258. Friends With Benefits (2011)

6.4 Cheesy and clichéd
  • Acting 6.2
  • Directing 6.6
  • Story 6.4
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Starring: Mila Kunis, Justin Timberlake, Patricia Clarkson

Director: Will Gluck

Running Time: 109 mins

Friends With Benefits is an American film about two friends who, while trying to avoid a clichéd, Hollywood relationship, agree to not fall into a love-related relationship, just for sex, however some things don’t go completely to plan.

This has to be the most hypocritical film I have ever seen, as the whole second half of the film was the exact thing that the main characters were trying to avoid. Whether that was on purpose or not, I’m still not sure, but if so, that idea wasn’t presented very well.

The whole first half of the film was great to watch, it was very funny, with a little bit of a good story in it, but mostly, it had some very good and farcical comedy in it that was very enjoyable to watch.

However, once the film starts to develop the story, it just turns bad. The film moves away from the comedic atmosphere it had set up in the first half, to a deeper, more romantic story, which was just tedious to watch, and to go with that, there were very few jokes too to make it any more interesting.

Overall, I’ll give this a 6.4, because although it was initially promising, and very funny, it eventually descended into the exact cliché that everyone in this film was originally taking the mick out of.


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