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Friday
Jul222011

'Captain America,' 'Friends with Benefits' Open Friday

Comstock Images/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Here's a look at the new movies opening nationwide Friday:

-- Captain America: The First Avenger: In Marvel's latest superhero film, Chris Evans' Steve Rogers takes part in an experiment that transforms him into the titular shield-wielding World War II super-soldier.  Gossip Girl's Sebastian Stan, Hayley Atwell, Tommy Lee Jones, Stanley Tucci and Hugo Weaving also star in the movie, which is screening in 3D.  Rated PG-13.

-- Friends with Benefits: Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis play two friends who decide to have a sexual relationship with no strings attached, whereupon hilarity ensues.  Patricia Clarkson, Jenna Elfman, Richard Jenkins and Woody Harrelson also star.  Rated R.

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Thursday
Jul212011

Movie Review: 'Friends with Benefits'

A.M.P.A.S./ABC via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- There's a moment of doubt in Friends with Benefits and it came in the film’s opening moments. We see Justin Timberlake as Dylan, an art director for a blog, address his staff. An attempt to show Timberlake as affable, charming and funny feels more like a harbinger of doom: the scene comes off about as sincere as Rush Limbaugh reading a bedtime story to Nancy Pelosi.  Remarkably, Timberlake makes a Herculean recovery, proving to be, in fact, affable, charming and funny.
 
Dylan then flies to New York to meet Mila Kunis' Jamie, who Dylan will later describe as "fast-talking and brusque."  Jamie is a headhunter and believes Dylan to be a perfect fit as the new art director for GQ. Dylan's not so sure -- not about the job, about New York City.  The two bond when Jamie shows him the Big Apple including a quiet rooftop that is, Jamie claims, the only place in New York City where you can see the stars.  Jamie does her job and convinces Dylan to take the gig -- but of course, their relationship is about to become more personal.
 
After many nights of drinking, watching movies and going to parties, Jamie and Dylan decide to become sex partners, aka "friends with benefits," swearing on an iPad Bible app that there will be "no relationship, no emotions -- just sex. Whatever happens, we stay friends."  Predictably, just like in the recent film No Strings Attached, this promise is tested -- fortunately, in much funnier fashion.
 
Patricia Clarkson and Woody Harrelson both get big laughs as B-characters. Clarkson as Jamie's flaky, cougar mom and Harrelson as the macho gay sports editor of GQ. The dialogue occasionally gets a little too cute with pop culture references but ultimately, Friends with Benefits will win you over.  Timberlake and Kunis prove to be as funny as they are sexy.

Four out of five stars.

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