Friends With Benefits (2011)

Friends with Benefits poster from the internet.

On one date night a couple of years ago, hubby and I watched the movie Friends with Benefits. It is a nice and light romantic comedy film–the kind of movie that we like to watch during our bonding time.

Anyway, the movie top bills pop superstar Justin Timberlake and the very alluring Mila Kunis. I like the movie because the ending is like a modern-day fairy tale. Though I do not exactly like the storyline if it is going to happen in real-life, I do like their portrayal. Justin and Mila have a nice onscreen chemistry and they really look comfortable together.

Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake on the sofa–a famous scene in the movie where they talk about having sex without emotional attachment. Photo from the internet.

Since Justin is a singer, they script has exploited this fact and has made the guy sing some lines in the movie. And I think that is a great idea.

Friends with Benefits has a similar plot to the Ashton Kutcher and Natalie Portman movie–No Strings Attached. But I think that FWB is much better because Ashton and Natalie do not seem to be a nice match. It was bad casting really. In NSA, Kutcher is like a big dork. It is interesting that now, Kutcher and Kunis are real-life sweethearts who now have their first child.

Friends with Benefits Trailer

Having watched Friends with Benefits, I cannot help but think about my own friends. I know that in the United States and maybe among the more liberated group here in the Philippines, the phrase “friends with benefits” is like a status. This means that friends sleep together and with each other without any romantic involvement. But of course, we all know that this will not be the case forever because somehow, more often than not, one or both of the friends eventually end up falling in love with the other person. And well, needless to say, it complicates things.

Anyway, as for my friends with benefits? I just want to say that having friends literally gives us all the benefits. We benefit emotionally, mentally, physically, and psychologically–but for us, of course it is not sexually. When I say physically, I mean friends helping friends in time of need, such as needing a helping hand, a shoulder to cry on, or some stuffing to the empty pocket. We also provide prayer support. It just depends on what kind of benefits you are looking for in friends.

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