(out of 5)
Corporate headhunter Mila Kunis recruits L.A. web designer Justin Timberlake 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.
Directed by Will Gluck
Cinematography by Michael Grady
Music by Wende Crowley
Production Design by Marcia Hinds
Costume Design by Renee Ehrlich Kalfus
Film Editing by Tia Nolan