Friends With Benefits

Rated R 109 minutes 2011

Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis make for a fun almost-couple in yet another movie about people committing to the art of rut without emotional attachment. (Ashton Kutcher and Natalie Portman totally shat the bed earlier this year with No Strings Attached, a film with an almost identical plot.) When the film is Timberlake and Kunis discussing relationships candidly and sexually misbehaving, it’s actually a lot of fun. But it goes a few steps too far and packs a little too much in, especially with an Alzheimer’s patient subplot that feels like something for another movie. It also sort of becomes the kind of romantic kitsch movie it seems to be knocking. Still, Timberlake is a naturally funny guy who elevates the material (and, for those interested, he shows his naked butt a lot) and Kunis is eternally charming. Some editing could actually make this a better, slicker picture.

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Official Site: www.fwb-movie.com

Director: Will Gluck

Producer: Martin Shafer, Liz Glotzer, Jerry Zucker, Janet Zucker, Will Gluck and Glenn S. Gainor

Cast: Justin Timberlake, Mila Kunis, Patricia Clarkson, Jenna Elfman, Bryan Greenberg, Richard Jenkins, Woody Harrelson, Nolan Gould, Andy Samberg, Shaun White, Emma Stone and Lili Mirojnick

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