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Dylan and Jamie think it's going to be easy to add the simple act of sex to their friendship, despite what Hollywood romantic comedies would have them believe. They soon discover however that getting physical really does always lead to complications.
Comedy - This is a raunchy romantic comedy aimed at a young adult audience.
Constant sex and sex talk make this film inappropriate for children.
Fans of leads Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis will enjoy this big
showcase for them.
PROFANITY: 27 F-words, 28 S-words, 3 GD's, many others. SEX/NUDITY: Lots of sex with related nudity. VIOLENCE: None. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Frequent alcohol. ACTION: None. COMEDY: Constant sex humor; some gay humor.
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Good Friends with Benefits is unchallenging but easy to like. There's not enough here to capture the interest of those indifferent to romantic comedies, but fans - even of the casual variety - will find this to be a pleasant mid-summer diversion.
Roger EbertFull Review Good I enjoyed the movie. I appreciated the 1940s period settings and costumes, which were a break with the usual generic cityscapes.
USA TodayFull Review Above Average Friends With Benefits is quite good — especially as it skewers rom-com clichés. And Timberlake and Kunis definitely bring sexy back to a tired formula.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 51 moviegoers:
TEENS:They all loved "Friends with Benefits."
TWENTYSOMETHINGS:GREAT REVIEWS from both the males and females. Most loved it and no one disliked it.
ADULTS:About three-quarters of the males and females enjoyed "Friends with Benefits," very much with close to half loving it. A few males and females rated it a bit low. This may have been due in part to the rather strong sexual content.
Dylan (JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE) and Jamie (MILA KUNIS) certainly aren't in a
settling-down frame of mind. When New York-based executive recruiter Jamie
trains her considerable headhunting skills on luring hotshot LA-based art
director Dylan to take a dream job in the Big Apple, they quickly realize what
kindred spirits they are. They've each been through so many failed relationships
that they're both ready to give up on love and focus on having fun.
So when Dylan relocates to New York and the pair start hanging out regularly,
they share plenty of laughs over a twin belief that love is a myth propagated by
Hollywood movies. That's when these two begin a deliciously sexy, decidedly
Could these two fast friends - who are successful, unattached, and scornful of
commitment - explore new terrain?
If they add casual "no emotions" sex to their friendship, can they avoid all the
pitfalls that come with thinking about someone else as more than just a pal?
As two people weaned on the disappointing promises of romantic comedies, Dylan
and Jamie shouldn't be entirely surprised when their bold move becomes a bawdy,
sexy ride into uncharted territory, exposing much more of themselves than they
ever thought they'd get to see.