Friends with Benefits, Attack the Block
Friends with Benefits by Will Gluck
Time for fun and glamour on the Piazza Grande tonight. Friends with Benefits is a rom-com on a topical subject that seems to intrigue Hollywood screenwriters: ”sex between friends” (hence the film’s French title).
The two appealing protagonists of Sex with Benefits, New York singletons Dylan and Jamie, decide to enhance their friendship with a physical relationship, all the more enjoyable since they will thus avoid the usual source of conflict between couples: romantic love. Of course, things don’t work out as planned, and affairs of the heart soon trump the purely physical, creating numerous complications for the young lovers.
All the more so once their parents decided to get involved. This funny, sexy pièce of entertainment is directed by Will Gluck, who had already made a mark with his earlier comedy of manners Easy A, a skilful transposition of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter to an American collège campus, starring Emma Stone, who also makes an appearance at the start of this film.
Friends with Benefits owes a great deal to its co-stars Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis. The singer and teen idol Justin Timberlake proved himself a fine actor in David Fincher’s The Social Network and here he establishes his talent for comedy.
Mila Kunis was impressive in Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan alongside Natalie Portman and it is a delight to see her again hère in a rôle that gives full rein to her charm and kookiness. The gréât Woody Harrelson brings a touch of additional humour in the part of the gay office co-worker and Dylan’s confidant.Olivier Père