Sunday, July 31, 2011

Movie Review: Friends with Benefits

Friends with Benefits:
Rated: R
Run Time: 109 mins
What it is about:
Dylan (Justin Timberlake) is a blog Art Director who is recruited by GQ, Jamie is the headhunter (Mila Kunis) a headhunter and is responsible for getting Dylan to accept the position. After a night on the town with Jamie Dylan decided to accept the position and uproot his life in LA to move to NYC; upon his arrival Jamie and Dylan’s friendship blossoms. After a string of bad dates and relationships the two decide that they can have no emotions attached sex and remain friends, no complications, but of course there are never “no complications” when sex is thrown in the mix.  
What I thought about the movie:
This movie is hilarious! I laughed more in the first 15 minutes of this movie then I have the entire length of all the comedies I have seen in recent memories with the exception of “Bridesmaids”. Mila Kunis was perfect in this role; I cannot see anyone else playing this part. Justin Timberlake is also great in his role, but Kunis really stood out to me. Woody Harrelson plays Tommy, the very out and proud sports editor at GQ and in typical Harrelson fashion he was totally a scene stealer. You will see a lot of great cameos in this movie by heavy hitting comedians. You will laugh pretty much from beginning to the end, although, it does get somewhat heavier during the trip to LA, but even the heavier parts still have comedy. What I think makes this movie even funnier is I can totally see some of this stuff really happening in real life. Also, the movie does not take itself too seriously, even going so far as to blatantly poking fun of the romantic comedy genre which it is so clearly a part of. I think even men will enjoy this movie.
Go see it! At least check it out matinee prices and if you don’t want to pay even that much, put it on your must rent list! I am on a movie buying ban but I may even buy this movie when it comes out on DVD, that’s how much I liked it.

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