Friends With Benefits

Friends With Benefits

The relationship between two friends gets complicated when they decide to get romantic. 2.4 out of 5 based on 16 reviews
Friends With Benefits

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Certificate
Genre Comedy, Romance
Director Will Gluck
Cast Mila Kunis, Rashida Jones, Andy Samberg, Woody Harrelson Justin Timberlake
Studio Sony Pictures
Release Date September 2011
Running Time 109 mins
 

The relationship between two friends gets complicated when they decide to get romantic.

Reviews

The New York Times

Manohla Dargis

A breezy, speedy and (no kidding) funny comedy with a nicely matched Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis that is about love and sex in the age of social networking, gets some of its juice and tang partly by trash-talking its own genre ... the Scream of romantic comedies.

21/07/2011

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The Los Angeles Times

Betsy Sharkey

As Freud famously said — even romantic comedies need to take their sex seriously or there will be no satisfaction. Or maybe that was Jagger.

22/07/2011

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Channel 4 Film

Catherine Bray

This isn't a lazy rom-com, but does stray a little too far in the opposite direction, wandering into the territory of try-hard rom-com, and fulfilling a bunch of cliches while it's at it.

13/09/2011

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Empire Magazine

Anna Smith

This goes to great lengths to set itself up as an anti rom-com, a celebration of singledom — and then falls into exactly the same trap as the films it’s been mocking.

13/09/2011

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The Evening Standard

Charlotte O'Sullivan

In order to enjoy this film, you need to arrive late and leave early.

09/09/2011

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The Daily Telegraph

Sukhdev Sandhu

Gluck’s film is so anxious to distinguish itself from others in the genre...that it goes out of its way to pile on the references to apps, Amazon, Milfs, Hogwarts, mobile-phone contacts, Wii. Is that cool – or is it trying too hard? I’d say the latter.

08/09/2011

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Time Out

Cath Clarke

It really is smarter than your average romcom – which is perhaps as much as you can hope for.

08/09/2011

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Total Film

Ellen E Jones

For all the sexting and gratuitous iPad use, Friends With Benefits – like its leads – isn’t as modern as it thinks it is. Gluck’s attempts to critique the clichés of frothy romcoms from within a frothy romcom ring hollow, but it’s a measure of the film’s freshness that he tries it at all.

23/08/2011

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The Observer

Philip French

In these days of the comédie à thèse, the writers and producers must present the supposedly sophisticated front-office suits with a compelling thesis that the protagonists will discuss and then test in the film.

11/09/2011

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The Scotsman

Alistair Harkness

The second film this year to rip-off a very famous episode of Seinfeld for the purpose of creating a predictable romcom.

10/09/2011

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The Independent on Sunday

Nicholas Barber

Ah, well, there's time for Hollywood to pump out a fourth film on the same subject before the end of the year.

11/09/2011

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The Times

Kevin Maher

Some nice one-liners and two smart supporting turns from veterans Patricia Clarkson and Richard Jenkins (as eccentric parents) can’t disguise the fact that Friends with Benefits is a soppy formulaic rom-com pretending to be the antidote to soppy formulaic rom-coms.

09/09/2011

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The Sunday Times

Edward Porter

The sex merely adds ribald slapstick and a few glimpses of Timberlake’s bottom.

11/09/2011

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The Daily Mail

Chris Tookey

It’s most irritatingly smug in the way they badmouth Hollywood cliches, but then imitate them.

08/09/2011

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The Financial Times

Antonia Quirke

Ends up all strings, mostly those belonging to a well-worn Hollywood rom-com violin.

08/09/2011

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The Guardian

Peter Bradshaw

Really: no benefits to watching this.

08/09/2011

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