Just Friends

New Line Cinema presents a film directed by Roger Kumble. Written by Adam “Tex” Davis. Running time: 94 minutes. Rated PG-13 (for sexual content, including some dialogue).


The “friend zone” is that libido killing vortex that can suck a guy in for such things as “being nice” and going “out to lunch” with a girl. These are the beliefs of the man loved by women and idolized by men, Ryan Reynolds.


The statue of David known more popularly right now as Van Wilder is on a roll and has established himself as one of the most prominent voices in comedy in this decade. He shares the screen once again with Scary Movie star Anna Faris. Queen of comedy and laugh whore of laughter Faris plays a character much like the one she played in the more critically praised Lost in Translation.


However funny I found this film, upon retrospection I compare this film to Hitch and Alfie. All three films find a man with a plethora of women at their disposal and a particular philosophy in attaining them. However Alfie and Just Friends characters do so out of need for compensation. Just Friends Reynolds seems to be pursuing his high school “buddy” just for the sole purpose of getting her. The film does show him change a bit and not too much so as to not disrupt the tone of the comedy in this film. I don’t compare these films to demonstrate one was done right and the other wrong I just find it interesting that these two different characters share so much of the same swagger and so little in class.

~ by fumikaelson on April 18, 2006.

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