Friends with Benefits

Friends with Benefits

3.4 156 Ratings

Directed by : Will Gluck

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  • Critics Rating 2.8/5
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A young female headhunter in New York convinces a potential recruit to leave his job in San Francisco behind and accept a job in the big apple. Despite an attraction to each other, both realize they're everything they've been running from in a relationship and decide to become friends....with benefits. It's the perfect arra...more


“Side-splitting jokes, Mila Kunis’ brilliant performance and the excellent chemistry between the leads compensate for an exhausted storyline. Overall, Friends with Benefits turns out to be a fairly engaging rom-com!”

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"Friends With Benefits" is a clear mish-mash of all that is old school romantic comedy with modern day twists. But I guess most romantic comedies were twists in their time.

The first 20 minutes of the film are a sleep walk in screenwriting 101. Boy meets girl - girl meets boy - they become friends - a relationship blossoms; blah blah blah! But once you get past the "blah", the film throws up some truly funny and charming moments. The writing here is top notch and some of the jokes very nouveau; especially the Hollywood insider jokes on George Clooney and Jenna Elfman. But alas the last 20 minutes go back to the formula and ruin it.

Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis have a good chemistry and look cute on screen. Timberlake has already proved his comic potential before but Kunis is turning out to be quite the comedienne after "Forgetting Sarah Marshall". However Woody Harrelson walks away with the most laughs as a seriously "straight" gay guy. The rest of the cast works well.

First time director Will Gluck uses quite a few textbook fancy shots but the overall pace of the film follows a mellow mode. The closing credits of the film are fun and really work as the high point of the film.

Do I recommend it? Like I have said before, it will not warm the cockles of your heart but will give you a few good laughs. In the world of 3-D flicks, good rom-coms is a dying race.