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Friends with Benefits (2011)

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A young man and woman decide to take their friendship to the next level without becoming a couple, but soon discover that adding sex only leads to complications.

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Will Gluck

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Keith Merryman (screenplay), David A. Newman (screenplay) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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
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Storyline

Jamie Rellis (Mila Kunis) is a New York City head-hunter trying to sign Los Angeles-based art director Dylan Harper (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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Some friends come with a happy ending. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some violent content and brief sexuality | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 July 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amigos con beneficios See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,622,150, 24 July 2011, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$55,802,754

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$149,542,245
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Dolby Digital | SDDS | Datasat

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The film cast includes one Oscar winner: Emma Stone; and four Oscar nominees: Richard Jenkins, Patricia Clarkson, Justin Timberlake, and Woody Harrelson. See more »

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When Dylan and his nephew are sitting still in the water, talking on their motor boats, you can see his nephew's boat abruptly pull to the side because his boat is on a string and the boat was pulling away. See more »

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A sweet satire that's almost good (but not quite)
22 July 2011 | by Samiam3See 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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