Movie Review: Friends With Benefits

In Uncategorized on August 6, 2011 at 2:13 am

This movie proved two things to me. First, a good, enjoyable adult comedy can still be made without drinking and drug references every 2 seconds. Second, Justin Timberlake is no longer “that musician guy that acts”, but is a truly gifted actor.

While Timberlake and Kunis are the headlining stars of the film, the movie is powered by an outstanding secondary cast. From the opening scene hilarity of Emma Stone dumping Timberlake (don’t worry, not really giving anything away there) to the poignant performance of Richard Jenkins as Timberlake’s father (saying anymore would be giving too much away), the movie is driven by the little breaks from Timberlake and Kunis together. The best of the second billed characters is with out question Woody Harelson. As the gay sports editor of GQ, he has the best off the cuff one liners in the entire film and will leave you crying from laughing so much.

But the main two in the film, Timberlake and Kunis, are really what makes this movie so fun to watch. From the first time they are together onscreen, it is instant chemistry. I never had seen Mila Kunis in anything I enjoyed (could not stand That 70s show) but I was impressed by her ability to both play the comedic and the dramatic. Timberlake, coming off his scene stealing performance in The Social Network, shines with the raunchy material he is given. And make no mistake about it, this is a RAUNCHY movie. While you get mostly TV grade nudity, you get XXX grade dialog and descriptions of what is going on, most of the time with hysterical results.

If anything did not work for me, it was Patricia Clarkson as Kunis’s mother. The character seemed like a last minute addition to the script as someone to give Kunis some type of direction. This role would have been filled much better by a younger actress as her sister or best friend. Even as raunchy as this movie was, there was an uncomfortableness watching a mother and daughter onscreen the way there scenes were written.

Overall, for me, this is the funniest movie to come out of Hollywood since Wedding Crashers, and is well worth the watch.

4 out of 5 stars


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