Sunday, July 24, 2011

Friends With Benefits

It gets the important part right: the two leads, Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake, have chemistry, comic timing, and, most importantly, distinctive personalities. They make sense together. That the film weighs far too heavily on romantic comedy cliches and is about as predictable as a slasher flick is a secondary problem but for me it was a problem. I think it could have been a better film with some minor tweaks, and the director Will Gluck tries too hard for a frenetic screwball-y feel, especially in the first twenty minutes, the weakest part of the film.

Charlene says: Funny and sexy and air-conditioning. What's not to like.

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