Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis in the middle of a flash mob in Friends with BenefitsOne of the first things people say about this film is, “Didn’t this movie come out already? No Strings Attached, right?” Yes, Ashton Kutcher and Natalie Portman released a film with the same premise earlier this year. But all the things it lacked are found in Friends with Benefits.

Jamie (Mila Kunis) and Dylan (Justin Timberlake) recently re-entered the single life when their significant others very bluntly dumped them. When they meet as Jamie walks barefoot across a luggage carousel, it’s obvious they’re destined to be best friends. But late one night Jamie and Dylan decide they’re such good friends, they can do what so many others cannot – have sex without emotion. What follows is a string of many naked encounters that, of course, eventually lead to very emotional complications.

This film is definitely targeted to the Gen-Yers in the audience. The music and pop culture references, such as knowing who actually performed the song “Closing Time,” are meant to push their nostalgia buttons and do so quite effectively. In addition, these are two actors that are the same age as their intended audience, and who most viewers spent TV time with growing up. As a result, it may be difficult for the generations before and after to identify with more than just the humorous one-liners. Though the characters’ berating of other rom coms and their acting regulars is something to which everyone can relate: “Stupid Katherine Heigl!”

That said, the script is incredibly funny. Between the awkward situations Jamie and Dylan often find themselves in and the witty banter, audiences are treated to a good combination of snickers and out-loud laughs. On the other hand, the narrative doesn’t only rely on the intrigue of their relationship to maintain your attention, but adds the difficulties Dylan and his family face as they struggle to deal with a father (Richard Jenkins) suffering from advanced Alzheimer’s. Unfortunately, the dramatic switch from just having fun to dealing with serious issues is a little too sharp, breaking the movie’s flow in the middle.

The quality of actors with small roles in this film is unexpected, ranging from an outrageous cameo by Emma Stone to inappropriate mom Patricia Clarkson to a gay Woody Harrelson and a frighteningly violent Olympic snowboarder Shaun White. Other appearances include Andy Samberg, Bryan Greenberg, Jenna Elfman and Masi Oka. In addition, Timberlake and Kunis have a wonderful comedic rapport, prodding each other as if they truly are best friends. It was nice to see this natural camaraderie in interviews the pair did together to promote the film’s release. On the other hand, they don’t necessarily have any romantic chemistry on screen. The physical attraction between the two is practically a given, but there aren’t any sparks; which is fine when they’re “just having sex,” but is missed as they’re relationship progresses.

Director Will Gluck’s follow-up to the excellent Easy A isn’t quite as good, but still a couple of hours of solid entertainment. He appears to have a knack for delivering enjoyable comedies with great references to the ‘80s and early ‘90s. In addition, his casting choices thus far have been impeccable.

For another small snicker, be sure to stay and enjoy more of the great soundtrack through the credits to see a short outtake before the screen fades to black.

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