Friends With Benefits sets itself up as an anti-romcom romantic comedy. The gimmick works until the movie becomes exactly what the characters originally mock. Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake have good on-screen chemistry but there is something vacuous about the Friends With Benefits that gets in the way of really enjoying them. This romantic comedy is a slow descent into the overly sweet creature it originally mocks, ending almost included.
This romatic comedy opens with a clever juxtaposed scene where Jamie (Kunis) and Dylan (Timberlake) get dumped. Dylan then flies to New York where headhunter Jamie has him pegged for the art director’s job at GQ. They hit it off and decide they like each other too much to become boyfriend girlfriend and friends with benefits has all the advantages of a relationship without the problems.
Of course they eventually discover just sex isn’t just sex. Stuff happens, most of it uninteresting, and they hook up again.
This is a fun enough movie the first time around but it does not have enough to hang around your Blu-ray DVD collection.