Just Friends

2005

Action / Comedy / Romance

99
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 41%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 72%
IMDb Rating 6.2 10 91473

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Cast

Ryan Reynolds as Chris Brander
Anna Faris as Samantha James
Amy Smart as Jamie Palamino
Ashley Scott as Janice
720p.BLU
600.37 MB
1280*720
English
PG-13
23.976 fps
1hr 36 min
P/S 10 / 109

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by John Brooks 9 / 10

The chick-flick that's actually WELL WORTH WATCHING (!)

We all come across that film that usually belongs to a very stale and processed genre, which promotion and poster and actor lineup seem tedious in and of themselves... but that is actually really good. Hidden gems, if you will. It's a matter of the actors establishing good chemistry on the set, a real feeling of coziness and cohesiveness among the crew like the director and entire cast had time to grow into a comfort zone and produce a fully matured product with caricatured but detailed characters, an original soundtrack, etc.

It's the sort of flick that wouldn't be anything without its very definite humor and gags though, despite the main narrative being actually quite original and a now cult classic theme (if not original, then one of the main "friendzone" concept films surely), and whether you like him or not, Ryan Reynolds brings his personal and unique touch to every movie set he enters. He and Anna Faris are hilarious here, some scenes genuinely some of the funniest stuff from that entire cinematic era I can think of and surely connected on a purely humorous level where they were completely comfortable around each other and managed some of the best onscreen one-two combo comedy. They'd also played together in "Waiting..." that same year, so, good chemistry and good complementary back and forth.

Amy Smart does well also as the warm college crush/sweetheart many of us had growing up, but it's really the secondary characters that give this movie a major boost and fill in the blanks with comedic gusto when the protagonists aren't hogging up all the airtime: Chris Brander's mom (played by Julie Hagerty) is hilarious and hits so close to home as the overly naive and preoccupied mom ("well honey what on earth are you doing over at Joyce's ?!" -"be yourselllllffff !"), Dusty Dinkleman (Chris Klein): absolutely hilarious character. And you know the movie makers put in genuine heart and effort when the film has its own batch of original songs that depict a character's flaws: "When Jamie Smiles" as the "stalker's national anthem", or Samantha James' "Forgiveness". And then of course Reynolds in the intro (full version later during the ending credits) delivers the single most hilarious and comprehensively demolished singing-simulation cover I've ever seen of that deliciously putrid song "I swear" by..whatever boy's band at the time. The relationship Brander has with his most annoying and immature little brother also adds to the good fun and the relatable quality of the overall picture.

Whenever this film given its nature was supposed to run out of funny-steam, it kept going - whenever it was supposed to finally look like a cardboard Hollywood disposable comedy, it held up well enough - whenever the cheesiness was supposed to kick in hard, it managed to keep its composure and not sell out. It manages to tell the truest story, deliver a genuine moral that doesn't collapse or sell itself too fast, while being quite honestly very funny even hilarious in parts and never stutter with its pace.

This is surely too high a rating, but for this sort of film it indeed doesn't get much better than this: 9/10.

Reviewed by dandllarsen 1 / 10

Horrible

This movie is nothing but slapstick, stupid pratfalls, and gross jokes. I regret buying it, I regret the time I spent watching it, and I will never watch it again. The storyline is sad and unbelievable with nonprofit he Malory whatsoever. The acting is bad, there are dozens of sad stereotypes, and it was not NOT funny. Do NOT watch this horrible movie.

Reviewed by Christmas-Reviewer 6 / 10

This film should of gone for an R Rating

BEWARE OF FALSE REVIEWS & REVIEWERS. SOME REVIEWERS HAVE ONLY ONE REVIEW TO THEIR NAME. NOW WHEN ITS A POSITIVE REVIEW THAT TELLS ME THEY WERE INVOLVED WITH THE MOVIE. IF ITS A NEGATIVE REVIEW THEN THEY MIGHT HAVE A GRUDGE AGAINST THE FILM . NOW I HAVE REVIEWED OVER 300 HOLIDAY FILMS & SPECIALS. I HAVE NO AGENDA.

This film doesn't know what it wants to be. Sweet or Raunchy. They should have gone for raunchy and played this a little meaner. Yes it is set at Christmas time and some people hate raunchy in Christmas films but by making this PG-13 this film loses too many laughs. There is one major set piece where someones Christmas lights get destroyed but other than that this film is forgettable because there is no stand out funny moments with the characters.

What many people do not realize here is that Anna Faris is the stand out performer in this muddle mess. When she is on screen the film is funny. When she is not on screen the film becomes almost a HALLMARK Christmas MOVIE.

What this story is about In this romantic comedy, a recording industry executive (Ryan Reynolds - National Lampoon's Van Wilder, Blade: Trinity) comes face to face with his old high school crush (Amy Smart - Starsky & Hutch, The Butterfly Effect)--a woman whose rejection of him turned him into a notorious womanizer. But now he realizes that she is his one true love, and he wants them to be more than Just Friends.

A better writer would have given the comedy more "reality" then what is presented here. Because everything is "Over the Top" you don't care about anybody. Having everyone revert to how they were when they were in high school is an eye roller.

Because you do not care about the people in this film the film itself becomes boring. You will keep checking your watch too see how much more time is left.

I am giving this a 6 out of 10 because Anna Faris saves this from being a total waist of time.

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