Dylan (Justin Timberlake) is dumped for being emotionally unavailable. While Jamie (Mila Kunis) is given the all familiar “we need to talk” speech for being emotionally damaged. Naturally these two emotionally challenged souls end up crossing paths.Â
Jamie lives in New York and works as a head hunter or as she puts it “an executive recruiter.” Her latest recruit just so happens to be none other than Dylan who works as an art director for a small Los Angeles based internet company. In order to get Dylan to accept his job offer as art director of GQ Magazine, Jamie decides to sell Dylan on the idea of living in New York City. So, when Dylan agrees to fly cross country to explore his options, Jamie takes him on the non-touristy tour of the Big Apple and successfully convinces Dylan to relocate and accept the position.
Well, Jamie is the only person that Dylan knows in New York, so of course they strike up a friendship. One night while watching an utlra cheesy romantic comedy over a few beers, they ultimately decide that it is possible to be intimate with someone without all of the emotional attachment, so they make a pact to be “friends with benefits.” Everything goes pretty smoothly until Jamie suggests that it is time for them to just be friends and that they should probably start trying to date other people. From that moment on it is clear that they both have feelings for each other and because their business and personal lives are so intertwined things start to get way more complicated than they had originally planned.
This film is really funny and it also contains a serious and sentimental element to it that I was not expecting. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked it. Earlier this year, Paramount released No Strings Attached which basically has the exact same plot line. As much as I enjoy Natalie Portman, the winner of the battle of the movies-with-identical-plot-lines definitely goes to Friends with Benefits. It was funnier and sweeter. At the end of the movie I genuinely thought to myself that I just saw a very cute film. Both Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis do a great job with their roles. It was probably not that big of a stretch for them though. Timberlake was charming and funny and Kunis was spunky and cute. The supporting cast which consists of Jenna Elfman, Woody Harrelson, Patricia Clark and Richard Jenkins also deserve some recognition and praise. This is definitely the type of movie you want to see with your friends as opposed to your mom or any other family members. It deals very candidly with sex and there is quite a bit of nudity (hence the R rating). Enjoy this true chick flick!