Chris Schulz is the deputy head of entertainment for the New Zealand Herald.

DVD review: Friends with Benefits

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Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis in Friends with Benefits. Photo / Supplied
Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis in Friends with Benefits. Photo / Supplied

She's only in the film for five minutes, but that's all it takes for Emma Stone to prove yet again why she's the funniest girl in Hollywood.

Stone pops up briefly at the beginning of this so-so romantic comedy, but steals the show as the pissed-off girlfriend of Justin Timberlake's character Dylan, who she hilariously dumps outside a John Mayer concert.

After the split, Dylan - a blogger head hunted by GQ magazine - moves to New York for his new job and becomes firm friends with Jamie (Mila Kunis).

The pair decide to take their friendship to the bedroom - and attempt to bypass the usual emotional attachments.

It's not that Timberlake and Kunis are bad. The pair have plenty of chemistry and even conjure up a few belly laughs during some of the film's more awkward moments.

But the one-note plot can't help but descend into romantic comedy cliches, with the film's final third becoming predictably painful. There are no surprises here.

And when the film opens with someone as good as Stone, you can't help but spend most of the movie thinking that everyone else just seems to be lacking her X factor.

Extras: Deleted scenes, outtakes, and a commentary with Timberlake, Kunis and director Will Gluck.

Rating: 2.5/5

- Herald online

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