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September 23, 2011
Friends with Benefits (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo)

Friends with Benefits (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo)

Friends with Benefits (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo)

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Friends with Benefits (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo)

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At a time when mainstream comedy has been overtaken by rambling, pleasingly sloppy Judd Apatow-type improv-fests, director Will Gluck has been quietly doing his part to remind folks that sticking to the script and having a destination in mind can be fun, too. Much like his earlier Easy A, Friends with Benefits is a clever, just-this-side-of-painfully-hip relationship comedy that knows when to linger over a punch line and when not to break stride. A few minor speed bumps aside (filmmakers: can we can it with the musical montages, already?), it goes down extremely easy. The story in a nutshell: frustrated by the lack of viable dating options in their vicinity, two platonic friends (Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake) decide to embark on a casual, no-strings-attached physical relationship. However, as a briefly glimpsed clip from Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice foreshadows, things don’t stay simple for very long. As opposed to the standard PG-13 rom com, things get surprisingly raunchy here, but organically so, with the slight snafus and briefly major embarrassments that should ring true to most relationship veterans. As in Easy A, Gluck has assembled a fantastically game supporting cast, including Woody Harrelson, Jenna Elfman, and especially the great Richard Jenkins and Patricia Clarkson as two vastly different parental figures, but it’s really the two leads’ show. Whether arguing the virtues of the band Kriss Kross or engaging in activities unprintable on an all-ages website, Timberlake and Kunis display the snappy back-and-forth of a classic cinematic coupling. When they’re cooking, you don’t want to be anywhere else. –Andrew Wright

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful.

5YA, YOU KNOW IT…

By Michael Ledo

Both Timberlake and Kunis have recently broken up with their partner. Kunis plays a recruiter for GQ magazine, and Timberlake is someone she “stalked” to head up their Art department. Timberlake’s ex-gf is Emma Stone. What is interesting is that Kunis’ character is the laid back type of person we would expect Emma Stone to play, while Stone (what little we see of her) plays an emotional character we would expect Kunis to play. I don’t know if the producers did this by design, or they just lucked into it, but knowing this made the movie funny on a different level. Kunis is savvy enough to realize she has been ruined by romantic movies as she awaits her Prince to sweep her off her feet. You know at the end of the movie, come running to her as she is about to leave, and pour his heart out to her.

Kunis gives Timberlake a fast paced tour of NY, perhaps one of the best sells for Manhattan I have seen in a long time. The movie verbally condemns Hollywood’s romantic comedies while ironically creating one identical to it. With some quick character build up, the film goes to a scene where Timberlake and Kunis decide that they will have sex without the emotional baggage while swearing on a Bible app. No complications, just sex. Guess how that turns out?

Woody Harrelson plays a gay sports editor who is not shy about being gay. Woody gives Timberlake love advice, “It’s not who you want to spend Friday night with, but who you want to spend all day Saturday with.”

The sex scenes between Kunis and Timberlake are more comical than romantic. Timberlake likes to keep his socks on and sneezes after an orgasm, and Kunis is a screamer. Patricia Clarkson plays Kunis’ super hip mother, who has never really told her daughter who her father was. In her first few minutes he was Greek, Puerto Rican, or Russian…she is sure he was Eurasian.

The dialoge is fast and witty. Kunis did a background check on a guy she dated.

Timberlake responds: “Did you do a background check on me?”

Kunis:”How could you possibly max out an Old Navy card?”

Timberlake: “I was just out of college and really into cargo pants.”

In spite of the adult themes, the movie has a lighthearted chick flick Disney quality to it. The acting was good. The movie was very clever. If you liked “No Strings Attached” you might find this one on par or slightly better.

F-bomb,sex, brief nudity, deals with Alzheimer’s. 5 star chick flick

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful.

5Brilliant Acting; Very Funny!

By S. Robison

For me, the track record of the 2011 comedy releases did not seem great, so I was a bit nervous about watching this movie. That being said, I was completely wrong and surprised by this film. Starring Justin Timberlake, Mila Kunis, and Woody Harrelson, “Friends With Benefits” is, well, exactly about what it sounds. Timberlake, upon moving to New York to take a new job, has as his only friend Kunis, who lured him to New York for the job to begin with. As the two develop as friends, so does their relationship develop. While the ending may be predictable, the storyline of the friendship, a character with Alzheimer’s, and the “realness” of the film lend reality to comedy.

ACTING: A

Justin Timberlake, Mila Kunis, and Woody Harrelson all shine in this film, with Timberlake and Kunis taking charge of the lead roles and producing a sense of positive interaction and giving believability to the plot and the humor. Harrelson, as a side character (Timberlake’s gay co-worker/friend), is flamboyantly gay and unafraid to show it: creating many entertaining moments in his own right.

PLOT: B+

Sure, the plot is believable. Most plots of romantic comedies are. This film, for me, was different in that it was also about Timberlake’s film-dad suffering from Alzheimers, about Kunis’ mommy-issues, and about the development of the characters as adults. This is far from a rote comedy along the lines of every other script, making it enjoyable!

COMEDY: A

At points, I couldn’t stop laughing, particularly in the interaction in the bedroom between Kunis and Timberlake as well as due to Harrelson’s character. To be sure, the humor is crude and sexual most of the time, but you could probably guess that from the title.

FINAL REVIEW: BUY IT

This film is definitely one to purchase. I will be doing so as soon as it leaves theaters. It was more than a romantic comedy, for me, just as it was more than a raunchy, sexual comedy. If you like Kunis and Timberlake, they are at the top of their games in this film. Don’t hesitate to buy, but be aware that it is a very sexual movie!

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful.

5Surprisingly Good. Restores Faith in Romantic Comedies

By Danusha Goska

“Friends with Benefits” has a lightning fast, very smart script, it moves like a limousine, and it features another stunningly moving character turn by Richard Jenkins. It’s good enough that it revives hope for that troubled genre, the Romantic Comedy. It’s worth seeing, more than once.

“Friends with Benefits” surprised me. I don’t understand why Justin Timberlake is famous – what is remarkable about him, really? – and Mila Kunis does nothing for me. We live in the age of decline of the Romantic Comedy. “Friends with Benefits” was not the forgettable, rote, mass-produced studio product I expected. It was actually really good.

“Friends with Benefits” began really fast, and I found myself bobbing along on the script’s energy. I noticed how much I was enjoying it and I kept waiting for the film to drop the ball, to let me down, to betray itself, to fall into predictable clichéd traps. That didn’t happen for quite a while, and the film’s failings were slow in coming, minor, and didn’t ruin the film.

What “Friends with Benefits” does right it does very, very right. The script is amazing. There are jokes that you’d need some literacy and maturity to understand. They fly right by, no pause for the viewer to laugh, or to google the references, before the next one-liner or trenchant observation rolls down the chute. Our culture has been so dumbed down that hearing a joke that one would have to have some knowledge of history or culture or even just the front page of the newspaper to understand amazed and gratified me.

The movie’s strong point is that it is so fast; that’s also a bit of a weak point. Legendary director Frank Capra said that “sometimes your story has to stop and you just let your audience look at your people. You want your audience to like them…these scenes are quite important to a film. When the audience rests and they look at the people, they begin to smile.” “Friends with Benefits” is so frenetic, it never creates a memorable screen moment where Dylan (Justin Timberlake) and Jamie (Mila Kunis) do nothing but look movie-star lovely and get under our skin.

Richard Jenkins works some powerful mojo. He’s a character actor, older, bland-looking and bald, but in every movie I’ve seen him in lately, especially so in “Eat Pray Love,” he seems to be visiting from a different, better movie, and I want, after the movie I’m watching is over, to watch the superior film from which Jenkins has visited. In “Friends with Benefits” Jenkins plays Dylan’s father who is suffering the early stages of Alzheimer’s. He is funny, profound, arresting and truly lovable. What is Jenkins doing? Whatever it is, more actors should do it.

Jenna Elfman, Patricia Clarkson, Woody Harrelson, Nolan Gould and Masi Oka are all very, very good in supporting roles. Clarkson, as Jamie’s mother, delivers a liner about Jamie’s father that made me laugh out loud.

On the surface, “Friends with Benefits” looks like too many other, lesser movies. It’s not. It’s a really good, worthwhile film.

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