Friends with Benefits
“Love and other drugs”, “No Strings attached”, now “Friends with benefits” – all these movies are romantic comedies about man and woman adding sexual intimacy to their friendship. “Friends with benefits” doesn’t have anything new or better to offer….
Mila Kunis (Jamie), a corporate headhunter in New York, is just out of a relationship, while an upcoming blogger in Los Angeles, Justin Timberlake (Dylan) is also dealing with a break up with his girlfriend played by Emma Stone. When Jamie sets up an interview for Dylan at GQ magazine, he comes up in New York and meets Jamie for the first time at the airport. Soon after Dylan moves into NY City to take up the job, Jamie gets him into her friends circle and they both start hanging out together watching Hollywood Romantic comedies and mocking it. But they both are missing sexual intimacy in their lives and since Jamie is emotionally damaged and Dylan claims to be emotionally unavailable they both decide to have just a sexual relationship without any emotions involved. But the good times cannot stay uncomplicated for long.
Why do we have three movies in one year focusing on intimacy and friendship? Why is this topic so hot? Are modern young people too cool, too busy or too scared to have a normal relationship and stay “just friends” with their friends? After watching this movie, you will not get the answers to these questions. You will only see a story about two confused people who struggle to maintain the status quo of how their relationship should develop and their endearing feelings for one another.
Anyway, if you really want to explore the 'can men and women be friends' theme, watch the best in this genre, 'When Harry Met Sally'.
By Olga Lobanova