Friends With Benefits: Good.

The movie too.

Just saw Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake, of Marine Corps Ball invitation fame, in Friends With Benefits.  Per standard procedure, I read Ebert’s review so I knew what I was getting into: Kunis and Timberlake are the dynamic duo in a smart, funny, sexy piece propagating the nonsense idea that you can’t just fuck.  I second Ebert’s endorsement and here add a few of my observations:

As a strongly logical thinker, my suspension of disbelief was raging throughout the film.  The movie-the plot details, the dialogue-was implausible throughout but nevertheless manages to be a cool, not-braindead flick.  It’s set in New York City(!) and is spot on in its use of the city’s little quirks-the tops of buildings onto which one can sneak for a view of the skyline, the scoffing at outsiders for waiting at the crosswalk-to good effect in advancing the protagonists’ relationship.

Though the plot is generally predictable, the first sex scene was unexpectedly brilliant.

One expects Richard Jenkins’ character (JT’s dad) to be a mere plot-filler but he shows real acting in one intense burst.

FWB also gives psychologically damaged characters a chance to be in a real relationship, which isn’t the sort of formula one once expected.  I’m hopeful that it’s a sign that Hollywood no longer demands that we be Cinderella and Prince Charming to have positive relationships.

And on a final triumphant note, praise le Jesus: JT is given his thirty seconds to bust out those unmatchable musical chops.

Three stars.


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