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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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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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Taglines:

Friendship is a four-letter word. 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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Details

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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS | Datasat

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

When Jamie is talking with her mom in a park, as soon as she talks about her Prince Charming not showing off in a carriage, a white carriage pulled by horses appears in the background. See more »

Goofs

Although the end credits feature the logo for the Panavision Genesis, that camera was not used to shoot this film. It was actually shot entirely with Sony F35 cameras. See more »

Quotes

Dylan: I'm supposed to meet up with Jamie.
Tommy: Who's that? That headhunter?
Dylan: Uh-huh.
Tommy: What, you guys going out now?
Dylan: No, no, no, we're just friends. We're... messing around a little bit.
Tommy: What do you mean?
Dylan: Sleeping together. But it's just sex.
Tommy: That never works, bro. She's a girl. Sex always means more to them even if they don't admit it.
Dylan: Jamie's different.
Tommy: Does she have a penis where most girls have a vagina?
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Crazy Credits

There are fake outtakes for the film's fake romantic movie at the very end of the credits. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Fokus på Film fra Sør (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Life's A Party
Written by Tim Myers and Dave Bassett
Performed by Tim Myers
Courtesy of Palladium Records
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A film with nothing
29 July 2011 | by dbrandoSee all my reviews

Friends with Benefits seems like it might be a satire of Nora Ehpron's feel good films,or Neil Simon's one dimensional types with just TV cracks as substitutes for any kind of genuine dialogue. Not the case here. This film makes Ephron's screenplays and directed films, along with N. Simon's stuff, look like classics. Friends with Benefits has no acting in it, except for Patricia Clarkson, and she is debased as one of those old women- mothers who swear and screw around with men etc.

There isn't one line that is funny,there is not a scene between Timberlake and Kunis that has any chemistry to it. He is always seen as potentially gay, and Woody Harrelson's gay character keeps us wondering, if anyone would care to wonder.

Timberlake plays it all as sort of gay and sort of straight, but comes up neuter. I think the reason why there are so many nude shots of him is because you never take his gender seriously, like one of the dwarfs in Snow White, you never fear for Snow White's sexual safety; the dwarfs have nothing that would cause fear. So it is with Timberlake. Even when there is sex between Kunis and Timberlake, it looks like wrestling at summer camp.

The Altzheimer scenes are appalling, along with the gay male model scenes that are deeply homophobic.

This film needed a script, director, producer, and stars, not non-actors, who stomp around the set with no sense of mimesis, mimicking at all.

Avoid this, and watch "The Nanny."


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