DVD Review: Friends With Benefits[relatedratings=5]Here we go, another one of those films that addresses the age old question. Can men and women enjoy a physical relationship without the emotional baggage?

Now, before I go any further, there is one major problem with this film and it’s not the notion of whether men and women can be physically involved without emotion.  It’s not the fact that it’s a rom com (a genre of film that I rarely enjoy) and it is not the fact that in all honesty, the film is at times a bit too predictable.

I can let all that go.  The main problem I have with the film is the idea that characters as charming, sexy and appealing as Dylan Harper (Justin Timberlake) and Jamie Rellis (Mila Kunis) would find themselves in a position where they wouldn’t be able to find a suitable partner.

Have you seen the actors portraying them?  Aside from the occasional silly haircut, Timberlake is about the prettiest person on the planet and the only other person prettier than him is Mila Kunis, his co-star.

Well, I guess that’s the influence that marketing can have on the production of a film of this calibre.  After all, no one wants to watch a bunch of munters having casual sex do they? Nope, thinking about it I’d much rather watch Timberlake and Kunis frolicking around in the nip too.

That aside, there is quite a lot to enjoy in Friends With Benefits.  The plot introduces both our characters on the rebound of their previous relationships.  Dylan arrives in New York to meet his career/recruitment consultant, Jamie, who is trying to convince Dylan to take a job at GQ magazine which he eventually accepts.

As Dylan is new in town, they both strike up a friendship and then on one drunken night, they decide it will be a good idea for them to get a bit physical.

Both Kunis and Timberlake put in decent enough performances and while they both do their jobs well playing the emotional conflicted couple, it’s Timberlake that gets the real chance to flex his comedic chops.  His character also gets a lot more back story than Mila Kunis, which is unfortunate as we learn very little about her character.

Other notable performances include turns from Woody Harrelson as Tommy Bollinger, the gay sports reporter who offers Dylan sound advice and Jenna Elfman as Dylan’s sister, who is criminally underused here.

Patricia Clarkson is also very amusing as Jamie’s wayward mother.

Friends With Benefits is quite amusing and even though it’s nothing amazing, it is perfectly acceptable for what it is.

Film Rating – [rating=3]

Special Features:
• Commentary with Director Will Gluck, Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis
• Outtakes
• Deleted Scenes with Optional Commentary
• Blu-ray Only: Bonus Benefits: A Pop-Up Trivia Track
• Blu-ray Only: 3 Featurettes
– “On Set with FWB”
– “In A Flash: Choreographing a Mob”
– “Comedy Of A Sexomedy”

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Colin lives in south west London. Looks like a hobbit and has been watching films ever since he saw Return of the Jedi at the age of 3. You can follow Colin on Twitter @obicolkenobi.