Friends with Benefits is a American romantic comedy film directed by Will Gluckand starring Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis in the lead roles. Over time, they begin to develop deep mutual feelings for each other, only to deny it each time they are together. Principal casting for Friends with Benefits took place over a three-month period from April to July Gluck reworked the original script and plot shortly after casting Timberlake and Kunis.
Friends with Benefits was generally well received by film critics, most of whom praised the chemistry between the lead actors. Dylan comes to New York and after interviewing for the position learns from Jamie that he has been given an offer to work for GQ. Initially skeptical about the job and moving to New York, Dylan eventually agrees to the job after a fun night exploring the city with Jamie. The following day, "Friends with benefits or more" presents Dylan with the contract to sign so she can land her commission for recruiting him.
Not knowing anyone else in the city, he and Jamie quickly develop a strong platonic friendship. One night, they get on the topic of sex and relationships. They come to the conclusion that sex should not come with so many emotional attachments. As they both feel the Friends with benefits or more for a physical connection, they agree to have sex without emotion or commitment.
After several trysts together,
Friends with benefits or more comes to the realization that this is not really what she wants and she would like to start dating again. She tells Dylan that they need to stop. Jamie meets Parker, an oncologistand they begin dating.
After five dates, they consummate their relationship, only to break up the next morning. Trying to be sympathetic and to console her, Dylan suggests she travels with him to California over the Fourth of July weekend, while he visits his family.
Initially hesitant, Jamie agrees after much persistence from Dylan. They fly to Friends with benefits or more Angeles, where Jamie meets his sister Annie, nephew Sammy, and father, who suffers from the early stages of Alzheimer's disease. While in California, they begin to develop strong emotional romantic feelings for each other, and share a passionate kiss, which leads to a night of close intimacy unlike any other they had shared before.
However, the next day, Jamie overhears a conversation between Annie and Dylan, where Annie suspects Dylan and Jamie like each other, though he insists otherwise and says Jamie is too "fucked up" for him to date. Hurt, she flies back to New York. A few days later, Dylan returns to New York, trying to reconcile his friendship with Jamie and find out why she has been ignoring him.
He finally finds Jamie on the top of a building, and she informs him she overheard everything he said and has no interest in maintaining any kind of a friendship with him. Soon after this, Jamie discovers that Dylan may be leaving the GQ position for another job before the year elapses on his contract, which would affect her commission. She confronts Dylan about this, which leads to another argument. Both begin to do some soul searching trying to come to terms with their feelings about their relationship.
Jamie spends time with her mother, Lorna, while Dylan discusses it with Annie over the phone. His sister informs him that their father will be flying to Newark and he needs to be picked up at the airport. While at the airport, his father, in a moment of Alzheimer's-induced confusion, incorrectly recognizes a passer-by as a woman from his past. Dylan asks him about the woman. After regaining his lucidity, "Friends with benefits or more" father says that she Friends with benefits or more a woman he met in the Navy and "the love of my life".
He also states that he regrets decisions he made in his youth to let her go. Dylan's father tells him not to do the same thing, and to reconcile with Jamie if there is any chance of saving the relationship. Dylan realizes how he really feels about Jamie after talking with his father, and decides to go after her; he calls Jamie's mother to set up an excuse to get Jamie to go to Grand Central Station thinking she will be picking up her mother.
He arranges to have a flash mob dance to " Closing Time " set up to surprise Jamie at the station. When the moment comes, he catches up with Jamie and tells her how he really feels.
Surprised and happy by this turn of events, Jamie tells him to kiss her. After sharing a passionate kiss, Dylan suggests it is time they go on their first real date.
Credits adapted from AllMovie and The Guardian. In April "Friends with benefits or more," Justin Timberlake became the first to sign on to the project. Paramount Pictures dropped its original protest against the film after their director, Ivan Reitmanre-titled his film, No Strings Attached. Screen Gems then moved forward with the title Friends with Benefits. At the same time, NBC was developing a sitcom with the same title, but the movie production company stated that due to its production schedule, they didn't expect an issue to arise.
Director Will Gluck spoke about the frustration of comparing the two films, stating: The thing that's irking me now is people are saying we're remaking No Strings Attached. We're not remaking it. The two movies were being made at the same time.