‘Friends with Benefits’: Don’t call it a rom-com

Mila Kunis as "Jamie" and Justin Timberlake as "Dylan" in Screen Gems' 'Friends with Benefits.'

Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis want people talking about their new movie, “Friends with Benefits.” Just don’t call it a romantic comedy.

“We always thought of it more as comedy than a romantic comedy,” says Kunis. “If anything, it was a buddy comedy with a little romance in it. Because you care about the characters and you watch the characters fall in love, but it’s not your stereotypical romantic comedy.”

Timberlake is on the same page about the film, about two love-weary friends who embark on a sexual relationship without all that messy romance stuff. “I don’t know that we’ve ever treated it like a romantic comedy or a slacker comedy. To me, funny is funny and not funny is not funny,” he says.
“And so we just wanted to find the funny in all these situations, and that’s how we treated this.”

“Friends with Benefits” marks a major milestone for both Timberlake and Kunis, as it’s the first time either has top-lined a film. The lead has to come with new pressures, but Timberlake insists they’re quickly pushed aside. “We deal with those demons before we sign contracts. After you commit to the movie, you have to let all that stuff go,” he says, though he admits having Kunis along for the ride was a huge help. “That was a little bit of a comfort, knowing that you were going to be sharing the bill and the comedy and the whole movie with a counterpart,” he adds. “There’s never a moment in this movie where it’s just one of us out there by ourselves.”


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