Friends with Benefits – Film Review

This is one of those romantic comedies that was never going to be amazing and had a decent chance of being pretty bad. Thankfully though, it isn’t that bad. Yes it’s not amazing, but hey, who expected it to be?

The story sees Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis meet in New York when she recruits him for a new job. They soon become attracted to each other but, not wanting a relationship, decide to start sleeping with each other whilst staying friends. Now, obviously, feelings get in the way and they end up falling for each other but of course, there’s complications along the way. It’s a standard romance film story modernised by the addition of them being friends with benefits, something I assume wasn’t really present a lot of years ago. (But who knows?!).

Timberlake and Kunis are both very likable as the would-be lovers. They’re both energetic (in more ways than one, if you know what I mean…) and really fun to watch (not what I mean…). The rest of the cast are good but fairly forgettable, the main focus is (naturally) on the main two. Their chemistry is very good and it makes their scenes together very enjoyable. There’s some quick dialogue and some good personal stories for each of them as well as their shared relationship drama.

The film is quite predictable. You know what’s going to go down and you know how things are going to end up. That’s not the main draw of the film. The main draw is seeing two funny, attractive people come together and begin a relationship with many ups and downs. And for what it is, it’s fun.

Yes it isn’t the best or most revolutionary romantic comedy ever. But no it isn’t terrible. It’s funny, it’s got a little romance and it’s got some heart in its story. And that’s what counts in my opinion. After all, how could you not like a fun film?

JACK’S SCORE: 3/5

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