Thursday, July 28, 2011

Friends with Benefits

This should have been called Justin and Mila Make a Porno- or at least make a silly attempt at sex scenes and casual banter. I am sort of mystified as to why this got 68% on the tomatometer on Rotten Tomatoes. It's not that Timberlake and Kunis are unlikeable- in fact, they save this movie. If I were a script writer teaching a class in how to write a trite, formulaic, predictable "romantic" comedy, I'm sure 50% of my students would write this exact movie. The sex scenes (and there are bunches of them) are bland and lack passion. What chemistry there is here seems to be killed by the non-stop talking of the characters. And it isn't fun. It ends exactly as you know it will. Both of these actors deserve a far better vehicle. I did laugh out loud several times- but in a two hour run, it wasn't much. Sigh. It gets 2 stars- don't ask me, I should give it 1.