Directed by: Will Gluck
Stars: Justin Timberlake, Mila Kunis, Woody Harrelson, Richard Jenkins, Patricia Clarkson, Andy Samberg, Emma Stone, Rashida Jones, Jason Segel
To be honest, 2011’s roster of comedies didn’t particularly appeal to me at all. There were a couple I saw purely for the cast members involved, while I avoided others for their plots and cast.
A prime example of the latter would be Friends With Benefits. I’m definitely just jaded towards romance comedies, but I finally gave the film a shot and checked it out.
I had high hopes for Justin Timberlake, but I absolutely just don’t like Mila Kunis. This film, in particular, it was her voice that lost me in her performance. As for Timberlake, I found him to be completely lackluster, which is a huge shame for me because I really loved the film’s script.
The dialogue is snappy and witty and was what kept me going through the film. The small snippets of Woody Harrelson were its high points for me. The biggest problem though is that this film doesn’t know what kind of tone to have as during each act it felt like they were going for something different (e.g raunchy sex comedy, classic romance comedy and later a dramedy).
Overall, it just felt like a weird mesh of elements I just didn’t really care for, but I did enjoy enough of Harrelson and the great script written for the film to have some enjoyment.
GO Rating: 2/5