you have seen this
movie before. This was the same premise as No Strings Attached
with Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher, which came out earlier this
year (and you should always be ashamed of yourself if you are copying
Ashton Kutcher). It even was an episode of Seinfeld,
so why would you waste your money now?
Justin Timberlake stars as Dylan - a talented art director recruited to
work for a major magazine's website by headhunter Jamie (Mila Kunis).
During the process, the two hit it off like long lost pals, and form a
friendship. However, they are both super hot and super horny, so Dylan
and Jamie decide, against all evidence to the contrary, they can have a
physical-only relationship when the mood strikes, and never worry about
real emotions and feelings.
How long until Dylan
and Jamie realize they are falling in love?
Don't be screaming about how I tossed out a spoiler there! You knew
where this movie was going from the first moment you saw a commercial
or read the first line of the plot summary. Sadly, Friends
Benefits doesn't throw out
enough surprises to make up for the
Timberlake and Kunis try their best to make up for the lack of
material, and show they are much better than the words on the pages of
the script. The two have fantastic chemistry and know how to play off
each other's tones and reactions to keep us sporadically entertained
and mildly interested in what might happen to the characters. However,
it's not enough to make Friends
With Benefits worth rushing out
Director Will Gluck doesn't get much of a story to tell from the three
person writing team (although, he is a credited co-writer, so I guess
he should take some of the blame). Gluck seems content to float from
moment to moment instead of building up some details and plot twists.
Even the limited number of big changes, added subplots and shocking
revelations feel forced. Friends
With Benefits comes off more
like a series of scenes, some funny and some not, rather than being a
well rounded and well told movie.
Benefits will make you laugh a
few times, but, for a movie that enjoys mocking the cliches, it is
brought down by
those same cliches.
And, for those who care, you see Timberlake's butt, and some body
double's butt standing in for Kunis (don't ever accuse me of avoiding
the information you really want).
With Benefits is rated R for sexual content and lanuguage.