REVIEW: Friends with Benefits Pays Almost Zero Dividends
16 March 2012
Excerpt: The idea of romantic comedies is that you want to see the two leads get past all their false starts and misunderstandings and get together. But what happens if you just don't care? Scratch that: What happens if the leads in question are Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis and you still don't care?
Excerpt: Was there some stipulation in the contracts of “Black Swan” actresses Mila Kunis and Natalie Portman that said they must do the same movie, but with different titles and stars in the same calendar year? No? Ok, well if that’s the case then I don’t really know what to think.
Conclusion: When I requested Friends with Benefits I thought I would watch it once and then possible re-gift it. I enjoyed it enough to keep it. Justin Timberlake, I’m a little ashamed to say, is growing on me.
Excerpt: Friends with Benefits takes a long time to land on a runway of familiarity. It’s actually a train station of familiarity, but still. The whole thing is a tease, from precisely placed bed sheets that defy physics with their ability to stick to naughty bits to the jibs at romantic comedies.
Conclusion: For a movie that's much, much better than the previews made it seem, the 'Friends with Benefits' Blu-ray isn't nearly as good as it should be. While the extra features are brief, but enjoyable, the overall quality of the film's AV presentation is far below what we demand these days.
Conclusion: Friends with Benefits is definitely the surprise Romantic Comedy movie of the past few years. Finally, a genre picture knowingly and joyfully both eschews and embraces cliché, exploring relationships through the prisms of reality and movie magic, friends and sex, business and pleasure, and life and...
Summary: The chemistry between Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake, and the excellent contributions by the supporting cast, make for an enjoyable, if not entirely memorable, redo of the equally forgettable "No Strings Attached".
Excerpt: It’s no secret that in real life those wild, passionate, romantic relationships you see in movies never work out in the long run. The marriages most likely to stay together are the ones built on friendship.