Last night I saw Friends with Benefits, starring Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake. I REALLY liked it! I happen to be a huge fan of Kunis—since her That 70’s Show days, when she was just a glowing funny teenager. So I would practically see any movie she’s in.
But I wanted to see this movie because of the storyline — the same reason I went to see the very similar (and I mean identical) movie No Strings Attached, featuring the hotties Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher. It came out earlier this year. In both movies, two friends make a pact to start a strictly sexual relationship, with absolutely no emotions involved, “just sex,” and they seriously think it will work.
Yeah, right; feelings always get in the way!—especially if your “friend” looks like Justin or Ashton (or Mila and Natalie, if you prefer). It’s just our nature. And, dammit, that’s too bad because loyal friends with benefits does sound ideal. Not having to deal with the heartbreaks and all the complications that come with romantic relationships… Are you kidding? Who wouldn’t want that?
I personally know someone very, very close to me who has been in this kind of relationship before. While she thinks it is a hell lot of fun, she can agree that it just doesn’t work—at least not for a long time.
But, going back to the movie, they did a good job with it. There was a little detail that annoyed me, and that was when the movie took a too-abruptly turn into the serious side. It was to be expected once they realized their feelings, but that scene was just a little too rushed. They did try to get rid of all possible Hollywood clichés that we see in romantic comedies (which a lot of funny movies seem to be trying to do lately) and I think it worked. I like that. That’s what makes the story funny and real.
Anyone out there thinks it is a good/bad idea?