I think I am going to be in a minority here when I say that Friends With Benefits is, without a doubt, the most predictable, clichéd ridden romantic comedy (he says still looking for the comedy part) I have had the misfortune to sit through. I hated it!
Dylan (Justin Timberlake) is a web designer who is head hunted by Jamie (Mila Kunis) and woos him from LA to work for GQ in New York. Not knowing anyone, Jamie takes him under her wing and shows him the sights, the lifestyles and soon the pair become friends. Only problem is, they both are missing something in their lives…sex. Both have been hurt in relationships and so they decide that to get the satisfaction they need, they should become bed buddies, with no emotional involvement. Of course this starts out as a good idea but soon they find that emotions will always get in teh way.
Okay. I should quantify why I hated it so much. It’s very simple. This is Hollywood film making at its laziest. We have been here so many times before you don’t have to be a brain surgeon to know what is going to happen. And so it runs outs of steam 30 minutes into it, and so we are left with a film desperate for a plot, so what do we do? We bring in the underrated character actor Richard Jenkins and give him another damaged part.
Timberlake and Kunis are both eye candy. With their perfect bodies (which we see a lot of) and their perfect lives (expensive apartments that you genuinely wonder if anyone really lives in), it would be wonderful to see a rom com where the leads aren’t so ‘perfect’.
Throw into the mix Patricia Clarkson as Kunis’s hippy mother (a role she has played so many times before), Jenna Elfman as Timberlake’s caring sister and Woody Harrelson as the ‘gay’ sports editor (see the joke there?).
Add a script that has dialogue that you would never hear people say, add some pop culture and a gentle ‘poke’ at the predictability of romantic comedies, even though it’s more predictable than most. Oh and don’t forget the ‘hip’ soundtrack that is played throughout and you are bored within minutes. Seriously, if i knew I didn’t have to review this, I would have been out the door way before the credits rolled.
If you saw the earlier No Strings Attached with Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher, then trust me when I say that you have seen this. it is exactly the same film.
As for humour? One moment in a film that lasts nearly two hours does not make a comedy!
Looking through some of the reviews that are already out there, I do question if I was shown the same film. But I am sick and tired of sitting through films like this and it makes me so angry to think that there are loads of talented film makers and writers who don’t get their work shown and yet, this tripe gets a massive release.
This has definitely made my bottom ten for this year.