REVIEW: Friends with Benefits   Leave a comment

Okay, so you guess you’ve probably seen this film already earlier this year, only with Ashton Kutcher and Natalie Portman in it. I’m glad to say that you’re wrong. 🙂 However, this is not the refreshing and intelligently written film that makes it so memorable. It’s still one of those cliche and contrived rom-com films that has either worked or didn’t for the last few years.

Timberlake and Kunis play Jamie and Dylan, instant friends who decided to extend their friendship with benefits. That means sex here, there, and everywhere. Complications arise, and then boom, you know what’s gonna happen in the end.

Anyway, the script is bordering on hit-miss territory but I’m gonna be lenient and put it in the hit side. There are just too many quirky dialogue that you want to stop for a while and catch your breath before the characters move on to the next part. I love that there is some deeper story with regards to Timberlake’s character, but Kunin’s Jamie is just another one taken from the romcom cliche book. I didn’t like Woody Harrelson’s character as it failed to be the cool next door guy, and wasn’t given that much material to work with. Think of Kevin Bacon in Crazy Stupid Love.

Still, the whole movie is forgivable because of the oozing sexual chemistry of the two main leads. Timberlake finally has found the right vehicle for him as a leading man material. He also gets to display his great comedic timing in this film. Kunis is just oh so divine as Jamie. I’m really happy that she gets all this good roles for her because she plays them with so much sass and confidence that she totally nails it. Patricia Clarkson is the same old Clarkson we saw in Easy A, but there’s no reason to hate on her. I’ll also give props to the uncredited Jason Segel and Rashida Jones who were fabulous in their funny roles. Emma Stone and Andy Samberg were also comedic in their cameo roles as well. I loved seeing Nolan Gould as well!

I’d recommend it to you just because of the two leads. It pretty much gave what I expected, so no complaining here.

PS: Love the relevance of Semisonic’s Closing Time to the film! That’s like one of my favorite songs! Haha!

Grade: B

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Posted August 28, 2011 by Nicol Latayan in Films, Reviews

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