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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.


Roger Kumble


Adam 'Tex' Davis (as Adam Davis)
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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


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Did You Know?


The little girl hockey player that wanted to fight Chris was actually played by a boy. See more »


Chris's facial expressions between shots during his conversation about the ice skates with his mother. See more »


Samantha James: [Chris is wrestling Samantha to make her stop using her taser gun on him] Oooohhh yes! Go-Time!
Chris: Hey! Hey! It's not Go-Time! This isn't how it works Samantha! You can't force or... or torture someone into liking you!
Samantha James: [Rolls her eyes] Oooh, the big speech!
Chris: No! You just have to put yourself out there and hope that they like you back! This isn't a game! This is my LIFE!
Samantha James: Oh yeah! This is MY life! Okay? I'm sorry I'm not the most boring person ever! Okay? I'm sorry I'm not poor! I'm sorry I...
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Crazy Credits

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


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13 December 2005 | by Filmcritic624See all my reviews

After an abysmal watching of "National Lampoons Van Wilder" and shortly after reading a horrible review for "Waiting", I thought I wouldn't be able to see another decent Ryan Reynolds movie. Simply put, this man can't act, and we all know that, but we have to give this guy some credit as he plays the innocent Chris Bander, an overweight student who turns his life around to become a very successful publicist (or something in that relation) of the music business.

We start out the movie in High School somewhere in New Jersey. Chris is fat, he has almost no friends, except for Jamie Palamino (Amy Smart "Road Trip"), but at the end of high school, he realizes that he wants the friendship to be more than just friends, but she refuses to allow that to happen, and it breaks his heart, which starts Reynolds on a huge womanizing spree, one with which is a musical artist (Anna Faris). The rest is an entire teen movie cliché.

I have to give credit to Reynolds for his nonchalant attitude in the film, and the looks of Smart and Faris is only what keeps the film alive, yet Julie Hagerty ("Airplane" Anyone?), who gets a bit of camera time as Chris's mom, is still the soft, baby spoken actress she was 20 years ago. When will she just hang it up already? Watcheable, silly, funny, and charismatic. Four words to describe the film. There's also these other four words. Cliché, unorthodox, poor, and plain old dull.

If you're in it to see Reynolds look like a fool of himself, see the film. If not, get some laughs and walk out with a happy face. It'll last longer.

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Release Date:

23 November 2005 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »


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Opening Weekend USA:

$9,275,000, 27 November 2005

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