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Trailer clash: NO STRINGS ATTACHED and FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS mine similar territories

Kate Erbland

by: Kate Erbland
November 5th, 2010

The last few days have brought us a startling number of trailers for new comedies - most of them bordering on the shameful and utterly missable. Today, however, brings us two trailers that, despite shockingly similar plotlines, don't fill me with rage. I am not filled with glee, make no mistake, but I'm not in why-do-we-still-allow-Kevin-James-to-work territory.

Have you ever tried to have a "friends with benefits, no strings attached" type arrangement with a comrade? How did that work out for you? Yeah, thought so. Will Gluck's FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS and Ivan Reitman's NO STRINGS ATTACHED both take on this thorny avenue for love and lust in the modern age. FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS stars Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake as the friends who take the plunge. Reitman picked Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher to star in STRINGS as a pair that try to stay "strictly physical." I can smell the endings to both films already. After the break, check out the trailers for both NO STRINGS ATTACHED and FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS (heads up, this one is a red band!).

There's some sort of BLACK SWAN joke in here, but I haven't gotten it down just yet.

Immediate pros to NO STRINGS ATTACHED: an interesting supporting cast, a "hey, this film is set in LA!" bent, and a goofy Portman. Immediate cons to NO STRINGS ATTACHED: Ashton Kutcher and play-fighting. Immediate pros to FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS: believable friendly banter, Patricia Clarkson, and Timberlake showing some...um...skills. Immediate cons to FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS: who the hell decided to make Semisonic happen again?

And, if you're confused about remembering who is in what film, use this handy trick - Timberlake stars in the film that does not share a name with an N'SYNC album.

NO STRINGS ATTACHED opens on January 21, 2011. FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS hits on July 22, 2011. What film are you more likely to see?

Source Moviefone and Moviefone

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