The first trailer for Friends With Benefits, the sexy romantic comedy starring Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis as single friends who start a romance-free physical relationship, went right for the raunch. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but now there’s a second, new trailer, and I’m so psyched to say that this preview makes the movie look sweeter, funnier, and just plain better. (Whether it’ll be better than the remarkably similar January release No Strings Attached with Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher remains to be seen.) Here’s why:
It’s funnier. I definitely laughed at the first trailer, but this clip has so many more bits I appreciated. And they come evenly from Kunis and Timberlake, proving that they make an excellent comedy team as well as a ridiculously good-looking couple.
It’s not trying so hard. Unlike the first trailer, it doesn’t rely on nudity or F-bombs to intrigue its audience.
The supporting cast gets their due. We finally get to see Andy Samberg and Emma Stone as Kunis and Timberlake’s exes, respectively. Other actors I love are also revealed, including Woody Harrelson as JT’s BFF and Patricia Clarkson as Kunis’s mom.
Timberlake sings Kriss Kross. Extra points rewarded for the authentic-seeming vintage photo in that scene.
Sound good to you? Watch the new trailer and let me know if you agree when you read more.
When the first Friends With Benefits trailer was released, the casual-sex rom-com was still in danger of being eclipsed by identical-seeming casual-sex rom-com No Strings Attached. And while the latter has done reasonably well at the box office, it didn’t quite become an all-encompassing cultural force, quoted in airport bathroom lines and Quiznos staff break rooms worldwide. That means Friends still has a shot to be the one casual-sex rom-com everyone remembers: the Armageddon to Strings’ Deep Impact, the Prefontaine to its Without Limits, the Dante’s Peak to its Volcano. Things working in Friends’ favor: cameos from Andy Samberg and Emma Stone; Patricia Clarkson, fondling Justin Timberlake (aforementioned S&M Clarkson, not as much); JT in braids, possibly from leftover ‘N Sync promo shots; Mila Kunis, in character, getting worked up about Katherine Heigl. Things not: Jenna Elfman, 39, playing the woman who gave Justin Timberlake, 30, birth. Not a bad tally!
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