Friends with Benefits boasts an impressive cast, many of whom have worked together before. In fact, three of the members starred in one of Saturday Night Live‘s greatest Digital Shorts of the last few years: “Motherlover,” the 2009 ode to porking your best friend’s mom in lieu of a proper Mother’s Day gift. You may not have noticed the alignment of these stars since Justin Timberlake and Andy Samberg aren’t sporting fake beards and jauntily-perched sunglasses, but Patricia Clarkson seems to be channeling her naughty mom in playing Mila Kunis‘ kinky madre with her “bad little pony” lover Aubrey. It seems like just yesterday that JT was pimping her out to his buddy Andy.
So where’s Susan Sarandon? More
I know, I know — your first reaction is probably the one that I had. “This is old news! We already know these movies are dealing with the same best-friends-sleep-together-then-fall-in-love story.” But neither of us is as awesome as The Blind Film Critic, who mashed up the two trailers to show that even the perspective shots are the exact same. (OK, so he probably didn’t make it himself, but he had someone combine the trailers to show the truth.) More
It’s a good thing that the Natalie Portman/Ashton Kutcher take on emotionally-uncomplicated sex, No Strings Attached, came out in January, because it wouldn’t have stood a chance next to the Mila Kunis/Justin Timberlake competitor Friends with Benefits. Maybe it’s the fact that it has the more blunt, self-assured title. The supporting cast — Emma Stone as Timberlake’s ex, Patricia Clarkson playing Kunis’ quirky, S&M-practicing mom — is a big draw. And unlike Strings, where part of the awkwardness came from Portman and Kutcher’s characters getting in touch every few years, When Harry Met Sally-style, Timberlake and Kunis’ characters seem to be actual friends who are attracted to each other. More
Last night we hit the NYC premiere of Cairo Time, starring Patricia Clarkson and Alexander Siddig. The film originally premiered at film festivals in 2009, and will now be released at selected theaters on August 6. Patricia plays Juliette, a … More