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Friends with Benefits (2011)

  • Rate: 6.6/10 total 116,916 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy | Romance
  • Release Date: 22 July 2011 (USA)
  • Runtime: 109 min
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  • IMDb page: Friends with Benefits (2011)
  • Rate: 6.6/10 total 116,916 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy | Romance
  • Release Date: 22 July 2011 (USA)
  • Runtime: 109 min
  • Filming Location: Los Angeles, California, USA
  • Budget: $35,000,000(estimated)
  • Gross: $55,802,754(USA)(18 September 2011)
  • Director: Will Gluck
  • Stars: Mila Kunis, Justin Timberlake and Patricia Clarkson|See full cast and crew
  • Soundtrack: Closing Time
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital | SDDS | Datasat
  • Plot Keyword: New York | Break Up | Job | Sex | Blog

Writing Credits By:

  • Keith Merryman (screenplay) &
  • David A. Newman (screenplay) and
  • Will Gluck (screenplay)
  • Harley Peyton (story) and
  • Keith Merryman (story) &
  • David A. Newman (story)

Known Trivia

  • Andy Samberg, Justin Timberlake and Patricia Clarkson all previously appeared in the SNL Digital Short/music video for the song “Motherlover”. Clarkson played Timberlake’s mother in it. Emma Stone also previously appeared in an SNL Digital Short. SNL Digital Shorts are pre-taped skits made for Saturday Night Live, which were created by Samberg, Jorma Taccone and Akiva Schaffer.
  • Director Will Gluck’s previous film was Easy A, which features Emma Stone and Patricia Clarkson as mother and daughter.
  • In the scene where Dylan is going to ask the woman on the stairs out, the musician in the plaza with the saxophone is playing “Just a Friend” by Biz Markie.
  • When Jamie (Mila Kunis) is picking up Dylan (Justin Timberlake) up from the airport at the beginning of the film, she uses an old sign to write his name on it. The original name on the sign was O. Penderghast. This stands for Olive Penderghast whom Emma Stone played in Director Will Gluck’s previous movie Easy A. Stone makes a cameo at the beginning of this film as Dylan’s girlfriend.
  • Justin Timberlake’s character Dylan uses a flash mob for a guerrilla advertising campaign for GQ. He also mentions that he had a contract with T-Mobile for 2 years – the first brand to use that technique in Liverpool Street Station, London, UK.
  • “Bryce”, the male lead in the fictional romantic comedy shown throughout the film is played by Jason Segel in an uncredited role. He also appeared as Mila Kunis’s love interest in Forgetting Sarah Marshall and as Justin Timberlake’s romantic rival in Bad Teacher, both romantic comedies.
  • Mila Kunis used a “butt double” for her character’s full nude scene despite the fact that she appears semi-nude in side views in a handful of scenes.
  • Justin Timberlake’s character has a lightning-bolt tattoo, and Mila Kunis’s character wears a lightning-bolt necklace throughout the movie except in the photo-shoot scene when he is angry with her.
  • When playing basketball, Woody Harrelson is shown dunking. This is a nod to one of the subplots of White Men Can’t Jump.
  • In the scene were Mila Kunis’ character, Jamie, is speaking to Patricia Clarkson’s character, Lorna (Jamie’s mother), about the benefits of free love and how people behaved in the 1970s, you can clearly see the movie Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice playing in the background. This is Paul Mazursky’s cinematic homage to free love and ties in nicely to Lorna’s character “free love” spirit.

Goofs: Continuity: After Dylan see's that Jamie has drawn on his face, he gets her back by drawing on her face with a pen with ink that will only show up under a black light. While he's drawing on her face, he makes what looks like a circle around her left eye. When she is shown, later at her meeting, with the drawing Dylan did on her face, there is no circle around her left eye. Some can say it was the eyebrow he drew, but the eyebrow shown drawn on her is not as circular as what was shown when he was drawing on her.

Plot: While trying to avoid the clichés of Hollywood romantic comedies, Dylan and Jamie soon discover however that adding the act of sex to their friendship does lead to complications. Full summary »  »

Story: Jamie (Mila Kunis) is a New York head-hunter trying to sign Los Angeles-based Dylan (Justin Timberlake) for her client. When he takes the job and makes the move, they quickly become friends. Their friendship turns into a friendship with benefits, but with Jamie's emotionally damaged past and Dylan's history of being emotionally unavailable, they have to try to not fall for each other the way Hollywood romantic comedies dictate.Written by napierslogs  

FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Alicia Emmrich known as co-producer
  • Glenn S. Gainor known as executive producer
  • Liz Glotzer known as producer
  • Will Gluck known as producer
  • Martin Shafer known as producer
  • Nicolas Stern known as co-producer
  • Janet Zucker known as producer
  • Jerry Zucker known as producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Justin Timberlake known as Dylan Harper
  • Mila Kunis known as Jamie Rellis
  • Patricia Clarkson known as Lorna
  • Jenna Elfman known as Annie Harper
  • Bryan Greenberg known as Parker
  • Richard Jenkins known as Mr. Harper
  • Woody Harrelson known as Tommy Bollinger
  • Nolan Gould known as Sam
  • Andy Samberg known as Quincy
  • Shaun White known as Himself
  • Andrew Fleming known as Driver
  • Catherine Reitman known as Female Co-Worker
  • Courtney Henggeler known as Flight Attendant
  • Masi Oka known as Darin Arturo Morena
  • Tiya Sircar known as Hostess
  • Christopher T. Wood known as Ira Ungerleider
  • Emma Stone known as Kayla
  • Lili Mirojnick known as Laura
  • Rupak Ginn known as Male Co-Worker (L.A.)
  • Duane R. Shepard Sr. known as Older Man (as Duane Shepard Sr.)
  • Chike Johnson known as Taxi Driver
  • Angelique Cabral known as Pam Niborski
  • Lance Kerfuffle known as Security Guard
  • Jerry Ying known as Photographer
  • Jerry Hyman known as Caricaturist
  • Nick Lee known as Dylan's Neighbor
  • Jason Sung Lee known as Dylan's Friend
  • Michael Morris known as Carriage Driver
  • Brooklyn McLinn known as Policeman
  • Timothy Bish known as Dancer
  • LaJon Dantzler known as Dancer
  • Angel Feliciano known as Dancer
  • Laura Fremont known as Dancer
  • Nicole Guidetti known as Dancer
  • Alicia Mazepa known as Dancer
  • Mayumi Miguel known as Dancer
  • Jermaine Montell known as Dancer
  • Joanna Numata known as Dancer
  • Danielle Polanco known as Dancer
  • Wes Pope known as Dancer
  • Steven Rosa known as Dancer
  • Seth Stewart known as Dancer
  • DeAnna Walters known as Dancer
  • Adam Zotovich known as Dancer
  • William Patrick Brown known as Passenger (uncredited)
  • Ryan Dodson known as Airport Passanger (uncredited)
  • Tammy Dugen known as DeeDee (uncredited)
  • Amanda Gist known as Airport Businesswoman (uncredited)
  • Teresa Hui known as Dancer (uncredited)
  • Rashida Jones known as Maddison (uncredited)
  • Zack Kibria known as Airport Traveler (uncredited)
  • Jeremy McLain known as Chess Player (uncredited)
  • Hannibal Miles known as Dancer (uncredited)
  • Sindy Nurse known as Times Square Dancer (uncredited)
  • Usman Ojibara known as Party Patron (uncredited)
  • Evelina Pereira known as Belgian Girl (uncredited)
  • Alex Phillip known as Classmate / Reception Guest (uncredited)
  • Agueda Ramirez known as Flash Mob Extra (uncredited)
  • Shane Schoeppner known as Airport Diner (uncredited)
  • Jason Segel known as Brice (uncredited)
  • Naeem Uzimann known as Hallal Food Vendor (uncredited)
  • Barbara Vincent known as Flash Mob (Grand Central) (uncredited)
  • James Wallington known as Photographer's Assistant (uncredited)
  • Bryan Williams known as Dancer (uncredited)



Supporting Department

Makeup Department:

  • Jason Green known as hair stylist
  • Adruitha Lee known as department head hair
  • Tracey Levy known as makeup artist: Ms. Kunis
  • Tracy Manzo known as key makeup artist
  • Rosemary Redlin known as additional makeup artist
  • Thea Samuels known as additional makeup artist
  • Calvin Scott known as makeup artist
  • Lynn Tully known as hair stylist
  • Michelle Vittone known as makeup department head
  • David Waterman known as makeup artist
  • Carla White known as hair stylist: New York

Art Department:

  • Sharon E. Alshams known as model maker
  • Fred Apolito known as propmaker
  • James Davidson Bennett known as set dresser
  • Stephen H. Carter known as art director: New York
  • Randy L. Childs known as propmaker foreman
  • Jack Cornelius known as set dresser
  • Robert Danté Denne known as paint supervisor
  • Natalie N. Dorset known as assistant property master: New York unit
  • Jay Dupuy known as plaster department head
  • Josh Forster known as art department assistant
  • Neil Garland known as gangboss
  • Peter Gelfman known as property master
  • Paul Gelinas known as assistant art director: New York
  • Eric Helmin known as production assistant
  • John Herbert known as paint gangboss
  • Karen Higgins known as construction coordinator
  • Arlo Hoffman known as greens
  • John B. Josselyn known as assistant art director
  • Tina Khayat known as art department coordinator: New York
  • Steven Kissick known as general foreman
  • Anthony Klaiman known as set dresser
  • Al Lewis known as assistant art director
  • Shea Marcus known as art department assistant
  • Joe Mason known as storyboard artist
  • Sergey Mazurov known as propmaker
  • Jessica McDonald known as set dresser
  • Fleur Nooyen known as set buyer
  • Paris P. Pickard known as art department coordinator
  • Rebecca Rosenthal known as assistant property master
  • Steven Seine known as leadman
  • Trey Shaffer known as graphic designer
  • Chad Simpson known as paint gang boss
  • Vladimir Spasojevic known as production illustrator
  • Lindsay Tomlinson known as props
  • Tommy Tomlinson known as property master
  • Jonaszen Yao known as art department intern
  • Julie Youngblood known as art assistant
  • Tammy DeRuiter known as painter (uncredited)
  • Matthew King known as assistant food stylist (uncredited)
  • Jack White known as food stylist (uncredited)




Production Companies:

  • Screen Gems (presents)
  • Castle Rock Entertainment
  • Zucker Productions (as Zucker)
  • Olive Bridge Entertainment

Other Companies:

  • BT Industrial Supply  expendables
  • California Film Commission  special thanks
  • Central Casting  extras casting
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  camera cranes
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  camera dollies
  • Digital Media Services (DMS)  digital marketing asset management
  • Direct Tools & Fasteners  expendables
  • Dolby Laboratories  sound mix
  • Film Art  artwork
  • Filmtools  expendables
  • Henry's International Cuisine  catering
  • Hollywood Rentals Productions Services  grip and lighting equipment
  • Hula Post  editing systems
  • Madison Gate Records  soundtrack
  • Monster Picture Crane  stunt rigging crane
  • Picture Mill, The  main and end titles
  • Reel Security  production security


  • Columbia TriStar Warner Filmes de Portugal (2011) (Portugal) (theatrical)
  • Feelgood Entertainment (2011) (Greece) (theatrical)
  • Screen Gems (2011) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Sony Pictures Entertainment (2011) (Japan) (theatrical)
  • Sony Pictures Releasing Canada (2011) (Canada) (theatrical)
  • Sony Pictures Releasing (2011) (Argentina) (theatrical)
  • Sony Pictures Releasing (2011) (Belgium) (theatrical)
  • Sony Pictures Releasing (2011) (Germany) (theatrical)
  • Sony Pictures Releasing (2011) (France) (theatrical)
  • Sony Pictures Releasing (2011) (UK) (theatrical)
  • Sony Pictures Releasing (2011) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
  • Sony Pictures Releasing (2011) (Singapore) (theatrical)
  • FX Network (2013) (USA) (TV) (cable)
  • Film1 (2012) (Netherlands) (TV) (limited)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2012) (Argentina) (DVD)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2012) (Argentina) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2012) (Netherlands) (DVD)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2012) (Netherlands) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2011) (USA) (DVD)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2011) (USA) (DVD) (Blu-ray)



Other Stuff

Visual Effects by:

  • Akemi Abe known as visual effects artist
  • Jon Anastasiades known as digital compositor
  • Mandy Arnold known as digital restoration artist
  • Travis Baumann known as visual effects artist
  • Tara C. Beavers known as visual effects coordinator
  • Jonathan Block known as open title sequence
  • Raoul Bolognini known as visual effects producer
  • Joey Bonander known as visual effects coordinator
  • Safeer Ghaznavi known as digital compositor
  • James David Hattin known as digital compositor
  • Ed Holdsworth known as digital compositor
  • Ralph Maiers known as visual effects supervisor: Zoic BC
  • Fumi Mashimo known as digital compositor
  • Jesse Morrow known as visual effects artist
  • John P. Nugent known as visual effects artist
  • Nathan Overstrom known as digital compositor
  • Rocco Passionino known as visual effects supervisor
  • Rob Price known as digital compositor
  • Tyagi Reetuj known as digital compositor
  • Chris Roff known as visual effects producer
  • Prasanna Siddharthan known as digital compositor: Gradient FX
  • Olcun Tan known as executive visual effects producer: Gradient Effects
  • Thomas Tannenberger known as visual effects supervisor: Gradient Effects
  • Jayme Vandusen known as compositor
  • Lauren Weidel known as visual effects coordinator
  • Amy W. Wong known as compositor
  • Mark Stetson known as senior visual effects supervisor: Zoic Studios (uncredited)
  • Tom Zils known as digital compositor (uncredited)

Release Date:

  • Canada 22 July 2011
  • USA 22 July 2011
  • Kazakhstan 28 July 2011
  • Bulgaria 29 July 2011
  • Switzerland 5 August 2011 (Locarno Film Festival)
  • Australia 18 August 2011
  • Portugal 25 August 2011
  • Russia 25 August 2011
  • Armenia 28 August 2011
  • Uruguay 2 September 2011
  • France 7 September 2011
  • Switzerland 7 September 2011 (French speaking region)
  • Argentina 8 September 2011
  • Czech Republic 8 September 2011
  • Denmark 8 September 2011
  • Germany 8 September 2011
  • Israel 8 September 2011
  • Switzerland 8 September 2011 (German speaking region)
  • India 9 September 2011
  • Ireland 9 September 2011
  • UK 9 September 2011
  • Venezuela 9 September 2011
  • Belgium 14 September 2011
  • Mexico 16 September 2011
  • Panama 16 September 2011
  • Sweden 16 September 2011
  • Croatia 22 September 2011
  • Hungary 22 September 2011
  • Malaysia 22 September 2011
  • Netherlands 22 September 2011
  • Slovenia 22 September 2011
  • Estonia 23 September 2011
  • Norway 23 September 2011
  • Poland 23 September 2011
  • Spain 23 September 2011
  • Turkey 23 September 2011
  • Philippines 28 September 2011
  • Chile 29 September 2011
  • Greece 29 September 2011
  • Singapore 29 September 2011
  • Brazil 30 September 2011
  • Finland 30 September 2011
  • Japan 1 October 2011
  • Lithuania 7 October 2011
  • Switzerland 7 October 2011 (Italian speaking region)
  • Hong Kong 13 October 2011
  • Italy 14 October 2011

MPAA: Rated R for some violent content and brief sexuality



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