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4 Unrealistic FWB Scenarios in Friends With Benefits

Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis's Friends With Benefits comes out next week, and while I thought it was funny and entertaining — plus who can complain about the JT eye candy? — some of the scenes miss the mark when it comes to the realities of a FWB relationship. The movie has several digs at the formulaic Hollywood rom-com, but even with a raunchier edge to it, the just-sex arrangement has been Hollywood-ized. Here are some unrealistic FWB scenarios from the movie.

  • Grand gesture: The whole nature of a FWB situation is that it's casual, which means grand gestures like the "running after the girl scene" and last-minute flash mobs probably aren't in the cards (never mind the logistics of organizing a flash mob).
  • Not jealous: When Mila's character Jamie starts dating someone else, Dylan (JT) seems a little down that he can't hang out with her, but not really jealous. Then it ends, and Jamie and Dylan go back to being FWB. In real life, it would have completely complicated things to go from their arrangement to dating other people. The new boy would have been jealous she was talking to a friend she used to sleep with, Dylan would have been angry and jealous, and they probably would have ended up sleeping together while she was still dating the other guy.
  • Meeting the family: For both Dylan and Jamie to meet each other's families is a stretch. Many couples don't even meet the families until the relationship is serious, and Dylan and Jamie aren't even in a relationship because they don't want the commitment. If you don't want commitment, you definitely don't want to involve family.
  • Overlooking pet peeves: Dylan has some weird bedroom quirks like feeling emasculated when she's on top (um, really?) and wearing socks in bed and the shower. They act like both are free to do whatever without it annoying the other person since they are "just friends," but in reality if you're sleeping with someone long enough, the quirks are going to bug you the same as if you're in a relationship. It can't be separated that easily.

Disagree? Then share your own FWB experiences in the comments!

bonnieux bonnieux 6 years
movie looks ridiculous , just from seeing the trailer . and mila kunis is very pretty, but her voice is just so... irritating
stephley stephley 6 years
Yeah it’s a movie, but getting one or two seemingly small points wrong can completely ruin the plausibility. (Personally, while I still enjoy the Harry Potter movies, what I see as inconsistencies in Dumbledore & Snape’s storylines have changed my overall view of the series for the worse.)
DecemberBaby DecemberBaby 6 years
I hate nit picking...IT'S A MOVIE!!!
stephley stephley 6 years
I think an important aspect of a friends w/ benefits movie is knowing that a Hollywood version of the story is always going to end up with the couple becoming more than friends – unless it’s a drama, in which case someone is likely to end up dead or seriously damaged. I think from the casting in both recent movies, the actors would have had to play darker (more true to life?) than audiences expect to convince anyone that they seriously intended to keep the relationships strictly fwb. In FWB, the flash mobs came before the sex agreement and after – no one set one up during the ‘coupling period’. Jamie doesn’t initiate introducing Dylan to her mom and I thought she told the new guy that Dylan was gay.
ehknee ehknee 6 years
I've been in a non jealous situation and with the same person, he has been to family gatherings and we even travel together. I believe only with certain people you can have a successful FWB situation to make it actually work. I'm just lucky that my FWB is also the person I trust most and both he and I still date other people if we find someone else. It just all works for some crazy reason. Just my input :)
onlysourcherry onlysourcherry 6 years
It's hilarious to me that in both of the friends with benefits movies that came out this year, the guy ends up falling for the girl. I'm sure that somewhere out there that has happened, but 9 times out of ten it's the opposite!
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