Justin Timberlake ‘Friends With Benefits’ was a 2011 romantic comedy film directed by Will Gluck and starred Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis. The story revolves around Daylan (Justin) and Jamie (Mila) who met in New York City and believed that adding sex to their friendship would not lead to complications. Daylan and Jamie eventually develop feelings for one another but continue to deny it every time they are with one another.
The movie was commercially successful in the box office, grossing over $149.5 million around globally. It gained two nominations: People’s Choice Awards: one for Favorite Comedy Movie, and one for Mila Kunis as Favorite Comedic Movie Actress.
Critics reviews on the movie;
According to Philip French “A smart comedy adds to the subgenre of the sex-with-no-strings relationship.”
Manohla Dargis of The New York Times stated that Friends with Benefits is a “breezy, speedy and funny comedy with a nicely matched Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis.”
Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times gave the film a three out of four stars, and remarked that “what not every [romantic comedy] has, however, is good dialogue, well-delivered at a fast clip.” He added, “Kunis fast-talks her way through the opening scenes as if she’s channeling Juno, and Timberlake easily keeps up. At some fundamental level, I simply enjoyed watching them.”
Peter Debruge of Variety found the plot to be predictable and benign; however, he complimented the cast, stating that Kunis is “a natural with comedy”, while Timberlake “exudes the kind of star wattage that put Will Smith on top.”
Salon‘s Andrew O’Hehir asserted that despite a disappointing conclusion to the film, it was nonetheless a “rewarding summer diversion.”
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