Two films made in the same year – after the triumphant record of Oscar nominations for Black Swan with Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis. The two actresses separated after the film, where they played two dancers competing for the leading role in the ballet and then both took part in two identical projects. The two films have to be looked at together given they treat the same concept – of physical relationships without actual personal or emotional involvement.
Very surprisingly, it was the film with Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake that had any depth at all. I was very surprised that Natalie Portman agreed to take a shallow and flat role of the character in No Strings Attached alongside Ashton Kutcher. None of the two films had my expectations high, or should I say I had absolutely no expectiations. Yet Friends with Benefits is a quite ok film, whereas No Strings Attached is a total kitschy flop.
Dear readers – do not watch any of the two films, but if you really want to, pick Friends with Benefits.