Friends With Benefits : Mila Kunis
"Friends With Benefits," the thematic and infinitely superior double of "No Strings Attached," in which Portman co-starred with Ashton Kutcher that First Mila Kunis stole every scene she shared with Natalie Portman bravura ballet drama "Black Swan." Now Kunis steals Portman's thunder.
Watch your back, Natalie. Mila's nipping at your heels like a sexy, smoky-voiced Corgi.
Portman and Kutcher generated zero heat in that tale of sex-buddies who turn out to be soul mates, Kunis and Justin Timberlake fairly set the screen on fire as cynics who agree to use each other for physical gratification - and knows rom-com connoisseurs know better than to buy the friends-only bushwah. But he and co-writers Keith Merryman, David A. Newman and Harley Peyton adroitly address, by making Kunis's character.
A hard-driving media headhunter named Jamie, a savvy consumer of romantic comedy cliches, who is nonetheless powerless to resist their happily-ever-after promises.
The secret to the success of "Friends With Benefits" is that Kunis and Timberlake not only capture the joshing ease of platonic friendship.
Kunis gets the showier role in "Friends With Benefits," Timberlake proves a quietly charming stalking horse, finally claiming and fully spotlight with a hilarious homage to the 1990s rap duo Kriss Kross.
Manhattan atmosphere and believable chemistry in "Friends With Benefits," Gluck almost single-handedly destroys it with cheap-looking cinematography and hyper-active.
If "Friends With Benefits" ultimately succumbs to the very sins it so cleverly deconstructs, it still commits those infractions with a welcome degree of wit and, when it slows down enough, spirited flair.