Sunday, 11 September 2011

225: Review - Friends With Benefits

CAUTION: Yen's blog contains harsh language and even harsher notions of propriety. Reader discretion is advised.

Friends With Benefits poster

Friends With Benefits
11 September 2011. Location: Cinema

It's Rom-Com by numbers, no matter how self-referential and meta it tries to be at times. In fact, the only thing that genuinely surprised me is the depth of the product placement deal that Sony have managed to secure in here.

The cast are likeable, the soundtrack's dependable, and you can see the plot coming before you sit down to watch it. In fact, if you've seen the trailer, you've pretty much seen the film.

That said, I enjoyed it. It is what it is, and it neither makes nor requires any apologies for itself. Woody Harrelson's pretty much the best thing in it, and he's chronically underused, but again, you get that impression from the trailer.

The film's a lot of fun, satisfying in the short term, but despite what it says in the moment lacks any real emotional depth. Which, given the central theme, is either a little ironic or completely fitting… probably both.

Watch with beer for best effect.

Oh, and it's good to hear Semisonic again.

• ^^^ That's dry, British humour, and most likely sarcasm or facetiousness.

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