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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 | new york city | job | break up | See more »

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Some friends come with a happy ending. 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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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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Mila Kunis used a "butt double" for her character's full nude scene despite the fact that she appears semi-nude in side views in a handful of scenes. See more »

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Jamie gets a call while in the bathroom. She holds a conversation with the person, but you can see in the reflection on the mirror that she hasn't answered the call - the green ('Answer') and red ('Decline') buttons can be seen. See more »

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Taxi Driver: Welcome to New York! Go and fuck a dick!
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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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