I got to see the Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis Romantic Comedy Friends With Benefits a couple weeks ago, and I’m just getting to this quick review now.
OVERALL: It’s a plot that’s been done before, and it’s a plot that’s been done very recently with even a “That 70’s Show” star. Yet, this was still an enjoyable romantic comedy. My biggest issue is that it tries to make fun of romantic comedies but still falls into the same predictable cliches that all romantic comedies fall into. It tries to rise above them, but ultimately just becomes one. If you like romantic comedies this is not really a bad thing, but this movie is not as clever as the excellent “500 Days of Summer”, even thought it tries really hard to be.
ACTING: Justin Timberlake did an admirable job as the lead, but I personally have a difficult time seeing beyond that “OMG, it’s Justin Timberlake”! He was just too big of a pop star for me to shake that off and believe he is some other guy. Mila Kunis was enjoyable as always, and her natural charisma and spunkiness plays well here.
FAMILY FACTOR: There are STRONG sexual themes and situations in this movie, so be warned if you have children or teens you are thinking of bringing. Prepare for uncomfortable questions afterward if you choose to do so.
SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN: If you need to see Justin Timberlake’s butt 10 feet wide.
Friends With Benefits opens nationwide on July 22. See Captain America First, though. 😀