12. FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS
Director: Will Gluck
Stars: Mila Kunis, Justin Timberlake, Rashida Jones, Woody Harrelson, Patricia Clarkson, Richard Jenkins, Jenna Elfman, Andy Samberg, Bryan Greenberg
Release Date: July 22
Why we’re excited: As 2011 began, industry insiders questioned whether Friends With Benefits would suffer from conceptual fatigue after the similarly plotted Ashton Kutcher/Natalie Portman rom-com No Strings Attached made its debut six months beforehand. Well, director Will Gluck is in luck, because, while No Strings Attached performed respectably at the box office, the Ivan Reitman-directed flick kind of sucked.
The first trailer for Friends With Benefits alone is funnier, so this story of fuck buddies who eventually fall in love with one another seems to be in its own league. Gluck’s 2010 hit Easy A showed him to be deft with gender-neutral comedy, and the pairing of Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis is just as his-and-her’s appealing. Dudes rarely clam up when it comes to divulging their Timberlake fandom; his music was great and he’s a solid actor (as seen in The Social Network). As for Kunis, we couldn’t think of a better choice to play the ultimate attachment-free sex partner.
Since we’ll be dragging our girls to see every Marvel-backed film this summer, it’s only right that we throw our significant others a bone. And we’ll also take them to see this seemingly foolproof date movie. Zing!