98. Friends with Benefits / 99. Trespass

It’s been a long, long time since I’ve seen a new “half-way good” romantic comedy.  On the surface, Friends with Benefits looks like possibly dangerous material to the brain – but I took a chance.

A hotshot L.A. blogger (Justin Timberlake) is being recruited by a sassy corporate headhunter (Mila Kunis) to be the editor of GQ Magazine in Manhattan.  With both of them recently being dumped by irrational losers (Andy Samberg and Emma Stone, respectively), they are on the emotional mend and decide to take their chances on a strictly platonic physical relationship, with no “emotions” involved.  I’m sure you can tell where this is headed.

Surprisingly, I enjoyed this lighthearted escapism and the non-traditional twist to the romantic comedy genre.  Timberlake has obviously proved by now that he is a dependable leading man, and he delivers his character with sufficient charm and likability.  Mila Kunis is also a delight to watch on the screen with both her and her co-star playing well off of each other for a few laughs and undeniable chemistry.  If you’re in the mood for a few easy laughs and mindless entertainment (or if you’re a fan of Timberlake and Kunis) I think you’ll really enjoy Friends with Benefits.

3.5 stars out of 5

In our second review for the day (just a couple days left to finish my 100 Films project!! it’s almost over!!) we have Trespass starring Nicolas Cage and Nicole Kidman.  This film must have been sent straight to home video as I have no recollection of this being in the theatres, or being advertised at all – for many good reasons.

Nicolas Cage plays a high rolling diamond broker with little else on his mind than hustling and living the high life.  His wife, (Nicole Kidman) is bored in every possible way and spends her days toiling around their gawdy mansion and flirting with the house workers.  Little to their knowledge, they have been stalked by a ruthless group of bandits who end up robbing them one night and hold the family hostage in their sprawling estate – until they open the family safe that is allegedly full of diamonds and cash.

While I didn’t necessarily hate this film, it felt like a rushed production for Cinemax.  Nicolas Cage is at his least likable (if you can imagine that) as a greedy scumbag who seems to care little for his family as they are held hostage.  Nicole Kidman is also un-engaging and seems to have just picked up the project for a paycheck.  Although the suspense is steady but predictable, Trespass just feels cheap and soulless.  Avoid this film at all costs, unless there’s just absolutely nothing else to watch.

(barely) 2 stars out of 5


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3 Comments on “98. Friends with Benefits / 99. Trespass”

  1. December 28, 2011 at 10:15 am #

    Reblogged this on stamatov86 and commented:
    The only thing i don’t like about it is that they took the whole idea from “No Strings Attached” (starring Ashton Kutcher & Natalie Portman).

    • December 28, 2011 at 10:44 am #

      Good point, but Kutcher (to me) is just intolerable! Not sure I would be willing to give that one a shot:)

  2. December 28, 2011 at 6:33 pm #

    What’s really odd about this is that Harley Peyton helped write the screenplay for Friends With Benefits…

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