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Just Friends (2005)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance | 23 November 2005 (USA)
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While visiting his hometown during Christmas, a man comes face-to-face with his old high school crush whom he was best friends with -- a woman whose rejection of him turned him into a ferocious womanizer.

Director:

Roger Kumble

Writer:

Adam 'Tex' Davis (as Adam Davis)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ryan Reynolds ... Chris Brander
Amy Smart ... Jamie Palamino
Anna Faris ... Samantha James
Chris Klein ... Dusty Dinkleman
Chris Marquette ... Mike Brander (as Christopher Marquette)
Giacomo Beltrami Giacomo Beltrami ... Young Mike Brander
Fred Ewanuick ... Clark
Amy Matysio ... Darla
Julie Hagerty ... Carol Brander
Wendy Anderson Wendy Anderson ... Mrs. Palamino
Barry Flatman ... Mr. Palamino
Devyn Burant Devyn Burant ... Brett
Jaden Ryan ... Joey
Annie Brebner Annie Brebner ... Sarah
Mike O'Brien Mike O'Brien ... Hockey Dad
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Storyline

Chris Brander has always been friends with Jamie Palamino, but now decides it is time to take his relationship to the next step. The problem is that Jamie still wants to be 'Just Friends'. When he runs away and moves to L.A., he becomes an attractive music manager, whom everyone wants. When his jet catches fire and is forced to land, when flying to Paris with his newest singing sensation, Samantha James, he ends up back home. To his surprise, he encounters Jamie again, and sets out to be more than 'Just Friends' this time. Written by Film_Fan

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Moments like this have been ruining friendships for centuries. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexual content including some dialogue | See all certifications »

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Country:

Germany | USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 November 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Just Friends See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,275,000, 27 November 2005

Gross USA:

$32,619,671

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$51,024,243
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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In one of the photos of Chris from high school, a pennant from director Roger Kumble's alma mater (Northwestern University) can be seen hanging on the wall. See more »

Goofs

When Chris is in the dental appointment with Clark, you can see that he has a cut on the bottom of his top lip, but in the next shots when he's getting up, his lip is perfectly fine. See more »

Quotes

Jamie Palamino: We need to talk about what you wrote. Is that really how you feel?
Chris: I don't know. Maybe. Why?
Jamie Palamino: Because that's the nicest thing anyone's ever written me.
Chris: It was?
Jamie Palamino: Yes. I love you Chris -
[goes to kiss him. Chris goes for her lips and she moves to his cheek]
Jamie Palamino:
  • like a brother!

Chris: Hmm?
Jamie Palamino: We're friends right?
Chris: For sure!
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Crazy Credits

Chris (Ryan Reynolds) lip-syncs "I Swear" during the end credits. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Tosh.0: Nintendo 64 Kid (2009) See more »

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Eyes
Written by Zach Rogue
Performed by Rogue Wave
Licensed Courtesy of Sub Pop Records
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This film should of gone for an R Rating
12 September 2017 | by Christmas-ReviewerSee all my reviews

BEWARE OF FALSE REVIEWS & REVIEWERS. SOME REVIEWERS HAVE ONLY ONE REVIEW TO THEIR NAME. NOW WHEN ITS A POSITIVE REVIEW THAT TELLS ME THEY WERE INVOLVED WITH THE MOVIE. IF ITS A NEGATIVE REVIEW THEN THEY MIGHT HAVE A GRUDGE AGAINST THE FILM . NOW I HAVE REVIEWED OVER 300 HOLIDAY FILMS & SPECIALS. I HAVE NO AGENDA.

This film doesn't know what it wants to be. Sweet or Raunchy. They should have gone for raunchy and played this a little meaner. Yes it is set at Christmas time and some people hate raunchy in Christmas films but by making this PG-13 this film loses too many laughs. There is one major set piece where someones Christmas lights get destroyed but other than that this film is forgettable because there is no stand out funny moments with the characters.

What many people do not realize here is that Anna Faris is the stand out performer in this muddle mess. When she is on screen the film is funny. When she is not on screen the film becomes almost a HALLMARK Christmas MOVIE.

What this story is about In this romantic comedy, a recording industry executive (Ryan Reynolds - National Lampoon's Van Wilder, Blade: Trinity) comes face to face with his old high school crush (Amy Smart - Starsky & Hutch, The Butterfly Effect)--a woman whose rejection of him turned him into a notorious womanizer. But now he realizes that she is his one true love, and he wants them to be more than Just Friends.

A better writer would have given the comedy more "reality" then what is presented here. Because everything is "Over the Top" you don't care about anybody. Having everyone revert to how they were when they were in high school is an eye roller.

Because you do not care about the people in this film the film itself becomes boring. You will keep checking your watch too see how much more time is left.

I am giving this a 6 out of 10 because Anna Faris saves this from being a total waist of time.


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