- Cast: Mila Kunis, Justin Timberlake, Emma Stone, Rashida Jones, Woody Harrelson, Jenna Elfman, Richard Jenkins, Patricia Clarkson, Andy Samberg, Bryan Greenberg, David Walton, Nolan Gould, Tiya Sircar, Courtney Henggeler, Shaun White, Lili Mirojnick, Tammy Dugen, James Schram, Evelina Pereira, Angelique Cabral, Jessica Blair Herman, Cameron Cash, Jerry Ying, Gustavo Cunha, Steven Rosa, Ebony C. Duncan
- Director: Will Gluck
- Writers: Keith Merryman, David A. Newman, Will Gluck, Harley Peyton, Keith Merryman, David A. Newman
- Producers: Liz Glotzer, Will Gluck, Martin Shafer, Janet Zucker, Jerry Zucker
- Co Producers: Alicia Emmrich, Nicolas Stern
- Executive Producer: Glenn S. Gainor
- Art Direction: Bo Johnson
- Casting: Lisa Miller Katz
- Costume Design: Renee Ehrlich Kalfus
- D.O.P.: Michael Grady
- Editor: Tia Nolan
- Makeup: Michelle Vittone
- Music: Halli Cauthery
- Production Design: Marcia Hinds
- Set Decorations: Cindy Coburn, Alyssa Winter
A young female headhunter in New York convinces a potential recruit 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.
- Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
- Filming Locations: Los Angeles, USA
- MPAA Warning: Sexual content and language
- Production Budget: $35 million
- Production Companies: Castle Rock Entertainment, Screen Gems, Zucker Productions
- Production Schedule: July 2010 - September 2010
2011 Guide Analysis: "The second of two films opening next year with a similar premise, the other being Ivan Reitman's "No Strings Attached" with Ashton Kutcher and Natalie Portman, this one boasts a better behind the scenes pedigree and a stronger supporting cast including Woody Harrelson, Patricia Clarkson, Richard Jenkins, Emma Stone, Jenna Elfman, Andy Samberg and cameos by Jason Segel and Rashida Jones.
Though his first film "Fired Up" wasn't a success, filmmaker Will Gluck became a name to look out for with this year's smart high school comedy "Easy A". Here he directs and is performing a polish on the script by Keith Merryman and David Newman. The choice of Justin Timberlake and "Black Swan" scene stealer Mila Kunis in the lead roles is a bold one, neither are proven box-office draws but both are strong talents with excellent comedic timing and a good chemistry together judging by the trailers.
Whereas 'Strings' plays to rom-com conventions, 'Friends' is much more a self-aware deconstruction of the genre. Gluck calls it a modern-set classic Hepburn and Tracy production where the characters have romantics histories, are well versed on the rom-com conventions they see in movies, and frequently comment on them and parallels with their own lives.
There's also no shyness about the title, Timberlake saying "I don’t want to walk into a movie called ‘Friends with Benefits’ and see the PG-13 version. For me, you can’t have a movie like that without embracing what the title is." Screen Gems is opting for a key late July release which should help make this a welcome alternative for adults to the big fantasy blockbusters dominating at the time."