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Friends with Benefits Review

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Friends with Benefits does not boast the most original storyline, but this probably doesn't matter to the target audience of youthful females, who if they're anything like me, pretty much inhale rom-coms. You've seen one, you've seen them all, and you're willing to see more. Despite its fairly predictable plot and occasional detour into unnecessary detail, Friends with Benefits is enjoyable entertainment perfect for a girl's night out.

The story revolves around Dylan (Timberlake) and Jamie (Kunis). Jamie works for a recruitment company and is given the task of convincing Dylan to take a new job, which involves him relocating from Los Angeles to New York. Dylan doesn't accept and they each go their separate ways. Well, actually that's not what happens and since you're an avid romantic-comedy watcher you already know this. Dylan moves to New York but knows no-one so Jamie takes him under her wing and they develop a friendship. One night while hanging out, watching movies and eating chips they decide they are both sexually frustrated enough to attempt a 'friends with benefits' situation. Thus, the beginning of an epic story.

Personally, after Forgetting Sarah Marshall I would see any comedy with Kunis in it. On the other hand, I am not (and I apologise) a big fan of Timberlake. I simply can't buy him in any sort of male lead role. To me he just doesn't come across the right way; I'm not sure if that can be attributed to his *NSYNC days or the amount of gel in his hair, or maybe something less superficial. Either way, I would have preferred to see the film with someone different as the male 'friend'. The film also stars Richard Jenkins (is there anything he's not in?), Jenna Elfman and Patricia Clarkson. Clarkson steals the show in my opinion; the scenes featuring mother-daughter bonding between her and Kunis were by far the most giggle-worthy.

The film is surprisingly long, but it was a fun two hours.
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Why? For a girl's night out
When: In cinemas now
Where: Most cinemas
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