I saw Friends with Benefits last Friday as soon as it came out in theaters, and I am thisclose to seeing it again. One of the best aspects of this movie was that the emotions felt real. I knew I would relate to the characters from the moment Mila Kunis shouted, “Shut up Katherine Heigl, you stupid liar!” Sometimes it is easy to get caught up in the world of film and wish life were just like the movies. With some of the scenes that were in this film (ahem, flash mob), you’re going to wish you didn’t have to come back to reality!
Mila Kunis, playing Jamie, and Justin Timberlake, as Dylan, have great on-screen chemistry, and when they laugh together, it is clearly genuine. If you weren’t in love with Mila and Justin before, you will be after you see this film. When you laugh, you cry – the jokes are that good. They are also relevant, which is refreshing. The pace is quick, which keeps you on your toes, engaged, and entertained. Woody Harrelson is another character who really gets the audiences belly aching as he delivers his lines with ease and hilarity. The plot is obvious, but then again, you’re not really going for the plot. There are also some cheesy moments sprinkled throughout, but nothing that is worth not seeing the movie over.
The events, people, and places that surround the characters are realistic (besides their too-good-to-be-true insanely expensive and stunning New York apartments). Viewers get to know more about Dylan and Jamie on both coasts, as they spend time in Los Angeles and New York. This aspect may seem unimportant, but I beg to differ. From my own experiences, I’ve noticed that the West Coast is more laid back, whereas the East Coast is very go-go-go. (My heart belongs to both coasts…I’m torn). Just like in real life, when people are placed in different situations, it is crucial to see how they will respond. While still remaining true at heart, Dylan and Jamie are able to let down their emotionally damaged walls when they visit L.A., a side to them we had not seen before. In every scene you feel the presence and pulse of the city Dylan and Jamie are in, whether it is New York or L.A. Characters respond to their location, which in turn has an effect on how the viewer responds. I love that New York and L.A. were both included, instead of just one or the other.
This romantic comedy is one of the sweetest that I’ve seen in a while. If you are looking for a laugh, this is your best bet.
Has anyone else seen this movie? What did you think?