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Review: Friends With Benefits (2011)

DIRECTOR: Will Gluck.

CAST: Justin Timberlake, Mila Kunis, Patricia Clarkson, Jenna Elfman, Richard Jenkins, Woody Harrelson, Bryan Greenberg, Nolan Gould, Shaun White, Andy Samberg, Emma Stone.

SYNOPSIS: After Jamie (Kunis) headhunts Dylan (Timberlake) for a job at GQ Magazine, the two become best friends after she spends a lot of time showing LA boy Dylan around the Big Apple. The relationship soon becomes physical and they are left answering that eternal question – can bed buddies be best buddies?

After loving every second of 2010’s Easy A, Will Gluck’s Friends With Benefits had a lot to live up to. It may not be superior to the Emma Stone-starrer, but it sure as hell tries its hardest and for the most part this pays off. With some brilliant back-and-forth from the minute Dylan and Jamie are introduced, it’s clear that Gluck hasn’t lost his touch with recurring jokes on scientology, John Mayer, Harry Potter and the Hudson River plane landing hitting all the right notes. Continue reading

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Review: One Day (2011)

DIRECTOR: Lone Scherfig.

CAST: Anne Hathaway, Jim Sturgess, Rafe Spall, Romola Garai, Ken Stott, Patricia Clarkson, Tom Mison, Jodie Whittaker, Georgia King, Matt Berry.

SYNOPSIS: Emma (Hathaway) and Dexter (Sturgess) spend the night together after graduating from University. However, there is more talking and cuddling than actual funny business, so they agree to just be friends. We view glimpses of where they are on the same date each year – sometimes together, sometimes not.

First thing’s first. Anne Hathaway’s accent is nowhere near as abysmal as the masses are proclaiming. Granted, you have to fight hard to find the great Northern nuggets within her dialogue, but at least she doesn’t lapse into American. Let’s just say it’s as if she’s spent her life flitting between most of the counties within the UK. At her best when torn between the man she lives with and the man she loves, Hathaway shows real moments of fragility and confusion as Emma, as we track her from graduate to homeowner and beyond. However, it is Jim Sturgess as her best friend Dexter who has the edge in One Day. Continue reading