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Rated R · 109 minutes · 2011

Romantic comedy
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.
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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Colorado Springs Independent Cry me a river: Friends With Benefits Friends With Benefits has some amusing moments before getting bogged down with a serious tone. by Dan Hudak 07/21/2011
The Coast Halifax Predictable Friends With Benefits R-rated romcom nowhere as forward-thinking as it might have been by Molly Segal 07/21/2011
Boise Weekly The Projector: Movies opening Friday, July 22 Mountain bikes, a conservationist, what hides beneath the high desert in Chile, Steve Carrell voicing an animated villain, music from The Met, video-game violence and best friends as bedfellows. It's all at the movies. 07/22/2011
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NUVO Ed reviews 'Friends with Benefits' As romantic comedies go, you could do a lot worse than this one, starring Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake - charismatic actors who look nice undressed. by Ed Johnson-Ott 07/22/2011
Portland Mercury When Your Bros Are Hos Friends with Benefits doth protest too much: It's just a romantic-comedy. by Marjorie Skinner 07/21/2011
Colorado Springs Independent Opening this week Captain America: The First Avenger, Friends With Benefits and other film events happening around town. 07/21/2011

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