Aug 24, 2011

Make friends with a modern rom-com

The dialogue could be bouncier, the plot a little sharper, but if you buy into the central relationship, Friends With Benefits plays unexpectedly well.

Luke Buckmaster — Writer, Critic and The Daily Review Journalist

Luke Buckmaster

Writer, Critic and The Daily Review Journalist

Director Will Gluck’s Friends With Benefits, starring Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis as two hanky-panky buddy protags, is a frothy old-skool-with-a-modern-twist rom-com that taps into a deep vein of Hollywood romance-making spanning Preston Sturges’s screwball heart slappers from the 1940s to Nora Ephron’s fatty-fried coms of the ’80s, ’90s and ’00s.

Two recently dumped middle/upper class NY Americans, Dylan (Timerlake) and Jamie (Kunis), decide they want s-x without complications and learn, of course, that s-x comes with complications. Dylan is an online entrepreneur head hunted and recruited by GQ Magazine; Jamie is the recruiter who gets a bonus from his addition to the payroll.

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