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Friends with Benefits (2011)

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A young man and woman decide to take their friendship to the next level without becoming a couple, but soon discover that adding sex only leads to complications.



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Jamie Rellis (Mila Kunis) is a New York City head-hunter trying to sign Los Angeles-based art director Dylan Harper (Justin Timberlake) for her client. When he takes the job and makes the move, they quickly become friends. Their friendship turns into a friendship with benefits, but with Jamie's emotionally damaged past and Dylan's history of being emotionally unavailable, they have to try to not fall for each other the way Hollywood romantic comedies dictate. Written by napierslogs

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Friendship is a four-letter word. See more »


Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some violent content and brief sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

22 July 2011 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Amigos con beneficios  »


Box Office


$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,622,150, 24 July 2011, Wide Release

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The song that Dylan makes fun of and refers to as an "amiguously upbeat pop song that has nothing to do with the plot" at the end of the movie that him and Jamie watch together is called "Hey Soul Sister". They play the same song at the end of the film. See more »


In the overhead shot of Jamie starting to climb the chain link fence at the Hollywood sign the fence material is on the far side of the top rail. However, the low-angle shot of her sitting on the fence shows the fencing has changed sides. See more »


Jamie: I have the perfect body for Photoshop. This
Jamie: gets more angular, these
Jamie: get longer and this
Jamie: gets way more Christian.
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Crazy Credits

There are fake outtakes for the film's fake romantic movie at the very end of the credits. See more »


Referenced in Fokus på Film fra Sør (2011) See more »


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A sweet satire that's almost good (but not quite)
22 July 2011 | by See all my reviews

What I can say for Friends with Benefits is that it's a cute movie that doesn't reach it's full potential. The main problem to me is that when it starts, the film is being played as satire and when it ends, it's being played straight. As a result, Friends with Benefits does not quite rise above the romantic material it mocks, but on occasion it's funny and adorable.

Actually for a while, the movie is on fire. The opening is cleverly handled, and is a good way to grab the audiences attention. Then for the next several scenes, Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake demonstrate charm, comfort and overall competence and end up delivering a couple of the funniest sexual encounters I've seen in years. What I like about them both is that they bring enthusiasm to whatever they do, and this film is no exception.

Around the halfway point, the film starts to feel a little boring. with a running time of just over a hundred minutes, Friends with Benefits is not a long movie, and while it's not exactly short either, it feels shorter than it should be. There are a few hints to suggest that a longer movie was intended but the Studio may have forced a cut down. In addition to an ending that feels rushed, all the supporting characters in the story seem futile, and underwritten. Woody Harrelsson, for example, can be a really funny guy, but he's not given the material or the screen time, to make his appearance worthwhile.

The film has it's ups, it has it's downs. It doesn't end up being a bad Rom-com, but I've seen better.

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