7 Movies Like Friends With Benefits
Can’t get enough of movies like Friends with Benefits? I can’t blame you; I really liked the film, much to my surprise. I thought it was going to be your average romantic comedy movie, but I couldn’t be more wrong. Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis are such a cute couple, and I know what many of you can relate to the situation they put themselves in. But even if you have never been in this kind of relationship, I’m sure you can still find the film really enjoyable to watch.
After a bit of searching, I am able to come up with this list of movies similar to Friends with Benefits. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did!
1. No Strings Attached
Release Date: January 21, 2011
Director: Ivan Reitman
Cast: Natalie Portman, Ashton Kutcher, Kevin Kline
This is the movie that always gets compared with Friends with Benefits. No Strings Attached features Natalie Portman (Emma) and Ashton Kutcher (Adam), who once met at a school camp. After a few years, they meet again. After learning that his father has a relationship with his ex-girlfriend, Adam turns to alcohol, getting so drunk and waking up at Emma’s house. They start their no-strings-attached relationship, but Adam develops feelings for Emma and tries to push it to the next level.
2. When Harry Met Sally
Release Date: July 21, 1989
Director: Rob Reiner
Cast: Billy Crystal, Meg Ryan, Carrie Fisher
Harry first meets Sally during their graduation. She gives him a ride to New York, during which Sally says a man and a woman can never be just friends because the guy will always want to have sex with the girl. They start their own lives, getting busy at work and finding love. However, their romantic relationships always fail, and for some strange reason, Harry and Sally bumps into each other during these times. They share what’s been going on with their lives and find comfort in the company of the other. But can they remain friends even with sex already playing a part in their relationship?
3. Forgetting Sarah Marshall
Release Date: April 18, 2008
Director: Nicholas Stoller
Cast: Kristen Bell, Jason Segel, Paul Rudd
Peter Bretter is a composer and musician who gets dumped by his girlfriend of five years, Sarah Marshall. This makes Peter a living mess, always weeping and finding no more reason to live. Brian, his step-brother, suggests that he go to Hawaii for vacation. He agrees and heads to Oahu. But there he sees Sarah with her new boyfriend, lead singer of the band Infant Sorrow, Aldous Snow. Peter feels derailed once more, but after meeting Rachel Jansen, a hotel staff, he starts to feel rejuvenated. Is Rachel just being used to make Sarah jealous? And will Sarah regret her decision of leaving Peter?
4. One Day
Release Date: August 29, 2011
Director: Lone Scherfig
Cast: Anne Hathaway, Jim Sturgess, Patricia Clarkson
Dexter and Emma meet on July 15, the night of their university graduation. They spend the night together but soon part ways to pursue their own lives. The movie shows what’s going on with Dexter and Emma every July 15th. Sometimes they meet, other times they are busy with their own stuff. They meet new people and build relationships, but eventually everything seems to fall apart. Little by little, they discover that while their relationships with other people cease, the bond between them only gets stronger and stronger.
5. What Happened in Vegas
Release Date: May 9, 2008
Director: Tom Vaughan
Cast: Cameron Diaz, Ashton Kutcher, Rob Corddry
Joy McNally is a career woman with a neurotic attitude. She is engaged but her fiancé eventually breaks up with her because of her brashness. Jack Fuller is a happy-go-lucky guy who gets fired by his own father. They both go to Vegas to forget about their problems. After a series of unprecedented events, they end up in the same room. The two gets drunk and upon waking up, they find out that they got married. Both of them want to get out of marriage, but things get complicated after they win $3,000,000. According to the court, the one who asks to get out of marriage will not get the money. This makes them do whatever it takes to drive the other of their marriage.
6. The Ugly Truth
Release Date: July 24, 2009
Director: Robert Luketic
Cast: Katherine Heigl, Gerard Butler, Bree Turner
Abby Richter is a producer of a morning show, which is about to get cancelled because of low ratings. Her boss decides to hire Mike Chadaway to host a segment called The Ugly Truth in which he provides advice on things that truly matter, like sex being the only thing that holds a relationship together. Abby doesn’t agree with everything he says at all, so he offers to help her. Being romantically challenged herself, Abby accepts and to her surprise, Mike’s suggestions actually work. However, Mike must soon face the truth that he’s falling for Abby, despite his efforts of helping her in pursuing her ideal man.
7. Love and Other Drugs
Release Date: April 25, 2007
Director: Alek Keshishian
Cast: Brittany Murphy, Matthew Rhys, Catherine Tate
Emily is the kind of girl that’s always on the go. She loves playing the cupid role for her friends, finding the perfect match for them and witnessing how their relationship blossoms. Peter, her gay roommate, becomes her next subject. Emily builds Peter up to Paola, a new photographer at her office. Since she’s so busy minding other people’s love lives, she fails to see the only one who wants to build a lasting relationship with her. When Peter speaks out, Emily’s world changes forever.