I didn't really have much interest in this film until I caught a middle part of it on TV the other day, and I found that part to be surprisingly funny and fresh. As such, I decided that I would try to seek out the film, and I found myself enjoying it greatly.
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.
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