Friends With Benefits


(out of 5)

Corporate headhunter recruits L.A. web designer for a job in New York City and, soon after their success professionally, they become the best of friends. As both of them are unable to hold down a successful relationship, and since both of them are unbelievably young and pretty, they decide to give the old sex-without-strings routine a try and enjoy each other physically while acknowledging that they will never be attached to each other. It’s a romantic comedy, so the inevitable happens, but you’ll be surprised at how much fun you’ll have getting to the predictable ending. There’s a lot of fresh humour, and the main characters enjoy some marvelous chemistry that helps sell the jokes even further. Despite the film’s sad attempt to avoid being punished for its own clichés by making mocking references to Hollywood films of the genre (including a fake example of a film within a film starring Jason Segel and Rashida Jones), it does fall apart under the weight of its own familiarity, and as often happens its characters lose their sparkling personalities when they decide to fall in love (something about monogamy makes people boring, according to screenwriters). That said, for what you’re buying you could do a lot worse.

Screen Gems, Zucker Productions, Olive Bridge Entertainment

USA, 2011

Directed by

Story by , , , Screenplay by Keith Merryman, David A. Newman, Will Gluck

Cinematography by

Produced by , Will Gluck,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

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