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Just Friends (2005)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance | 23 November 2005 (USA)
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While visiting his hometown during Christmas, a man comes face-to-face with his old high school crush whom he was best friends with -- a woman whose rejection of him turned him into a ferocious womanizer.

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Roger Kumble

Writer:

Adam 'Tex' Davis (as Adam Davis)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Giacomo Beltrami ... Young Mike Brander
Fred Ewanuick ... Clark
Amy Matysio ... Darla
Julie Hagerty ... Carol Brander
Wendy Anderson Wendy Anderson ... Mrs. Palamino
Barry Flatman ... Mr. Palamino
Devyn Burant Devyn Burant ... Brett
Jaden Ryan ... Joey
Annie Brebner Annie Brebner ... Sarah
Mike O'Brien Mike O'Brien ... Hockey Dad
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Storyline

Chris Brander has always been friends with Jamie Palamino, but now decides it is time to take his relationship to the next step. The problem is that Jamie still wants to be 'Just Friends'. When he runs away and moves to L.A., he becomes an attractive music manager, whom everyone wants. When his jet catches fire and is forced to land, when flying to Paris with his newest singing sensation, Samantha James, he ends up back home. To his surprise, he encounters Jamie again, and sets out to be more than 'Just Friends' this time. Written by Film_Fan

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Rated PG-13 for sexual content including some dialogue | See all certifications »

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Germany | USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 November 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Apenas Amigos See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,275,000, 27 November 2005

Gross USA:

$32,619,671

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$51,024,243
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

To keep up Samantha's continuous aggressiveness and hysterics, Anna Faris continually drank Red Bulls before filming. See more »

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At the start of the movie when Jamie and Chris are at her graduation party and they are in her room, when Jamie first jumps on the bed she is rolling around and you can see her underwear. About a minute later she is tickling Chris and leans down towards his abdomen, and her butt is in the air towards the camera, you can clearly see she has on black shorts underneath her dress. Then another minute later she leans over again and there are no shorts! See more »

Quotes

Chris: I can't compete with this guy!
Clark: You can't compete? Are you kidding? You're Chris Brander. You're Hollywood, you date models! He's Jersey, he skis in his jeans. It's Dinkleman. It's Dusty Dinkleman.
Chris: Dinkleman?
Clark: Dinkleman.
Chris: Dinkleman?
Clark: *Dinkleman.*
Chris: Dinkleman.
Clark: Dinkleman's going down.
Chris: Dinkleman is going *way* down.
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Chris (Ryan Reynolds) lip-syncs "I Swear" during the end credits. See more »

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Waiting on a Friend
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A Good Holiday Romantic Comedy with likable characters and a decent amount of laughs.
23 November 2005 | by MovieManMenzelSee all my reviews

"Just Friends" is about a guy named Chris (Ryan Reynolds) who in high school was an overweight but caring, sweet, and likable guy. Chris wanted to date his best friend Jamie (Amy Smart) but they never did because she wanted to just be friends and date the cool guys. Ten years later, Chris sheds all his weight and is now a big time record producer touring with the hottest pop star Samantha James (Anna Faris). While on their plane to Paris, Chris and Samantha's plane has to make an emergency landing and the plane lands near Chris's old home town. To make matters worst, Chris winds up going into the bar where he runs into his old crush Jamie. So does Chris have what it takes for Jamie and him to be more than just friends?

"Just Friends" is not a great movie by any means but a likable romantic comedy. Sure the movie is predictable but it's a fun and ultimately sweet movie. I actually like the fact that the movie had a nice message in the end which basically said "be yourself and it will pay off in the end." The jokes for the most part worked for me because they were all pretty innocent and didn't really rely on sex gags to sell the movie.

I did however get annoyed by the amount of gay jokes in the film which like I always say are never really that funny and get old very fast. I understand as much as I rant about gay jokes there not going to stop but let's hope that they can be limited. There is only one gay joke in the entire film that works, while there are about 10 in the entire film.

As far as acting goes, I must say it's about time that Ryan Reynolds stars in a decent movie!!! I have been waiting for years to actually go into a theater and see something of his that doesn't totally suck! You see I always wanted to like him but most of the material he has done just didn't appeal to me and every time I saw a movie he was in, I hated it with a passion. I think this role worked for him because he had to play a likable character and while many will say he always plays a likable character I say that he always plays the same sarcastic cool guy character. This role allowed him to still be his normal character for some part but also a likable character as well. Mr. Reynolds has finally gotten out of his box and played a role that wasn't tailor made for him.

As for the rest of the cast, Amy Smart was also very likable as the best friend Jamie. She was honestly a very sweet and caring person and you really wanted her to date Chris at least in the beginning. Anna Faris who again plays the same character in every movie did play her "typical" airhead role. But she played a stereotypical brainless pop star and played it perfectly. And while I must admit I do like pop music, I found her whole performance hilarious. She basically played Jessica Simpson in the movie and there are a few jokes that really imply that's who they were mocking.

The reason I think I actually enjoyed this film was that I could relate to the characters. The main character Chris was like a few people in high school including myself, a really nice guy who was friends with a lot of very pretty girls but never moved past that point because of their image or how they were perceived in school wouldn't allow them to be more than just friends. And while the movie doesn't really seem realistic it is made by Hollywood, which at times gives people a chance to believe that the underdog will come out on top. "Just Friends" isn't going for a Best Picture nomination or even trying to be original but it does a decent job of what its suppose to do and that is provide jokes and some romance which the film does and does it very well.

All in all, "Just Friends" is a guilty pleasure film. It's not one that will do well at box office or be liked by everyone (most critics gave it rather poor reviews) but I don't think it was a film created for critics but a specific limited audience. And while the film's marketing makes this film look like a typical teen movie, I feel it's a bit more mature than that even though some of the characters in the film are almost childlike. Overall "Just Friends" shows how important it is to be yourself and act mature. It is also proof that Ryan Reynolds can play a different character and is actually good at it. As long as you don't go into the theater expecting a film that is original and thought-provoking you should be fine because this movie is a decent holiday romantic comedy that both guys and girls alike can enjoy.

MovieManMenzel's final rating for "Just Friends" is a 7/10 and it will be added to my guilty pleasure section of my DVD collection when it is released on DVD in a few months.


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