Let us first forget about our critical selves that want deep stories or Oscar worthy movies. Let us, for this time, just enjoy the ride. Those mainstream entertainment fare without complicated plots or brain-fucked endings. What we have now is a story that we already know the resolution even before the problem started. But I am not complaining.
FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS is shallow yet unpretentious, cool and charming. The first scenes were a bit slow and dragging despite some witty banters. But after that first salvo, everything went as expected. Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake are beautiful non-couple with mutual understanding of sex and friendship. And it goes well. Or so they thought. Because, again expectedly, it turned out that they have feelings for each other. More than friends, that is.
And how can you get more mainstream and cliché than that? Complications and bruised ego, the cute dance number like our 80’s Regal films, the oversimplified solution to heartaches and family problems, etc.
While we may cringe at the thought that we actually enjoy mushy movies, we at times are able to admit that if we are entertained, so be it! And this is not just one of those guilty pleasures when we secretly dance to Britney Spears’ danceable tunes or when we sing-along with Salbakuta or Gagong Rapper. Yes, some old school reference there. LOL!
Sure, this movie is formulaic. But it’s worth the time. You will be entertained!
[written by: Dima]