Friends with Benefits

Theatrical Release: July 22, 2011
Friends with Benefits


A young female headhunter (Mila Kunis) in New York convinces a potential recruit (Justin Timberlake) to accept a job in the Big Apple. Despite an attraction to each other, both realize they’re everything they’ve been running from in a relationship and decide to see what happens if they leave emotion out of it and keep it strictly physical.

Dove Review

Wow, and I mean “wow” in a, sadly, bad way. This film is likely to offend several people. There are several references to casual sex, a female character asks a man to swear on a Bible app on her electronic device that he won’t fall for her if they have casual sex, and a man who is attracted to a male model refers to him as a “Christ figure” because he kind of stumbles forward with his arms outstretched in a manner which suggests crucifixion. In addtion there is rear male nudity so we want to caution viewers that this is a far cry from what one would define as a “family-friendly-film”.

There are a couple of laughs along the way but even though the movie is rated R, and intended for adults, there is definitely a section of movie-goers who would not find this one a pleasant experience. Avoid this one like a cow patty.

Content Description

Sex: Kissing and sex between unmarried couple; a couple is seen groping each other; implied oral sex; a man is attracted to some male models and refers to one as a "Christ figure" which will upset a lot of people; a lot of frank sexual comments and innuendos; a misunderstanding with a gay man; talk of porno sites and a photo of a woman wearing little in a sexually suggestive position; talk of casual sex.
Language: GD-3; G/OMG-3; JC-1; F-28 (3 used in a sexual way); S-27; Slang for male genitalia-7; Slang for female genitalia-3; Slang for breasts-2; A-11; D-4; H-2; MLF acronym-1
Violence: A sports star threatens to do bodily harm against a character at an outdoor bar;a character jokes about ripping a man's ears off and then stapling them to his neck; a few disagreements between characters; a woman in jealousy threatens to cut another woman; a man trips in a restaurant and falls.
Drugs: A lot of drinking scenes including wine, vodka, beer, a few drunken characters and characters with hangovers; a character mimes "smoking" a cigarette as part of an act; a couple of references by characters as to having smoked marijuana in the past and "sniffing glue"; a character jokes he has heroin hidden in his rear.
Nudity: Male rear nudity; woman's bra is seen; shirtless men; man seen in underwear; cleavage; photo of woman wearing little in a sexually suggestive position.
Other: A man takes a taste of tea and doesn't like it and spits it out and hits a person on the street with the spit; a reference to going to the bathroom; disrespect shown by and to some characters; a woman has a male swear on a Bible app on her electronic device that he won't fall for her if they have casual sex.


Company: Sony/Screen Gems
Writer: Keith Merryman & David A. Newman
Director: Will Gluck
Producer: Liz Glotzer
Genre: Comedy
Runtime: 109 min.
Industry Rating: R
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter