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Will Friends With Benefits Beat The Odds?

Submitted by on July 18, 2011 – 12:39 pmOne Comment

I just saw the trailer for Friends With Benefits, and it made me laugh. In a good way. I was ready to dismiss it as a straight-up copy of last winter’s No Strings Attached (you too?):

In general, this movie looks like it doesn’t take itself so damn seriously. It doesn’t dwell on how painful emotions are and how gorgeous these pained people look! And it’s not afraid to be awkward and ridiculous. But its biggest strength is its underrated cast.

Mila Kunis: The former That 70s Show celeb is proving herself to be a certifiable movie star and real actress. She was Black Swan’s secret weapon; Natalie Portman may have won the Oscar, but Kunis brought laughs, ease, and real humanity to two hours of supernatural suffering.

Justin Timberlake: I had an *NStink t-shirt in eighth grade, so this is tough for me to say, but JT has become an amazing entertainer and a consummately cool guy. He chose a harder route, making edgy dance songs instead of sappy ballads, and he take risks in his acting with raunchy SNL shorts and dramatic roles (The Social Network). He’s not afraid to look silly here too, and the movie will be better for it.

Woody Harrelson: The man can do no wrong. And it seems like the film tosses the cliché of a lisping, flamboyant gay friend for a guy with a speedboat and understated confidence.

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