Movie Review: Friends with Benefits

The cliche that worked. - It is interesting how this movie utilized the abused tried and tested elements of a romantic comedy, and yet still emerged as fresh, entertaining and croon-worthy!


Although this movie sort of Black-Swanned the plot for Natalie Portman's No Strings Attached, this movie surpassed Portman's movie way way waaaaay higher. It used all the common elements of a romantic comedy: only that the sex comes a little earlier . The movie never tried to confuse you, but the way leading to the ending is very entertaining and memorable.

The introduction of the characters at the beginning of the film is one of the most creative have seen, and the creativity did not end there, it was able to sustain it until the end. There is a lot of witty dialogue that I can't help but find some quotable funny and memorable quotes in the film.The film bashes romantic comedies, yet it started to act out the exact same cliches it is making fun of.

There are also a lot of colorful characters in the film that are far from the normal romantic comedy which I think made this movie stand out. I particularly love Jamie's mother Lorna played by Patricia Clarkson as well as Woody Harrelson's character Tommy.

And of course the movie is set in beautiful New York - my dream city. It was able to highlight really good places that a wannabe New Yorker wants to see.


Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake won hands down in the electric chemistry category, however Justin still needs some work in the acting category. Maybe this film did not give him much to work with to showcase his talent, but I think it showed enough based on the level of acting where he is currently. Mila I must say based on the roster of young actresses we have right now is perfect for the film. I think she is the only one who can pull off this role without making the audience feel iffy or awkward. She was able to pull it off and captivate the audience.

Patricia Clarkson's character really stood out for me among all the mothers out there in other romantic comedies :D. She was the only non-cliche in the cliche-filled romcom kingdom. I can't wait to see more of her other films. Probably not the same role though :D.


Overall this movie really stood out as one of the most unforgettable romantic comedies out there. It did not try to preach blatantly, or try to be a dramatic romantic comedy. It is what it is: A fun film! And they did a pretty good job at it. A movie that I will not get tired watching again and again.

Friends with Benefits will have whole-day sneak previews on Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 19 & 20, in selected theaters everywhere. Opening across the Philippines on September 28.

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