Saturday, 27 August 2011

Movie: Friends with Benefits

Been seeing quite a few movies lately! The latest was Friends with Benefits yesterday evening... This is a snappy RomCom starring Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis. The opening scene is a ripper, and I also particularly enjoyed the first 10 minutes or so in which headhunter Jamie (Kunis) tries to talk online blog whiz Dylan (Timberlake) into taking the art director's job with GQ Magazine.

From here it's likable and easy enough to take, if predictable. The two leads are fine -- I daresay Mila Kunis will be the next flavour of the month. It presents a slightly different perspective on New York, which I liked; and Jenna Elfman as Dylan's sister, looking after their father as he slowly succumbs to Alzheimer's, gives a lovely performance.

Overall, though, the movie seemed a little lacking in depth and complexity, even for a RomCom. It moves through the various stages of their relationship in much the manner you'd expect (turning points on cue), making it seem formulaic. The subplots are too peripheral as well. Just not enough substance or heart for me. Entertaining enough for a single viewing, but not one I'll be seeking out again for a Friday DVD night.

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