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Just Friends (2005)
IMDb Rating 6.1
Front Cover Actor Back Cover
Ryan Reynolds Chris Brander
Amy Smart Jamie Palamino
Anna Faris Samantha James
Chris Klein Dusty Dinkleman
Chris Marquette Mike Brander (as Christopher Marquette)
Giacomo Beltrami Young Mike Brander
Fred Ewanuick Clark
Amy Matysio Darla
Julie Hagerty Carol Brander
Wendy Anderson Mrs. Palamino
Christopher Marquette
Plot
Manic energy and an agreeable level of comic insanity turn Just Friends into the kind of brainless comedy you can enjoy as a modest guilty pleasure. If you liked director Roger Kumble's previous comedy The Sweetest Thing (and let's face it, that movie had some really funny moments), chances are you'll get at least a few solid belly-laughs from this not-so-high-concept premise, in which a formerly fat high-schooler named Chris (Ryan Reynolds) is transformed, ten years later, into a womanizing music executive with a high-profile client (Anna Faris) in the Britney Spears/Christina Aguilera mold. As it zips along with some broad-stroked slapstick and snappy one-liners, the screenplay by Adam Tex Davis contrives to reunite Chris with Jamie (Amy Smart), the former cheerleader who was the great, unrequited love of Chris' miserable high-school life. By his narcissistic logic, he'll seduce her by treating her badly (i.e. she'll want what she thinks she can't have), but he gets unexpected competition in the form of a "Mr. Sensitive" type (Chris Klein, from American Pie), and it's pretty much Hollywood formula from there on, as Just Friends loses momentum without losing its basic appeal. And while Reynolds invests his character with an unexpected degree of emotional nuance, Faris (Scary Movie 3) pulls out all the stops, going deliriously over-the-top to maintain her reputation as a rising comedy starlet with a (hopefully) promising future. We're not talking rocket science here, folks... just sit back, take off your thinking cap, and have some fun. --Jeff Shannon
Movie Details
Genre Comedy; Romance
Director Roger Kumble
Producer Chris Bender; Michael Ohoven; J.C. Spink
Writer Adam 'Tex' Davis; Adam Davis
Studio Warner Bros.
Country USA
Language English
Audience Rating PG-13
Running Time 94 mins
Movie Release Date 11/23/2005
Color Color
Personal Details
Format DVD
Seen It Yes
Index 750
Collection Status In Collection
Purchase Date 8/16/2006
Product Details
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio 1.85:1
Layers Single Side, Dual Layer
UPC (Barcode) 794043101762
Release Date 3/7/2006
Subtitles English; Spanish
Packaging Keep Case
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Stereo [CC]
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
Alternate Endings
Commentary with Director, Writer and Producers
Deleted scenes w/ optional director commentary
9 Behind-the-Scenes Featurettes
Gag Reel
"Jamie Smiles" Music Video
Theatrical Trailer
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