Movie: Friends with benefits

By admin
06 September 2011

Romantic comedy.

With Justin Timberlake, Mila Kunis and Woody Harrelson.

Director: Will Gluck.


Opens 16 September.

Rating: 3/5

What’s it about?

Two beautiful playas decide to have a relationship built purely on sex, with no emotional involvement – causing great confusion.

Who will enjoy it?

Anyone who’s in love, engaged or available. Even readers who’ve given up on cliché-laden romantic comedies can safely fork out for a ticket because this romance kicks butt. It will get inside your head and may just make you feel like falling in love.

It shows a relationship can’t be built just on sex because then it’s just about pleasure-seeking and lacks meaning or depth. Love and sex have to be on the same page or you might as well leave it.

Add to this success formula cute Mila Kunis who relishes a chance to flex her comic muscle after the heavy drama of Black Swan.

And Justin Timberlake, who can seduce anything that moves, makes the sparks fly like fireworks on New Year’s Eve. And you’ll be texting the funny one-liners to your mates afterwards.

The characters have warmth and real personalities, the script is exciting and charming and the director – who also helmed the successful Easy A – has a cool, modern and original style. The 16 age restriction is for the explicit sex scenes.

Similar films

Easy A, Forgetting Sarah Marshall.

Popcorn facts

*Emma Stone, who starred in Easy A, makes a cameo appearance.

*Mila Kunis was born in Chernivtsi in the Ukraine and her parents are Russian. Her real name is Milena.

*Justin Timberlake was the first celeb to appear on Punk’d, Ashton Kutcher’s Candid Camera-type show in which practical jokes are played on celebrities.

*Stay put until the end of the credits to see clips of the cast cracking up during shooting.

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