On Saturday, I went to see Friends With Benefits with my mama and LuLu. If you remember from this post, it was first on my list of movies I'm dying to see. I'm happy to report that is was worth the price of admission! It was certainly rated R for a reason, but it resisted becoming vulgar, or at least in my eyes. (We all have different breaking points for such things.) Let's just say I was fine watching this with my mom, but wouldn't have invited my grandma or anything. Some have said that it was a little too close to last year's No Strings Attached (which I never saw), but LuLu assures me that this was a much better movie!
Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake have a great chemistry, and that's really makes the difference for the whole film. I think that the story could have been trite or flimsy, but they gave it the right sense of humor and sweetness. Patricia Clarkson is the perfect flaky hippie mom to Kunis' Jamie and Jenna Elfman, Richard Jenkins, and Noah Gould round out Timberlake's character's (Dylan) family with a bittersweet reality. The plot touches on more than just the "friends with benefits" idea, and I think that's really what makes it more dimensional than a typical rom-com.
I give it 3.75 out of 4 completely inconsequential stars, and the ultimate compliment, "When does it come out on DVD?"