Friends with Benefits

Released 07/22/2011                              Rated: R

Every now and again, two movie studios will *coincidentally* release similar movies within the same year. In 1998 we had A Bug’s Life, and Antz. In 2013 we had Olympus Has Fallen, and White House Down. And finally, in 2011 No Strings Attached, and Friends with Benefits. At the time, I was interested in neither of these titles, but if I had to pick one to watch, it probably would have been this one. recently been dumped by their respective significant others, Dylan and Jamie enter into an attachment-free relationship. They’re not looking for anything other than casual sex, and despite everyone butting in with their two cents, they’re trying to keep it that way.

I thought I was going to like it more than I did, but it’s still leagues better than how I feel regarding most rom-coms. I didn’t quite feel the charm, but more than likely, that’s just me. I guess I was expecting it to be a bit funnier. Don’t get me wrong, I liked it, but I don’t foresee me watching it over and over again. It was cute. It has some great jokes. But what they did awesomely in the beginning of the film, didn’t quite carry through to the end for me.

For a movie about a guy who’s emotionally-unavailable, and a girl who’s emotionally-damaged, they didn’t really dive into that territory. Our main characters don’t even realize it on their own. In the beginning their significant others label them, and then in the end their parents explain why they are like that (which on both accounts is because of the parent’s failings in love). Jamie and Dylan don’t have the realization that they were labeled correctly, they don’t talk about their problems in any capacity, and they don’t try to fix it. We the viewers don’t even see these labels portrayed, we’re just supposed to take their word for it. You’re supposed to sell me on their chemistry; show me how these two work so well together!

If you haven’t seen it, give it a shot. Pretty good for a romantic comedy.

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