Kazed reviews: Friends With Benefits (2011)Synopsis: While trying to avoid the clichés of Hollywood romantic comedies, Dylan and Jamie soon discover however that adding the act of sex to their friendship does lead to complications.
Watching this film, I fully expected what I was getting myself into. I knew it was going to be a Rom-Com, I knew that there would have been many clichéd moments, lines and all the other things that Rom-Coms to come out of Hollywood have.
I sitting there, just watching the film, minding my own business eagerly awaiting the typical Rom-Com stuff to happen. This is what I was expecting to happen: Timberlake and Kunis have sex, they continue having sex until one of them (or both) falls in love with each other. They both realise that being FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS is a bad idea and both go their separate ways until they realise what they were looking for the whole time was each other.
BOY was I right. Thing is, although it did follow the typical formula of a Rom-Com, it was delivered in such a way that was actually watchable, and the obvious, clichéd moments in the film were spread out quite far apart, and in between we were given Woody Harrelson, an emotional mini sub-plot involving Timberlake's on-screen Father, Richard Jenkins, and some hilarious moments with Kunis and her on-screen Mother, Patricia Clarkson.
Ironically, the premise of the film ended up being it's (partial) downfall, but for the most part, Friends With Benefits was actually a well rounded, semi-clichéd rom-com with witty humour and charming performances from the both co-stars.
Kunis and Timberlake provided some brilliant chemistry, and proved that not all Rom-Coms are bland, boring and repetitive. Sure, it was a little predictable and formulaic, but it was the bread for the humour sandwich that was Friends With Benefits.