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3 1/2 stars out of 4
This movie is well worth the price of admission. Notwithstanding the lame name, the movie stands up and delivers nicely and much of the success goes to the lead actors Justin Timberlake (Dylan) and the attractive and engaging co-star Mila Kunis (Jamie). What a pair they merge into, despite their innocent beginnings. However, love is not innocent, as they shall see. The movie is very well written, including some clever adult dialogue. The supporting cast is superb, especially the likes of stalwarts such as Richard Jenkins (Mr. Harper, Dylan's Dad) and Patricia Clarkston (Loma, Jamie's Mom).
Dylan is a hot advertising/magazine commodity who is persuaded by Jamie to move to New York from LA. Once there they pledge to be "just friends" but love gets into the middle of a great friendship and drama ensues from all fronts. Some of the ebb and flows are a bit Mickey Mouse, but the movie has just enough ergs to get to the finish line without a serious limp.
-- Rick Wright, Auburn
3 stars out of 4
I entered the theater with low expectations, especially after the very mediocre review I had previously read. Expectations continued to be a prominent theme of the movie: Expectations of family, friendship, dating relationships and marriage.
Enter Justin Timberlake (Dylan) and Mila Kunis (Jamie), each jilted and jaded in recent dating relationships. Jamie's frustration with romantic relationships reaches a new level of irritation as she and a girlfriend vent about dating relationships gone wrong, and pass movie posters of Katherine Heigl from a romantic comedy.
Their friendship develops easily, yet neither want to commit to a dating relationship. So in lieu of dating, they become "sex buddies" with no intention of emotional or romantic entanglement.
Both main characters have some fantastic lines, well delivered with a dose of comedic humor. "FWB" exceeds the boundaries for the category of "romantic comedy," so I wouldn't characterize this movie as a "chick flick," but more as a comedy for anyone to enjoy.
-- Cathryn Veal, Lawrenceville
3 stars out of 4
"Justin-licous." The on-screen chemistry between Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis is playful, sexy and comical. Both actors show their ability to carry a lead role. Although predictable, the movie is entertaining. If you don't see it on the big screen, it's a good rental for a date night at home. There were lots of men in the theater who were laughing and enjoying the movie just as much as the women were.
-- Kelly Cain, Lawrenceville