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Friends with Benefits (2011)

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A young man and woman decide to take their friendship to the next level without becoming a couple, but soon discover that adding sex only leads to complications.

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Will Gluck

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Keith Merryman (screenplay), David A. Newman (screenplay) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Justin Timberlake ... Dylan
Mila Kunis ... Jamie
Patricia Clarkson ... Lorna
Jenna Elfman ... Annie
Bryan Greenberg ... Parker
Richard Jenkins ... Mr. Harper
Woody Harrelson ... Tommy
Nolan Gould ... Sam
Andy Samberg ... Quincy
Shaun White ... Himself
Andrew Fleming ... Driver
Catherine Reitman ... Female Co-Worker
Courtney Henggeler ... Flight Attendant
Masi Oka ... Darin Arturo Morena
Tiya Sircar ... Hostess
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Storyline

Jamie Rellis (Mila Kunis) is a New York City head-hunter trying to sign Los Angeles-based art director Dylan Harper (Justin Timberlake) for her client. When he takes the job and makes the move, they quickly become friends. Their friendship turns into a friendship with benefits, but with Jamie's emotionally damaged past and Dylan's history of being emotionally unavailable, they have to try to not fall for each other the way Hollywood romantic comedies dictate. Written by napierslogs

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Some friends come with a happy ending. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

12 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Official Sites:

Official site

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 September 2011 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Amigos con beneficios See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,622,150, 24 July 2011, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$55,802,754

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$149,542,245
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Dolby Digital | SDDS | Datasat

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Catherine Reitman has a minor role in the movie. Her father Ivan Reitman directed No Strings Attached (2011), a movie with the same premise as this one. See more »

Goofs

When Jamie jumps down from the Hollywood sign on the approach of the police helicopter, she lands well to the right of where she takes off. See more »

Quotes

Police officer: This is the LAPD. You are trespassing. Get down from the sign.
Jamie: We gotta jump.
[Jamie jumps down from the sign]
Jamie: Dylan, jump!
Dylan: I'm f-frozen!
Police officer: Come on, get down! Sir, this is your last warning.
Jamie: Use the ladder!
Dylan: I have a fear of heights! Also, he-he-helicopters! They don't make sense to me!
Jamie: What do you mean you have a fear of heights? Why would you come up here?
Dylan: You called me a pu-pussy!
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Crazy Credits

There are fake outtakes for the film's fake romantic movie at the very end of the credits. See more »

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Spoofed in Bob's Burgers: Friends with Burger-fits (2014) See more »

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Written by Andy Burrows and Eliot James
Performed by I Am Arrows
Courtesy of Mercury Records Limited
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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A sweet satire that's almost good (but not quite)
22 July 2011 | by Samiam3See all my reviews

What I can say for Friends with Benefits is that it's a cute movie that doesn't reach it's full potential. The main problem to me is that when it starts, the film is being played as satire and when it ends, it's being played straight. As a result, Friends with Benefits does not quite rise above the romantic material it mocks, but on occasion it's funny and adorable.

Actually for a while, the movie is on fire. The opening is cleverly handled, and is a good way to grab the audiences attention. Then for the next several scenes, Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake demonstrate charm, comfort and overall competence and end up delivering a couple of the funniest sexual encounters I've seen in years. What I like about them both is that they bring enthusiasm to whatever they do, and this film is no exception.

Around the halfway point, the film starts to feel a little boring. with a running time of just over a hundred minutes, Friends with Benefits is not a long movie, and while it's not exactly short either, it feels shorter than it should be. There are a few hints to suggest that a longer movie was intended but the Studio may have forced a cut down. In addition to an ending that feels rushed, all the supporting characters in the story seem futile, and underwritten. Woody Harrelsson, for example, can be a really funny guy, but he's not given the material or the screen time, to make his appearance worthwhile.

The film has it's ups, it has it's downs. It doesn't end up being a bad Rom-com, but I've seen better.


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