The writing of the film is the most intriguing part of the film. It heavily parodies the romantic comedy clichés, while fully accepting that it is a clichéd romantic comedy. As such, the film as a whole has a sense of being somewhat self-aware, which is really interesting. Had I known this about the film, I probably would have sought it out earlier, as that is a really cool idea. The film is consistently funny and has a very quick pace. I often find myself a bit bored in romantic comedies due to their repetitive nature, but I did not feel that way in this film. I was also hesitant to watch this film, as I thought that the premise could provide for excessive raunchiness, however, it was much more controlled than I had expected, with the severely raunchy content limited to two or three scenes.
The acting of the film was also very good. The chemistry between the two leads is great. I already knew that both leads were good comedic actors, and this film is no exception. They both show surprisingly realistic emotions for a romantic comedy and deliver the laughs well in their roles.
So overall, "Friends with Benefits" is a funny, refreshing romantic comedy that can serve as a lighthearted distraction from the heat. If you catch it on TV or can rent it for a couple of bucks and this is your type of movie, you should check it out.
Friends with Benefits
Big Tuna's Rating: A-
How Did I Watch It?: Digital that I own.
Had I Seen It Before?: No, only a small part on TV a couple of days ago.
Would I Watch It Again?: Yes.