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Yes, the movie made money. Yes, it was filmed in L.A. and N.Y. - where else, duh! Yes, the old salesmen trick of repackaging the same product to sell to the same schmuck by changing the packaging a little works as usual and always has and always will. So what do the cloistered writers, producers and directors in N.Y. & L.A. do with their lives well, sit in little pretend manly cubicles trying to tweak another dollar out of the rom-com boxed-in consumer. What is the formula that's tweaked? Middle class white professionals that cuss a lot to bluff toughness; sex dominates their discussions; monetary self interest dominates their social consciousness; parties, bars and objects- du-jour their support system. What's tweaked? Change an actor or two but not too many; change an office/occupation but not too many; change the social scenes but not too many. Everything else stays the same predictable self including the ending. Ah hah moment, the monetary comfort of predictability in exchange for the psychological comfort of predictable fantasy.
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As with all comedies you will know from the first 5 minutes who will
end up with whom.
This movies is filled with nice features like flash mob action, but basically this movie is slow paced, not worth watching.
I was watching this movie with my girlfriend, after 20 min she asked me If we could please leave the theater. And we did, we went out to watch another movie.
Mila, you were funny in that 70's show, but Justin is bringing the worst out of you.
Justin was even more boring then he was in Bad teacher, As I quote not worth watching
After another failed relationship high-rolling blog entrepreneur Dylan
Harper (Justin Timberlake) and head-hunter Jamie Rellis (Mila Kunis)
decide to forfeit on love and commitments. Per chance Jamie headhunts
the LA settled Dylan to become the chief editor of GQ monthly, the New
York. On his arrival to the Big Apple the two hitch onto their instant
connection, chatting through the days and wise-cracking on the same
wave-length. Not wanting to dissolve the friendship, but at the same
time in the midst of an ongoing sex-drought, the two decide to enter an
understanding: Just sex. No strings attached. What happens from then on
is... pretty anticipatable. At first things are perfectly fine, but
then an epiphany or two changes the state of affairs into something
less raunchy and more heartwarming.
Romantic comedies are essentially my guilty pleasure (psst... don't pass the word around), often intaking a few to lessen the intensity levels following more ambitious cinema. Despite being able to fill in the dots several scenes ahead, they do offer a certain respite and touch the less cynical side of a human being. However cliché and stereotypical the two leads or predictable the outcome, the key issue is proper chemistry and some honest laughs. Unfortunately "Friends with Benefits" offers two mildly intriguing characters with pet peeves and supposedly cute idiosyncrasies, who are provided with well-meant, but laboured, dialogue. They end up attempting to talk there way into the viewer's sympathy with mildly entertaining punchlines, forced deliveries reeking of pretentiousness or mistimed comedic flow. Even worse some of the ideas spun into the move are outdated (like the whole flash mob concept) and just don't help to build the character's credibility.
The best thing in the movie is Dylan's father (played by Richard Jenkins), an Alzheimer afflicted heart-warming character, which single-handedly manages to instill a sense of honesty to the end resolution, despite all the dismembered emotionality of preceding events. Unfortunately for the lead cast the show is basically stolen by supporting actors with Jamie Clarkson as Jamie's hippie sex crazed mom and Woody Harrelson as a gay sports editor stealing all of the thunder whenever on screen.
I was surprised to learn that this film was by the director of the
engaging "Easy A." In "Friends with Benefits," he elicits so-so
performances from a wonderful cast as if it was his central purpose.
The script was written by three men, but sounds as if written by a middle-aged-plus lady a la the horrible Nancy Meyers, straining to seem "daringly" dirty, up-to-the-minute hip and fitfully "meta." There are plenty of references to movies and digital culture, but few laughs, and I never felt any human connection with the characters. The dialog is delivered in a pressured way, with each new line beginning at the instant the previous speaker finishes, with never a pause or overlap. The editor would usually cut at that instant, giving some scenes a very clunky rhythm, with consequent injury to any flow or naturalism.
FWB's scattered references to standard romcom memes don't seem so witty finally, given the script's failure to subvert or transcend them. Its would-be feel-good conclusion is unearned and false.
Friends with benefits is complicated. This movie does feature some good performances, including Justin Timberlake, Mila kunis, and woody harrelson. The script is alright, cliché at times. You may be surprised to know that this movie actually does have a sweet undertone and heart felt moments. Sure, there are racy sex scenes involved, of course there are, you know that from the title, but this movie has more to it than just that. There are some funny lines, but unfortunately not enough. The movie drags a bit at times, it slows down and you really don't want it too, so that's one issue. The sex scenes are comical and hot, and they work for this film. Also the sexual content and nudity isn't too overly graphic, so it isn't uncomfortable or awkward in any way. So overall a 6/10, almost, but not quite.
Confessions of Fraternity Days 1984, Norbert was a college freshman in
Abilene, Texas. All his break ups, unique jobs, and fraternity
oddities. Norbert is social, kind hearted and successful at everything,
but true love. He is a singer, a model (for BVD), a youth minister,
quasi-college athlete, and an adult dancer. It is the best Texas
college fraternity story since Proof by Kevin Reynolds. Makes you
laugh, cry and remember the 1980's. A Humorous coming of age tale,
destined to be a Cult Classic. Coming soon
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This is the second one of it's kind I have seen this year, with this
kind I mean friends- having-sex-just-for-fun-but-wanting-more kind of
flicks, I think both of them are equally good, but in each their own
In No strings attached with Natalie Portman as the leading female, it is more subtle and sweet, but this has a more becoming Mila Kunis approach, loud, dirty, sexy and good. So this has a few other view points, and is essentially the opposite of the other, except they both have the same theme and they more or less end the same way.
In this the side characters are way better, especially Woody Harrelson is great, he is a very fun homosexual male, not to much in any way, but enough to make his point and a lot of good remarks. But it is also nice to see Jenna Elfman again, it's been a while and even though this doesn't give her the biggest scenes, she does very well and has a nice role.
Friends with Benefits does not redefine the tried and tested rom-com formula. It is pretty much the same as any of the other movies from this genre. However, the lead actors Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis have a mesmerizing chemistry which makes the movie really watchable. The writing is crisp and witty. The story is about two people who decide to have sex without getting in a relationship. However, they eventually develop feelings for each other without admitting it. The film separates itself from the bunch by being self-conscious as the leads repeatedly mention the fact that their story is similar to a Hollywood movie. However, some of the melodrama seems contrived when everything seemed to be going perfectly well between the two. Mila Kunis shines in this movie and is extremely likable. Watch it for the chemistry and sharp dialog.
Friends With Benefits was definitely fun, and it was what I was
expecting. And yes, of course it was easily predictable, but what kind
of romantic comedy isn't? Friends With Benefits was mostly simple and
fun, easy to watch.
Most of the sex scenes are very good, they weren't made too deep nor were they just physical action which would make you awkward, hoping nobody enters the room. It was realistic and showed how fun sex can be with the real person, which is something movies don't usually show you. Movies just try to glamorize sex way too much, in Friends With Benefits it was very casual.
I'm not so sure about Justin Timberlake's acting though. He seemed decent, but not particularly good. Mila Kunis however, is brilliant and funny as always. Also she's gorgeous, which makes the movie easier to watch.
I was kind of hoping more from Woody Harrelson's character, but every time he opens his mouth, they just had to point out how gay the character is. I think the audience got it after the first time yet still it needs to be said so many times it felt like the only feature the character had. Sexual minorities need much better representation than this.
The whole story felt like it would be making fun of them, but still they ended up using them. I can't decide if the movie was ironically playing with the clichés or if it fell into its own trap.
Friends With Benefits is fun, but I can't imagine watching it a second time. There are way better romantic comedies, like Keeping The Faith, but sure it's worth one watch.
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How did this thing get rated under 7 on IMDb, when it clearly deserves
a ... 7?
Mila Kunis was a pretty good actress and good to look at. It tried to flout the conventions of the romantic movie, and even got Jason Segal to act in a fake movie they kept watching. There was more skin, and more sex up front. There was much more sweet kindness in the first Act.
But it was pretty much a romantic movie with the first and second Acts switched. They start out sexy and friendly, but then become contentious in the second Act. She still had to deal with her issues and he still had to confess his love in a big public display, and love was still the only thing that mattered. They also tried faster talking than usual but my wife and I could hardly follow it.
I'll bet some romCom fans trashed it for the betrayal. It was like some cheerleader than claims to hate 'those vain girls'. That would grind the other cheerleaders.
Justin Timberlake was OK, but dragged it down a little. Damn that guy, he does OK at all sorts of things that pay him millions.
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