Saturday, 5 January 2013

FILM: Friends With Benefits (7/10)

Why did I watch it? 
Mila Kunis. It looked like a reasonable rom-com with more untraditional leanings. Mila Kunis in pants.

What's it all about?
Dylan (Justin Timberlake) moves to New York after being head-hunted by Jamie (Mila Kunis). The pair become friends and having both had relationship problems in the past decide they can become 'friends with benefits' in order to satisfy their needs without affecting their friendship.

Should you watch it?
Having read the plot outline above, it will probably be pretty obvious to all how the story ends and unsurprisingly Friends With Benefits stays true to expectations. That said, what happens prior is largely enjoyable thanks to a strong script, energetic performances from the leads and fantastic chemistry between Timberlake and Kunis. Woody Harrelson turns up as a gay sports editor to some amusement. I did get a little frustrated at how flippant and cocky the pair are in assuming that their friendship will be unaffected, especially when as a viewer you know what's around the corner, perhaps that's the whole rub of the film though I guess.

The writers try unashamedly hard to pitch their characters as the coolest inner city hipsters, Jamie from N.Y. and Dylan from L.A, listening to Semisonic, with flash mob contacts and friends with street artists. As the pair make fun of romantic film stereotypes, the writers just about avoid falling into the traps they mock.

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