollywood romantic comedies, Dylan and Jamie soon discover however that adding the act of sex to their friendship does lead to complications.

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Jamie (Mila Kunis) is a New York head-hunter trying to sign Los Angeles-based Dylan (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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new york | sex | break up | job | new york city | See more »

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Friendship is a four-letter word. See more »

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Comedy | Romance

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

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Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$55,802,754 (USA) (16 September 2011)
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Trivia

In the scene were Mila Kunis' character, Jamie, is speaking to Patricia Clarkson's character, Lorna (Jamie's mother), about the benefits of free love and how people behaved in the 1970s, you can clearly see the movie Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1969) playing in the background. This is Paul Mazursky's cinematic homage to free love and ties in nicely to Lorna's character "free love" spirit. See more »

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When in Grand Central at the end of the movie Dylan is "dancing" on the stairs when they show him face on. When the camera angle changes to behind him the person isn't moving at all. See more »

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[Tommy leaps over a wall into the Hudson River, and Dylan finds out... ]
Dylan: You have a boat?
Tommy: I live in Jersey. I ain't taking no ferry... Unless it's out to dinner and a show.
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References Pretty Woman (1990) See more »

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Runaway Baby
Written by Bruno Mars, Ari Levine, Brody Brown (as Christopher Brown) and Philip Lawrence
Performed by Bruno Mars
Courtesy of Elektra Entertainment Group / Atlantic Recording Corp.
By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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"Friends with Benefits"
7 April 2012 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

"Friends with Benefits" has a predictable and unoriginal rom-com storyline and its ending is pretty lame. Yet this movie coasts on the charisma of Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis and a lot of sharp and witty dialogue. As long as these two actors are talking to each other or having sex, there is hardly ever a dull moment. And the reason for this seems to be simple enough. In most rom-coms, the actors play pretty dim-witted, boring and superficial people and therefore there is no reason to take interest in anything they may say or do. In this rom-com, "Friends with Benefits," Timberlake and Kunis play fresh, independent and smart people and for this reason we are interested in the lives they lead and what they say to each other. So "Friends with Benefits" does not have much of a plot, but that does seem to matter because on this rare occasion we are happily distracted by the magnetism of two capable on screen actors who are playing two well-craft parts.


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