After the rather dire No Strings Attached comes Friends with Benefits, replicating the same premise: two friends agree to have a relationship based entirely on sex.
There often appears to be a glut of films made based on the same material, such as Capote andInfamous or Dangerous Liaisons and Valmont with one usually being far superior to the other. Considering how overly sentimental No Strings Attached was, it would be fair to say that Friends with Benefits should be the better film.
Starring Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake, the film’s trailer certainly looks to be both wittier and less formulaic than No Strings Attached, with Kunis and Timberlake appearing to posses far more chemistry together than Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher demonstrated.
Whilst I am by no means hoping for a truly good rom-com, the choice of director does hold some promise. Will Gluck’s Easy A was a wonderfully acerbic satire of high-school, and it can be hoped that his directorial work and script work on Friends with Benefits help it to transcend the usual rom-com fare.