A middle-aged husband's life changes dramatically when his wife asks him for a divorce.
He seeks to rediscover his manhood with the help of a newfound friend, Jacob, learning to pick up girls at bars.
He plays the character ridiculously over-the-top, but never feels like he is encroaching on any stereotypes.
I was genuinely surprised at just how much I was enjoying the film, and how well co-writer/director Will Gluck (who knocked Easy A out of the park last year) helped capture the tropes and stereotypes of romantic comedies, and went entirely against them.See more » I was unsure what to expect going into Friends with Benefits at an advanced screening a few weeks ago. Jamie (Kunis) is a headhunter in New York City who helps aspiring graphic design artist Dylan (Justin Timberlake) land a prestigious job at GQ.It always seemed a bit too close in plot to No Strings Attached (made extra odd as the female leads Mila Kunis and Natalie Portman had literally just starred together in Black Swan), a film that came out less than six months ago, and while the trailers looked amusing, they seemed to look a little too close to an atypical romantic comedy. They become good friends, and after a discussion about their relationship failures, decide to start having sex without the relationship schmaltz (hence the titular phrase).The film then becomes drastically more dramatic, a lot less sweet, and significantly more ordinary.Even the laughs suffer, landing less with a snicker and more with a groan.Adding in a couple of random cameos from notable actors was a bit wacky (which the trailers have ruined slightly), but helped add to the humour.