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Movie Review: Friends With Benefits August 6, 2011

Posted by shwaldman in Movies, Society.
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Netflix Synopsis: This raucous rom-com chronicles the relationship of two busy singles, Dylan (Justin Timberlake) and Jamie (Mila Kunis), who agree to include sex in their friendship — minus the emotions and commitment. But things get complicated when Dylan (inevitably?) falls for his gal pal. Patricia Clarkson co-stars as Jaime’s hip mom and Woody Harrelson plays Dylan’s practical confidante, who advises him to man up when he pursues the newly dating Jamie.

This is Timberlake’s second movie release for the summer. Do you think he is making more money on movies than music? Dancing, Music and Movies, he is the ultimate triple threat. I liked him in this movie so much more than Bad Teacher. And while I never got into “That 70s Show”, Mila Kunis is excellent in this. Combined, Kunis and Timberlake have perfect chemistry and was perfect casting.

There is really not much to say more about this movie. It was a very current, fresh layout of a good movie. Unfortunately, that might make it a bit of a cult classic over time since it won’t be long before flash mobs, iPhones and everything else is antiquated and things of the past. Go see it before you forgot what life is like now.

By the way, a late summer show for NBC is a show of the same name. It has a similar premise, but with five main characters, it is more like “Friends… with Benefits”. It is still early and I have only seen the Pilot and Episode 1, so it is hard to give a rating. The characters need a bit more development and depth. It definitely feels like this show was rushed into production and there is not a lot of forethought. My guess is that it will not last very long.

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