Friends with Benefits
The likeable leads' chemistry make a formulaic rom com work
By: Don Morton | Sep 29, 2011 | Issue: 914 | No Comments | 2,262 views

Title in Japan: Friends with Benefits
Director: Will Gluck
Starring: Justin Timberlake, Woody Harrelson, Mila Kunis
Year: 2011
Country: USA
Running Time: 109 min

As the title indicates, this is about a commitment-averse couple of best friends who agree to a relationship more commonly referred to with a term that ends in “-buddy.” Golly, you think they’ll fall in love before the end credits? It’s formulaic romantic comedy to a fault, but likeable leads Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis generate enough real chemistry to make it work. The dialogue is naughty without being lewd, as are the sex scenes, it makes fun of its own genre, and the filmmakers had the good sense to include Patricia Clarkson, Richard Jenkins and Woody Harrelson in the supporting cast.

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