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Both Timberlake and Kunis have recently broken up with their partner. Kunis plays a recruiter for GQ magazine, and Timberlake is someone she "stalked" to head up their Art department. Timberlake's ex-gf is Emma Stone. What is interesting is that Kunis' character is the laid back type of person we would expect Emma Stone to play, while Stone (what little we see of her) plays an emotional character we would expect Kunis to play. I don't know if the producers did this by design, or they just lucked into it, but knowing this made the movie funny on a different level. Kunis is savvy enough to realize she has been ruined by romantic movies as she awaits her Prince to sweep her off her feet. You know at the end of the movie, come running to her as she is about to leave, and pour his heart out to her.

Kunis gives Timberlake a fast paced tour of NY, perhaps one of the best sells for Manhattan I have seen in a long time. The movie verbally condemns Hollywood's romantic comedies while ironically creating one identical to it. With some quick character build up, the film goes to a scene where Timberlake and Kunis decide that they will have sex without the emotional baggage while swearing on a Bible app. No complications, just sex. Guess how that turns out?

Woody Harrelson plays a gay sports editor who is not shy about being gay. Woody gives Timberlake love advice, "It's not who you want to spend Friday night with, but who you want to spend all day Saturday with."

The sex scenes between Kunis and Timberlake are more comical than romantic. Timberlake likes to keep his socks on and sneezes after an orgasm, and Kunis is a screamer. Patricia Clarkson plays Kunis' super hip mother, who has never really told her daughter who her father was. In her first few minutes he was Greek, Puerto Rican, or Russian...she is sure he was Eurasian.

The dialogue is fast and witty. Kunis did a background check on a guy she dated.

Timberlake responds: "Did you do a background check on me?"

Kunis:"How could you possibly max out an Old Navy card?"

Timberlake: "I was just out of college and really into cargo pants."

In spite of the adult themes, the movie has a lighthearted chick flick Disney quality to it. The acting was good. The movie was very clever. If you liked "No Strings Attached" you might find this one on par or slightly better.

F-bomb,sex, brief nudity, deals with Alzheimer's. 5 star chick flick
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on March 21, 2013
When I saw this movie advertised I thought it was going to be cheesy, dirty, and like all the others. It so was not! Yes, it has a lot of naughty in it, but actually it's hilarious! Justin and Mila work so well together, it isn't hard to believe their relationship. Every time I see it, I laugh. It's definitely one of the best romantic comedies that has come out lately, and one of my all time favorites.
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Yes, this is a rom-com but not your typical one. It has quick-witted snappy dialogue you can imagine you and your friends would actually say and not just a series of "oh, aren't we clever" one-liners. In other words, it takes place in an adult world where people have actual lives (and jobs!) and have actual conversations between all the sex.

The chemistry between Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake is perfect. The story also makes sense especially when you get the full picture of their family backgrounds. The supporting cast could have been gratuitous but isn't and Woody Harrelson steals the show as a foulmouthed gay sports editor at GQ. Richard "No Pants" Jenkins takes another turn as one of the most underrated actors around as Timberman's Alzheimery dad. Dharma Elfman plays Justin's sis. Kunis's mom is played by the always terrific Patricia Clarkson who nails the hippy dippy mom role to a tie-dye T. Gratuitous Emma Stone is classic in her lone scene. Gratuitous Andy Samberg as well in this.

The extras are nothing to write home about but the movie stands well enough on its own to be worthy of viewing. Plus I have two words that send this movie over the top: flash mob. Watch and you'll see what I mean.
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on June 2, 2012
I've seen various comedies over the last few months and most were disasterous. This one however is smart, clever and FUNNY! Notice how I used the word FUNNY as in a comedy. It's quite rare these days to associate funny with a comedy movie. It also has heart and emotion, which is a must in a true comedy. The characters are likeable and fun to watch. I typically don't like Justin Timberlake, but we was great in this. Highly recommended!
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on March 19, 2015
Great movie!!! It's fun!
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on March 13, 2014
This film comes just a few months after ''No Strings Attached'' with Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher. The subject is very familiar but much more interresting and entertaining. This is what we are looking for. Justin Timberlake & Mila Kunis have such a chemistry, you want to see them together in this film. The supporting cast is also very good with Patricia Clarkson, Jenna Elfman, Bryan Greenberg but it's Richard Jenkins that really shines as the father of Justin Timberlake who's affect by Alzheimer's disease and it is really the dramatic turn in this movie. Really, Jenkins is playing every films like he's worthy of an oscar and this one is no different. I buy it at a good price and you should really give it a try as it is a strong movie !!
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on March 12, 2015
Love this movie <3
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on May 30, 2015
good comedy
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on November 1, 2015
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on November 20, 2012
Two friends (Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis), who have each just been dumped, decide to enter a sexual relationship together with no strings attached. Of course things quickly become much more complicated and their friendship is put to the test.

While the premise of the film is as old as the hills (who could forget Jerry and Elaine attempting the very same thing?), the two likable leads are able to carry the film for the most part and spout some pretty raunchy one-liners that provide a few solid laughs. Anyone who has watched Timberlake’s SNL appearances knows that he has great comedic timing and I find Kunis pretty funny and likable in anything she does. Adding to the fun of the film is a good supporting cast and some celeb cameos as well. Woody Harrelson stands out in his role as JT’s over-the-top gay co-worker.

Friends with Benefits features great video & audio quality and the typical assortment of romantic comedy special features. Included are an audio commentary with writer/director Will Gluck and actors Timberlake and Kunis, a pop-up trivia track, deleted scenes (9 min), blooper reel (7 min), and two behind-the-scenes featurettes (totaling about 12 min).

While the movie does have a fun vibe, it doesn’t really offer up anything new in the romantic comedy department. Timberlake and Kunis are both sexy and funny and share a believable chemistry together. There are also some funny bits throughout. Fans of the genre or of the film’s two talented leads will probably want to pick this one up for their collections, and for everyone else, it would make for a fun rental.
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