JUST FRIENDS Add To My Top 10

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Release Date: November 23, 2005

Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Amy Smart, Anna Faris, Chris Klein, Julie Hagerty, Christopher Marquette, Fred Ewanuick, and Amy Matsyio

Genre: Romantic Comedy

Audience: Teenagers and adults

Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 94 minutes

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New Line Cinema
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Content:

(PaPa, B, C, Ab, Ho, LLL, VV, SS, N, AA, MM) Strong pagan worldview with mixed moral messages and some Christian elements surrounding Christmas but also a couple borderline Christmas jokes, as well as woman accuses man of being homosexual but he denies it; at least 32 obscenities (including one "f" word), five strong profanities and 33 light profanities; strong slapstick violence such as brothers hit each other and fight a lot, woman falls over railing at mall, some groin shots, other fighting, man acts rough during hockey game with kids, man gets hit in mouth with hockey puck, and elaborate Christmas decorations are destroyed; strong sexual content includes implied promiscuity, many sexual comments, teenager gives massage on girl's nude back but are interrupted before it goes any further, couple sleeps together but man declines to fornicate though woman seems ready and willing, and men brag about their promiscuity; no sexual nudity but some female cleavage and woman's nude back and bare legs are exposed; alcohol use and drunkenness; no overt smoking; and, lying, conceit, delusions of grandeur, narcissism, man neglects his mother and brother back home, and villain pretends to be decent but has ulterior motives.

Summary:

JUST FRIENDS is a romantic comedy about a former heavyweight man who tries to gain the love he failed to get in high school. Despite some hilarious, uplifting moments, JUST FRIENDS will turn off many people with its PG-13 sex jokes and abundant foul language.

Review:

JUST FRIENDS has some hilarious moments, but it has many off-color sex jokes and foul words that will turn off many viewers.

The movie opens in 1995 in New Jersey with a raucous graduation party where nerdy, overweight Chris Brander, played by Ryan Reynolds in a fat suit, desperately tries to reveal his true feelings to his best friend, the beautiful Jamie Palomino. A mix-up in yearbooks results in Chris being humiliated before the whole group. Jamie adds insult to injury by giving Chris the "just friends" speech, and Chris angrily leaves New Jersey for good.

Ten years later, Chris has become a wise-cracking, and thin, music executive and womanizer in Los Angeles. His boss orders him to get a contract with sexy bubblegum singer Samantha James, who just happens to be Chris's ex-girlfriend. Samantha is a seriously nutty, conceited narcissist, but Chris's job is on the line. An East Coast flight conveniently leaves them stranded in Chris's home town in New Jersey. An accidental meeting with Jamie, who's still unmarried and beautiful, gives Chris an opportunity to win her love. Chris palms Samantha off on his younger, lust-filled brother, Mike, but his efforts to romance Jamie come off as either clumsy or rude.

Ryan Reynolds as Chris is sometimes a smug performer, but he can be very funny. Anna Faris is absolutely hilarious as the female pop singer with delusions of grandeur. Amy Smart is endearing as the love interest. Their performances, and those of the supporting cast, help make the movie enjoyable.

Despite all the sex jokes and PG-13 foul language, the hero in JUST FRIENDS decides that he can't take advantage of Jamie sexually. The movie makes clear that he can't do this because he truly loves and cares for her. Even so, however, Jamie is ready to offer herself to Chris, so the moral message in this movie is mixed. Finally, the movie brings up the fact that America's young people are obsessed with superficial good looks, but it doesn't really try to resolve this moral problem or comment on it.

In Brief:

IN BRIEF:

JUST FRIENDS opens in 1995 in New Jersey with a raucous graduation party where nerdy, overweight Chris Brander tries to reveal his true feelings to his best friend, the beautiful Jamie Palomino. His attempts are disastrous. Ten years later, Chris is a wise-cracking, thin, music executive in Los Angeles. His boss orders him to get a contract with sexy bubblegum singer Samantha James, who just happens to be Chris's ex-girlfriend. Samantha is a nutty, conceited narcissist, but Chris's job is on the line. An East Coast flight conveniently leaves them stranded in Chris's home town. An accidental meeting with Jamie, who's unmarried, gives Chris an opportunity to win her love. His plans go awry.

Ryan Reynolds as Chris is sometimes a smug performer, but he can be very funny. Anna Faris is absolutely hilarious as the female pop singer with delusions of grandeur. Amy Smart is endearing as the love interest. Despite all the sex jokes and PG-13 foul language, Chris decides he can't take advantage of Jamie sexually because he truly loves her. Even so, Jamie is ready to offer herself to Chris, so the moral message in this movie is mixed.