“Whatever happens, we will just stay friends.”– Mila Kunis as Jamie
What’s good: The dirty humor is very funny.
What’s not good: Why did it get so serious in the end?
What happened: Why does love have to be so complicated? You meet what seems to be the right person only to find something wrong with them. Emotions can make things so difficult these days. Sometimes it would be nice to find someone who would give you everything you wanted without having to worry about their feelings. ‘Friends with Benefits’ explores what may happen when two friends try to have a relationship without falling in love.
Dylan (Justin Timberlake) runs a successful internet website in Los Angeles. He is funny, charming, and on his way up in the world. Dylan’s girlfriend Kayla (Emma Stone) is furious that he is late once again for their date. Their already shaky relationship is in trouble because she claims that Dylan is emotionally distant. Jamie (Mila Kunis) works in New York as a headhunter for a high level employment agency. She wishes her life would be just like the romantic movies she loves to watch. Her boyfriend Quincy (Andy Samberg) says that she is emotionally unstable. Jamie waits for him one night but he is nowhere to be found. What happens next proves her point that all men are the same.
Dylan’s work on his website is gaining massive exposure and Jamie’s company has taken notice. They fly him to New York for a potential job opportunity. Jamie’s wild nature takes Dylan by surprise when they first meet. It’s almost as if they are the odd couple. Dylan faces uprooting his whole life for the chance to make a name for himself. Jamie helps him make his decision in an unconventional way. They develop a really cool connection in a short amount of time. A simple conversation over beer and one of Jamie’s romance movies turns a good friendship into something more. Dylan and Jamie must figure out if they want to be ‘friends with benefits’ or become lovers.
The first half of ‘Friends with Benefits’ was really funny. The cursing and raunchy humor will make you laugh. There are plenty of jokes that poke fun at both men and women that all will enjoy. The relationship between Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis is believable which is essential to every love story. You will root for them to get together in the end despite the issues they face. Timberlake’s performance was the more memorable of the two. His comedic one-liners were pretty funny. Emma Stone as Dylan’s girlfriend was so good that you will wish she was in the movie more. The second half of the movie strangely turns serious. The issue with Dylan’s dad is no laughing matter. They try to make light of it but it is really not a funny subject. ‘Friends with Benefits’ becomes your basic formula love story when they inevitably begin to have real feelings for one another. All of the raunchy humor that made it fun to watch disappeared. Hopeless romantics will enjoy the end of the film as the couple struggles to figure it out. Woody Harrelson’s character was really not necessary to the story. Be prepared for lots of bare skin since there are so many bedroom scenes.
Bottom Line: ‘Friends with Benefits’ works as a romantic comedy that both men and women will enjoy.
Rating: R Run time 1 hour, 49 minutes
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‘Friends with Benefits’