Directed by: Will Gluck
Starring: Justin Timberlake, Mila Kunis
Sassi’s Star Rating: Rating 3/5
In an attempt to avoid the trap of failed romances, Jamie (Kunis) and Dylan (Timberlake) decide that like tennis, sex should be a game played between friends, without any unnecessary complicationsâ€”such as a relationship.Â At first, this works well, and when they do feel ready to join the dating game again, they manage to remain as friends. But, when once again they find each other after another round of failed relationships, they begin to question the longevity of their set-up.
It is hard to talk about Friends with Benefits without drawing the obvious comparisons between this film and No Strings Attached. It seems that the latest rom-com topic to be in vogue is this notion of sex buddies. While the films are quite similar in many regards, Friends with Benefits seems to have clearly directed itself towards a strictly Gen Y audience, with cultural referencing, quick cuts and slick gadgetry proving a theme.
The film succeeds in having some genuinely funny moments, and the lead actors are both attractive and self-deprecating in fair measure. Kunis is simply stunning, and perfectly cast as the feisty Jamie, while Timberlake suffices as Dylan but is yet to convince me of his acting chops. Bit parts by Emma Stone, Patricia Clarkson and Jenna Elfman are also well placed, and show that clever screenwriting is at the heart of this fun, flirty story.
Popcorn at hand and a huge group of girls are all you need to have fun with this film.
Friends with Benefits in cinemas now.
Category: Film & TV