Monday, September 12, 2011

Movie Review: Friends with Benefits

Dylan(Justin Timberlake) arrives in NY for a job interview at GQ. The interview is organized by Jamie(Mila Kunis) who is a headhunter. After Dylan gets the job offer, he is unsure as he has to relocate. In order to raise his comfort factor, Jamie takes him on a whirlwind tour of the city during the night. At the end of the tour, Dylan accepts the offer and soon moves to NY.

For Dylan, Jamie is the only friend in the new city. As a result, they spent time together and becoming good friends. One night, while watching a show on TV, Dylan and Jamie talk about relationships and bring up the subject of sex. They both love to have sex sans the emotional attachment. At the end of the conversation, both of them agree to be "friends-with-benefits". But what starts off as a casual relationship has an impact on their lives.

Will Gluck directs this lackluster comedy. The movie offers nothing new and contains all the tried-and-tested formula of a romantic comedy. Mila Kunis with her spirited performance stands out. There is a whole lot of secondary characters like Patricia Clarkson and Woody Harrelson who have funny lines but nothing new to contribute to the movie. The only memorable characters are Dylan's family consisting of his sister and father played sensitively by Jenna Elfman and Richard Jenkins respectively. As the theme is "friends-with-benefits", there is a lot of skin show bordering on nudity.

Skip it unless you want to watch Justin Timberlake's butt.

Language: English

Genre: Comedy

4 comments:

  1. I was thinking about watching this one... By thanks for the review... I wouldn't watch it now ;)

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  2. @Madhulika - You are not missing anything by giving this a skip

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  3. Good you posted on this, my 16 year old wanted to see it with friends. No way I'm going to give her permission for this.

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  4. @Aparna - I'm so glad to see you over here after a very loooooonnnnnng time. Glad I could help. If you are worried about nudity, all those scenes will be butchered by our desi censors. But if you are worried about the content, you are right on point.

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