Rating: R Restricted. Under 17 Requires Accompanying Adult.
Rating Explanation: for some violent content and brief sexuality.
Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review: The chemistry between Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis is what makes this satirical romantic comedy especially enjoyable.
Justin Timberlake ...
Mila Kunis ...
Patricia Clarkson ...
Jenna Elfman ...
Bryan Greenberg ...
Richard Jenkins ...
Woody Harrelson ...
Nolan Gould ...
Andy Samberg ...
Friends with Benefits
As soon as Dylan Harper (Justin Timberlake) arrives in New York City from Los Angeles for a job interview to become art director at GQ Magazine, his vivacious executive recruiter Jamie
(Mila Kunis) takes him out for a celebratory night on the town. Despite
his worries about moving across the country, Dylan soon settles into
his new life and has already made a good friend in Jamie. They are both
coming off bad breakups and Jamie claims to not be interested in him as
a boyfriend. Before long they're regularly
sleeping together, but
Jamie is hesitant about admitting that there's anything more to their relationship, even after she conveniently overhears Dylan telling his big sister Annie (Jenna
Elfman) that he's finally found "someone."
The excellent supporting cast includes Richard Jenkins ("The Visitor") as a father mentally
deteriorating from Alzheimer's, Patricia Clarkson ("The Station Agent")
as Jamie's mother Lorna, Woody Harrelson ("The Messenger") who is colorful as Dylan's very gay co-worker Tommy, plus Emma Stone ("Easy A" ) and Andy Samberg ("I Love You Man") in stereotypical cameos as Dylan's and Jamie's exes.
Director Will Gluck has made a 1940's comedy in 21st Century clothing and Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake have that rare chemistry and rapid-fire delivery of Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy,which is perfect for a contemporary romantic comedy, which Friends with Benefits definitely is.