Friends With Benefits: Easier Than It Looks
I had low expectations as this looks like a carbon copy of No Strings Attached with Aston Kutcher and Natalie Portman. Even though I didn’t see NSA, I assumed that the second version would be a lesser version than the first. Just like going through a copy machine, the copy is at a slightly lower quality than the first. Ironically, its Portman’s Black Swan nemesis who stars in this No Strings Attached remake.
Kunis has come a long way from That 70’s Show. Surprisingly, she’s the breakout movie star from that talented cast. She was perfect as the spitfire, sassy headhunter who attempts to lure Timberlake. Business quickly mixes with pleasure and they soon embark on their Friends With Benefits adventure.
I still remember a celebrity basketball game with NSYNC on MTV. I couldn’t stand this blond, curly hair punk mouthing off. A young Justin Timberlake was seared in my brain. I thought he would have his fifteen minutes and fizzle out. Boy was I wrong! He seems to have hung up the mic and dancing shoes to tackle being a thespian. He’s pretty fun to watch on Saturday Night Live skits, but can he translate on the silver screen? I missed him in the Social Network, but I’ve heard decent things about his acting. I enjoyed his turn as a hot shot art director from LA on the verge of the big leagues. Not as arrogant or flamboyant as his musical alter ego. But he was charming and the female viewers will enjoy his ab work.
Patricia Clarkson, Jenna Elfman, and Woody Harrelson played nice support as Mila’s mother, Justin’s sister, and Justin’s co-worker, but it was all about our two friends. Timberlake and Kunis had great chemistry throughout the movie. There were some terrific location shots of both New York and Los Angeles. The humorous and vulnerable moments were well done and it even pokes fun at typical romantic comedies. Friends With Benefits is easier said than done, but it sure was fun watching them try and figure it out!