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Friendship is a four-letter word. See more »
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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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Justin Timberlake ... Dylan

Mila Kunis ... Jamie

Patricia Clarkson ... Lorna

Jenna Elfman ... Annie

Bryan Greenberg ... Parker

Richard Jenkins ... Mr. Harper

Woody Harrelson ... Tommy

Nolan Gould ... Sam

Andy Samberg ... Quincy

Shaun White ... Himself

Andrew Fleming ... Driver

Catherine Reitman ... Female Co-Worker

Courtney Henggeler ... Flight Attendant

Masi Oka ... Darin Arturo Morena

Tiya Sircar ... Hostess

Christopher T. Wood ... Ira Ungerleider

Emma Stone ... Kayla

Lili Mirojnick ... Laura

Rupak Ginn ... Male Co-Worker (L.A.)
Duane R. Shepard Sr. ... Older Man (as Duane Shepard Sr.)
Chike Johnson ... Taxi Driver

Angelique Cabral ... Pam Niborski
Lance Kerfuffle ... Security Guard

Jerry Ying ... Photographer
Jerry Hyman ... Caricaturist
Nick Lee ... Dylan's Neighbor
Jason Sung Lee ... Dylan's Friend
Michael Morris ... Carriage Driver

Brooklyn McLinn ... Policeman
Timothy Bish ... Dancer

LaJon Dantzler ... Dancer

Angel Feliciano ... Dancer
Laura Fremont ... Dancer

Nicole Guidetti ... Dancer
Alicia Mazepa ... Dancer

Mayumi Miguel ... Dancer

Jermaine Montell ... Dancer
Joanna Numata ... Dancer

Danielle Polanco ... Dancer
Wes Pope ... Dancer
Steven Rosa ... Dancer

Seth Stewart ... Dancer
DeAnna Walters ... Dancer
Adam Zotovich ... Dancer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

William Patrick Brown ... Passenger (uncredited)
Ryan Dodson ... Airport Passanger (uncredited)
Tammy Dugen ... DeeDee (uncredited)

Amanda Gist ... Airport Businesswoman (uncredited)

Teresa Hui ... Dancer (uncredited)

Rashida Jones ... Maddison (uncredited)
Zack Kibria ... Airport Traveler (uncredited)
Jeremy McLain ... Chess Player (uncredited)

Hannibal Miles ... Dancer (uncredited)

Sindy Nurse ... Times Square Dancer (uncredited)

Usman Ojibara ... Party Patron (uncredited)

Evelina Pereira ... Belgian Girl (uncredited)

Alex Phillip ... Classmate / Reception Guest (uncredited)
Agueda Ramirez ... Flash Mob Extra (uncredited)
Tony Robinson ... Grand Central Flashmob Dancer (uncredited)
Shane Schoeppner ... Airport Diner (uncredited)

Jason Segel ... Brice (uncredited)
Anthony Michael Stokes ... Boom box guy (uncredited)

Uzimann ... Hallal Food Vendor (uncredited)

Barbara Vincent ... Flash Mob (Grand Central) (uncredited)
James Wallington ... Photographer's Assistant (uncredited)

Bryan Williams ... Dancer (uncredited)

Directed by
Will Gluck 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Keith Merryman (screenplay) &
David A. Newman (screenplay) and
Will Gluck (screenplay)

Harley Peyton (story) and
Keith Merryman (story) &
David A. Newman (story)

Produced by
Alicia Emmrich .... co-producer
Glenn S. Gainor .... executive producer
Liz Glotzer .... producer
Will Gluck .... producer
Martin Shafer .... producer
Nicolas Stern .... co-producer
Janet Zucker .... producer
Jerry Zucker .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Michael Grady (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Tia Nolan (edited by)
 
Casting by
Lisa Miller Katz 
 
Production Design by
Marcia Hinds 
 
Art Direction by
Bo Johnson 
 
Set Decoration by
Cindy Coburn 
Alyssa Winter 
 
Costume Design by
Renee Ehrlich Kalfus 
 
Makeup Department
Joanne Cocuzza .... hair stylist
Jason Green .... hair stylist
Adruitha Lee .... department head hair
Tracey Levy .... makeup artist: Ms. Kunis
Tracy Manzo .... key makeup artist
Rosemary Redlin .... additional makeup artist
Thea Samuels .... additional makeup artist
Calvin Scott .... makeup artist
Lynn Tully .... hair stylist
Michelle Vittone .... makeup department head
David Waterman .... makeup artist
Carla White .... hair stylist: New York
 
Production Management
Glenn S. Gainor .... unit production manager
Meredith Meade .... production supervisor
Montez A. Monroe .... production supervisor: New York
Nikki Taylor .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Todd Amateau .... first assistant director
Thom Buckley .... additional second assistant director
Michelle Flevotomas .... dga trainee: New York
Keith Jackson .... additional second assistant director
Dan Katzman .... assistant director
Heather Kritzer .... second second assistant director
Casey Madigan .... second second assistant director
Kerry McCrohan .... additional second assistant director
Anthony J. Nahar .... second assistant director
Daniel Portnoy .... dga trainee
Matt Power .... second second assistant director: New York
 
Art Department
Sharon E. Alshams .... model maker
Fred Apolito .... propmaker
James Davidson Bennett .... set dresser
Stephen H. Carter .... art director: New York
Randy L. Childs .... propmaker foreman
Dan Colegrove .... propmaker gangboss
Jack Cornelius .... set dresser
Robert Danté Denne .... paint supervisor
Natalie N. Dorset .... assistant property master: New York unit
Jay Dupuy .... plaster department head
Josh Forster .... art department assistant
Neil Garland .... gangboss
Peter Gelfman .... property master
Paul Gelinas .... assistant art director: New York
Eric Helmin .... production assistant
John Herbert .... paint gangboss
Karen Higgins .... construction coordinator
Arlo Hoffman .... greens
John B. Josselyn .... assistant art director
Tina Khayat .... art department coordinator: New York
Chris Kieffer .... video graphics
Steven Kissick .... general foreman
Anthony Klaiman .... set dresser
Al Lewis .... assistant art director
Shea Marcus .... art department assistant
Joe Mason .... storyboard artist
Sergey Mazurov .... propmaker
Jessica McDonald .... set dresser
Fleur Nooyen .... set buyer
Paris P. Pickard .... art department coordinator
Rebecca Rosenthal .... assistant property master
Kelly Schultz .... set dresser
Steven Seine .... leadman
Trey Shaffer .... graphic designer
Chad Simpson .... paint gang boss
Vladimir Spasojevic .... production illustrator
Lindsay Tomlinson .... props
Tommy Tomlinson .... property master
Jonaszen Yao .... art department intern
Julie Youngblood .... art assistant
Tammy DeRuiter .... painter (uncredited)
Matthew King .... assistant food stylist (uncredited)
Jack White .... food stylist (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Anthony J. Ciccolini III .... adr editor (as Chic Ciccolini III)
Chris Cooper .... utility sound
Jesse Dodd .... adr mixer (as Jesse K-D. Dodd)
Robin Harlan .... foley artist
Eric Harwood .... sound recordist
Claire Houghtalen .... utility sound: New York
Tateum Kohut .... re-recording mixer
Sarah Monat .... foley artist
Kevin Nanaumi .... second assistant sound editor
Greg Orloff .... re-recording mixer
Geoffrey Patterson .... sound mixer
Eryne Prine .... first assistant sound editor
Jack Rametta .... adr mixer
Schavaria Reeves .... boom operator
Randy Singer .... foley mixer
Matt Temple .... sound effects editor (as Matthew Temple)
Paul Tirone .... adr recordist
Robert Ulrich .... supervising adr editor
Jon Wakeham .... supervising sound editor
Joe White .... sound mixer
Ben Wienert .... boom operator
David Williams .... dialogue editor
 
Special Effects by
Tommy Frazier .... special effects supervisor (as Tom Frazier)
Chris L. Ward .... special effects technician
Jeffrey A. Wischnack .... special effects coordinator (as Jeff Wischnack)
 
Visual Effects by
Akemi Abe .... visual effects artist
Jon Anastasiades .... digital compositor
Mandy Arnold .... digital restoration artist
Graeme Baitz .... digital compositor: Zoic Studios
Travis Baumann .... lead compositor: Gradient Effects
Tara C. Beavers .... visual effects coordinator
Jonathan Block .... open title sequence
Raoul Bolognini .... visual effects producer: Zoic Studios (as Raoul Yorke Bolognini)
Joey Bonander .... visual effects coordinator
Kristen Branan .... head of production: Zoic Studios
Phillip Broste .... compositor: Zoic Studios
Safeer Ghaznavi .... digital compositor
James David Hattin .... digital compositor
Ed Holdsworth .... digital compositor
Darren MacKay .... compositor: Zoic Studios
Ralph Maiers .... visual effects supervisor: Zoic BC
Fumi Mashimo .... digital compositor
Jesse Morrow .... visual effects artist
John P. Nugent .... visual effects artist
Nathan Overstrom .... digital compositor
Rocco Passionino .... visual effects supervisor
Khatal Prajakta .... digital compositor
Rob Price .... digital compositor
Tyagi Reetuj .... digital compositor
Chris Roff .... additional visual effects producer: Zoic Studios
Harrison Rutherford .... compositor: Zoic Studios
Prasanna Siddharthan .... digital compositor: Gradient FX
Olcun Tan .... executive visual effects producer: Gradient Effects
Thomas Tannenberger .... visual effects supervisor: Gradient Effects
Jayme Vandusen .... compositor
Lauren Weidel .... visual effects coordinator
Amy W. Wong .... compositor: Zoic Studios (as Amy Edwards)
Mark Stetson .... senior visual effects supervisor: Zoic Studios (uncredited)
Saurabh Tripathi .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Tom Zils .... digital compositor (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Cornell Brandon .... utility stunts
Jared Burke .... stunt double: Woody Harrelson
Rockey Dickey Jr. .... stunt rigger
Mark Dobson .... stunts
Marc C. Geschwind .... precision driver
Lance Gilbert .... stunt coordinator
Mark Munoz .... stunt double: Nolan Gould
Frédéric North .... stunt helicopter pilot
Larry Rippenkroeger .... stunts
Jimmy N. Roberts .... stunt driver
Brady Romberg .... stunt double (stunt double: Justin Timberlake)
Erik Rondell .... stunts
Monty L. Simons .... stunts
Matthew R. Staley .... stunts
Eddie L. Watkins .... stunt coordinator: New York
Glen Yrigoyen .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Jason Andrew .... key grip
Paul Armbruster .... rigging grip
John Bratlien .... rigging best boy
Jeremy Brussell .... rigging grip
J.A. Byerly .... rigging gaffer
Thomas Calandrillo .... technocrane operator
Paul Candrilli .... best boy grip: New York
Jeremy Cannon .... digital utility tech
Brian Carmichael .... video assist operator
Marcel Ciurea .... grip
Jason Cortazzo .... libra head technician
Jesse Crusing .... additional electrician
Kenny Davis .... a-dolly grip
Anthony DeFrancesco .... digital loader
Lance Dickinson .... lighting console porgrammer
Kyle Drevlo .... best boy rigging grip
Eric Dvorsky .... aerial camera technician
Adam C. Eichhorst .... grip
Chad Eshbaugh .... remote head technician
Greg Fausak .... best boy grip
Bryan Fletchall .... libra operator
Richie Ford .... rigging gaffer
Robert Forrest .... digital loader
John Frost .... cinematographer: end title sequence
John Gatland .... grip: New York
David Giesbrecht .... still photographer
Sam Griffin .... rigging electrician
Jeff Griffith .... second assistant camera
Billy Gunn .... rigging electric
Bryan Hayes .... grip
James Heerdegen .... grip: New York
Brian Heller .... aerial director of photography: New York
Chad Herr .... key rigging grip
Michael Herron .... digital video assist operator
Gembala James .... rigging electrician
Mike Karasick .... gaffer
David Katz .... additional video assist
Benjamin Kilmer .... grip
Todd Liggitt .... rigging grip
Chris Linares .... lighting technician
John Linares .... best boy electric
Kevin Lowry .... dolly grip: "b" camera, New York
Lorne MacDougall .... electrician
Rick Marroquin .... dolly grip: New York
Ryan McCoy .... electrician
Ryan McCoy .... second unit gaffer
Michael A. McFadden .... best boy rigging grip
Mark Meyers .... camera operator: "b" camera
Mark Meyers .... steadicam operator
Darin Moran .... camera operator: "a" camera
Rob Muia .... camera utility
Alexander J. Nobbs .... video assist: New York
David B. Nowell .... aerial director of photography (as David Nowell)
Bill O'Leary .... gaffer: New York
David Palmieri .... grip
William Pavlu .... lighting technician
Sean Piper .... rigging grip
Dylan Pomerleau .... rigging electrician
Kurt Pomerleau .... rigging electrician
Michael Rudolph .... electrician
Mike Sanchez .... video playback operator
Mary F. Stankiewicz .... first assistant camera
Ian Strang .... electrician
Craig Striano .... techno crane operator
George Sugar .... rigging electrician
Martin Torner .... grip
Edward Viola .... digital imaging technician
Glen Wilson .... still photographer
David C. Wright .... best boy grip
Matt Kennedy .... additional still photographer (uncredited)
Jordan Lapsansky .... lighting technician (uncredited)
 
Animation Department
Jonathan Wolfe .... main title animator
 
Casting Department
Taylor Kinzie .... extras casting assistant
Mariann H.W. Lee .... extras casting
Emer O'Callaghan .... casting assistant: New York
Abigail Santos .... casting associate
Jeni Thornell .... extras casting director
Joseph Wisniewski .... associate casting director
Karen Wood .... extras casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Roberta Bilé .... key costumer
Joanna Brett .... costume supervisor
Meghan Corea .... costume assistant
Linda S. Cormany .... key costumer
Linda Giammarese .... set costumer
Barrett Hong .... costumer
Courtney LaRiviere .... costume assistant
Winsome G. McKoy .... set costumer
Austin Myers .... costumer
Tracy Nishimoto .... set costumer
Kathy Oberlin .... tailor
Lisa D. Quercioli .... costumer
Elizabeth Shelton .... assistant costume designer
Hope Slepak .... costume supervisor
Adam Watt .... costume assistant
 
Editorial Department
Stacey S. Clipp .... first assistant editor
Kristine McPherson .... assistant editor
Harry Muller .... color timer
John Persichetti .... digital colorist
Lorena Talpan .... apprentice editor
Reza Amidi .... digital intermediate editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Halli Cauthery .... composer: source music
Wende Crowley .... music supervisor
Ryan Perez-Daple .... composer: source music
Sherry Whitfield .... music editor
 
Transportation Department
Chris Basso .... production van operator
Dan Brizendine .... transportation coordinator
Alex E. Burns .... driver: day player
Neil Chisholm .... driver
Jayson Ehlers .... transportation captain
Ron M Neil .... driver
Tina Peterson .... driver
Michael J. Riegle .... transportation
Brian Stackhouse .... driver
 
Other crew
Crystal Aguilar .... stand-in/photo double (mila kunis )
Daniel Altieri .... second assistant accountant
Joe Beckwith .... first assistant accountant: New York
Josh Benavidez .... production assistant
Gillian Berrow .... production secretary: New York
Kandice Billingsley .... key assistant location manager
Jody Blose .... script supervisor
Nicholas Brown .... first assistant accountant
Al Cerullo .... helicopter pilot
Matthew Cuny .... assistant: Nicolas Stern
Sonu Dham .... set production assistant: New York
Douglas Dresser .... supervising location manager
Megan Foerster .... location coordinator
Danny Frommer .... set medic
Jordan Gilbert .... production secretary
Peter Gluck .... key assistant location manager
Josh Goldman .... production assistant
John Graham .... studio executive
Amy K. Green .... second assistant accountant
Paul Hamill .... additional set production assistant
Virginia Hastings .... production assistant
Catrin Hedström .... production intern
Jake Hicks .... boat captain
Brandon K. Hines .... assistant: Will Gluck
Mark Hochman .... video and computer graphics supervisor
Jean Hodges .... food stylist
Lynn Johnson .... set medic
Justin A. Kaufman .... assistant: Glenn S. Gainor, New York
Brady Kephart .... production assistant
Brian Ketcham .... location assistant
S. Dylan Kirkland .... key assistant location manager
Kristofer Kolpek .... key production assistant
Rich Koski .... set production assistant: new york
Justin Kron .... assistant location manager: ny
Lauren Brooke Kurfirst .... assistant production coordinator
Laurie Landry .... stand-in: Mila Kunis/Courtney Henggeler
Kym Langlie .... unit publicist
Jennifer Levine .... medic
Jamie Lieberman .... assistant production coordinator
Nakoma Litahní .... set production assistant: New York
Tucker Maloney .... production secretary: prep
Zack Mandell .... production assistant
Todd Manes .... additional set production assistant
Kristina Meccia .... production intern
Marc Meeks .... key assistant location manager
David Midgen .... titles producer
Jeffrey Scott Miller .... assistant: Mr. Timberlake
Charlie Nadler .... operations coordinator: Castle Rock Entertainment
Sommer Napoles .... miscellaneous crew
Sean C. Nattini .... office production assistant
Mathew Noack .... location assistant
Frédéric North .... helicopter pilot (as Fred North)
Ashley O'Bryant .... production assistant
Frank O'Neill .... additional production assistant: New York
Amanda O'Reilly .... additional set production assistant
Stacy Owens .... assistant
Sherri Parker Lee .... adr loop group
Brigette Pope .... assistant location manager
Alan D. Purwin .... aerial coordinator
Alex Reinach .... production assistant
Bea S. Rembeczky .... cast assistant: Mila Kunis
Spencer W. Richards .... production assistant (as Spencer Richards)
Steven Ritt .... dog trainer
Chris Romberg .... production accountant
Matthew Roper .... set medic
Jaymi Rosano .... office production assistant
Erica Rosbe .... additional set production assistant
Julie Sage .... location assistant
Kristina Santoro .... key assistant location manager
Alex Schwerin .... production assistant
Aaron R. Smith .... set production assistant
Sue Smith .... production coordinator
Mike Staheli .... medic
Karen Teune .... set production assistant
Laura-Love Tode .... stand-in
Lauren Torrez .... production assistant
Gayle Vangrofsky .... location manager
Samara Vise .... set production assistant
Ashley Wallen .... choreographer
Curtis Waller .... production staff
Kate Royce Walters .... second assistant accountant
Troy Waters .... marine coordinator
Mara Webster .... production assistant
Canella Williams .... assistant production office coordinator
Tami Zamberg .... assistant: Will Gluck
Alexis Johnson .... production assistant (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Brandon Alexander .... the producers wish to thank
 

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Also Known As:
"Stay Friends" - Japan (English title) (imdb display title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for some violent content and brief sexuality
Runtime:
109 min
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Trivia:
Director Will Gluck's previous film was Easy A (2010), which features Emma Stone and Patricia Clarkson as mother and daughter.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: In one of the bedroom scenes, Jamie and Dylan are clearly covered with one silver blanket however when Dylan lifts his head lying on top of Jamie, both his back and her front are covered which could have been only possible with two blankets.See more »
Quotes:
Jamie:Why don't they ever a make a movie about what happens after they kiss?
Dylan:They do, it's called porn.
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Soundtrack:
Life's A PartySee more »

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64 out of 105 people found the following review useful.
A raunchy sex comedy that starts off sweet but becomes sour all too quickly, 5 July 2011
Author: DonFishies from Canada

I was unsure what to expect going into Friends with Benefits at an advanced screening a few weeks ago. It always seemed a bit too close in plot to No Strings Attached (made extra odd as the female leads Mila Kunis and Natalie Portman had literally just starred together in Black Swan), a film that came out less than six months ago, and while the trailers looked amusing, they seemed to look a little too close to an atypical romantic comedy. But the film actually ended up surprising me. Well, the first half at least.

Jamie (Kunis) is a headhunter in New York City who helps aspiring graphic design artist Dylan (Justin Timberlake) land a prestigious job at GQ. They become good friends, and after a discussion about their relationship failures, decide to start having sex without the relationship schmaltz (hence the titular phrase). But the good times cannot stay uncomplicated for long.

Rather surprisingly, the first half of Friends with Benefits is a ridiculously raunchy sex comedy that is sweeter than it is crude. The dialogue and one-liners drop at a steady pace, and there is plenty of laugh out loud moments. I was genuinely surprised at just how much I was enjoying the film, and how well co-writer/director Will Gluck (who knocked Easy A out of the park last year) helped capture the tropes and stereotypes of romantic comedies, and went entirely against them. The scene that starts the initial sexual antics is a complete dissection of the genre, and seeing the film twist and turn around the familiar plot devices was wonderful to see. It made the film feel hilarious, but also made it feel like it was attempting to do something different at the same time. Adding in a couple of random cameos from notable actors was a bit wacky (which the trailers have ruined slightly), but helped add to the humour.

Except the film comes to a screeching halt just about halfway in when Jamie and Dylan come to the all too obvious realization that they may want something more. The film then becomes drastically more dramatic, a lot less sweet, and significantly more ordinary. Even the laughs suffer, landing less with a snicker and more with a groan. Everything it does to shift itself away from the romantic comedy genre feels wasted because it falls into all of the stereotypes quicker than it poked fun at them. It almost feels like they wanted to desperately feel different, and then decided to just go the safer route as opposed to sticking with its offbeat early tactics. I was really enjoying the film significantly more than I imagined, but suddenly felt bored and totally thrown off by the drastic tonal shift.

While sketch comedy has proved to be one of his strong suits, Timberlake seems to have a lot of trouble carrying the film. We know he has the chops to command the screen and be absolutely magnetic (we have David Fincher and The Social Network to thank for that), but here he seems to be struggling with every other scene. He lands most of his jokes well, does decently with the dramatic bits and has plenty of chemistry with Kunis, but he lacks the spark I think most people will expect him to have in this role. He comes off as just okay, and more amateur than anything else. He would have been better suited in the film as a key supporting player, as opposed to the lead.

Kunis on the other hand, is significantly stronger and proves that her turn in Forgetting Sarah Marshall may have been an early suggestion of the formidable comedic talent she may quickly become. Gluck is not able to achieve the same level of breakthrough that he got from Emma Stone in Easy A from Kunis, but she manages to carry the film almost single handedly. Even at the script's weakest moments, she grins and pushes forward, never once appearing to be struggling as much as Timberlake does. I think my only complaint against her is that she spends a good portion of the film completely nude, yet ends up wearing all too obvious pasties under a white shirt in one scene. It seems more like a complaint against a horrendously bad editing and lighting decision than against her, but it was a scene that made her seemingly-realistic character feel a whole lot less believable.

Patricia Clarkson and Richard Jenkins both deliver good performances, but sadly feel like they are just plagiarizing from characters they have played better in the past. Jenna Elfman (who I did not realize was still acting) does a little better in a warm and significantly low-key role as Dylan's sister Annie. But it is Woody Harrelson who steals the entire show as gay sports writer Tommy. He plays the character ridiculously over-the-top, but never feels like he is encroaching on any stereotypes. He makes it his own, and is almost too good in the role. He gets all of the film's best dialogue quips, and runs circles around everyone on screen. In more than one instance, Timberlake looks legitimately shocked at some of the things Harrelson says and gets away with. I think the film could have only benefited from including more of him.

In the end, Friends with Benefits is both surprisingly well done and unsurprisingly ordinary. It tries so hard initially to be the anti- romantic comedy, and then just ends up falling into the same predictable elements that every other film in the genre has already done countless times before. The film is genuinely hilarious when it wants to be however, and this does save it from being a total waste. But it could have been so much more.

7/10.

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