Lime Review - Screen
Friends with Benefits
Let's get the obvious out of the way. Yes, this is significantly better than No Strings Attached.
It's also a lot better than most recent romantic comedies largely thanks to two unspeakably attractive leads who also manage to remain completely likeable. Mila Kunis is pretty much every guys fantasy in this film, and we all know about Justin Timberlake's effect on the ladies so it seems like a match made in heaven. The set-up that these two would get together is obvious, but the route this movie takes, keeps things amusing throughout.
The chemistry is palpable and manages to create the rare need for the audience to see the couple get it on, in every sense. There's still a predictability that has to be met in the genre for everyone to go home happy, and also we're not quite sure this is a genuine friends with benefits arrangement. They aren't really friends, rather two single people who find one another in a hurry.
Good for them, but slightly cheating the concept in my opinion. That's a minor problem though, as this is a thoroughly entertaining date movie that will please almost everyone. Maybe people can now stop going on about 'When Harry met Sally' and try something modern instead.
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