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Friends With Benefits
Written by Sandra Fitzpatrick   
Tuesday, 26 July 2011 09:10

Friends With BenefitsI seem to be experiencing a serious case of déjà vu! Rental shelf rigor mortis has barely set in for No Strings Attached, the Nathalie Portman / Ashton Kutcher comedy from last winter that featured the two as buddies in a strictly sexual relationship. Friends With Benefits pairs up Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake to do the sheet-tangle tango, hoping that viewing audiences won’t notice the repeating story lines!

The similarities are endless, not to mention the star connections! Kunis has made out with both Kutcher (That 70’s Show) AND Portman (Black Swan) and Timberlake has already been Punk’d by Kutcher! Talk about your “six-degrees of separation”! All comparisons aside, let’s just figure out if the latest version is worth your bucks.

Gun and gamesDylan (Timberlake) is an art director who heads to New York City for a major interview with GQ magazine. Jamie (Kunis) is the quirky and perky headhunter trying to recruit him. She takes him for a night on the town to show him what she loves about NYC, and the two hit it off and become pals. When they realize that they’ve had the same bad luck at relationships, they figure why not just be “friends with benefits” to eliminate the mess of a broken heart. Sex without strings sounds like a great idea, but of course it’s never that easy.

Who wouldn't want to kiss these faces?Although it follows predictable romantic comedy formula, Friends With Benefits has a sharp, clever script and was funny enough to keep me laughing the whole time. The sex scenes are alternately hot, hilarious and eerily insightful! One of the sex scenes is easily the funniest I’ve ever seen and had me in stitches. Justin Timberlake has a great sense of comedy and isn’t afraid to be a goofball, while Mila Kunis is both strikingly pretty and hilarious. One of those girls that other girls want to hate but can’t because she’s so likeable. She’s great at comedy, but has proven acting chops after that performance in Black Swan.

Friends With Benefits is the perfect date movie since guys will find it just as funny as the girls.

Directed by Will Gluck, Starring Justin Timberlake, Mila Kunis.

Friends With Benefits was in production at the same time as No Strings Attached and was fast-tracked in a race to use the film title.