Movie Review: Friends With Benefits (2011)

Someone should come up with the Hollywood Book of Wisdom and include this item: "If two friends think they can have casual sex and keep things simple, they are absolutely wrong." We've seen this at work this year in "No Strings Attached" and now in Friends With Benefits.

The premise is pretty straight-forward: The story follows Dylan (Justin Timberlake) and Jamie (Mila Kunis) when they decide it would be a good idea to be "friends with benefits" (a.k.a "f*ck buddies). When both of them realize that they're slowly blurring the lines between casual sex and authentic romance, they take a step back and reevaluate their lives together.

The movie works for me because of three things: (1) the undeniable chemistry between the two leads, (2) great references to rom-com cliches, and (3) superb supporting roles (Jenna Elfman, Patricia Clarkson, and Richard Jenkins) and cameo appearances. Nevermind that things get a  little dull when the main conflict between Dylan and Jamie arises-- the payoff was great.

Friends With Benefits would be a great date movie for the twenty-something crowd. It's sexy, funny, and mushy in the right places.

Rating: 4/5