15 Songs, 55 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Though the soundtrack to the 2011 romantic comedy Friends With Benefits is compiled with variety in artists and genres, it flows with a cohesiveness in mood — though of course it can be enjoyed piecemeal just as well. Consolidated's Philip Steir gives Steppenwolf’s 1968 hit “Magic Carpet Ride” a tasteful remix reminiscent of DJ Andy Smith’s 1998 reworking of James Gang’s 1970 hit “Funk #49.” Fitz and The Tantrums kitschy go-go jam “L.O.V.” would do just as well on an Austin Powers soundtrack, and G. Love and Special Sauce’s “Booty Call” fits the film’s theme perfectly. Grant Lee Phillips does for the Cure’s “Boys Don’t Cry” what Counting Crows did for the Psychedelic Furs’ “The Ghost In You,” while Dyke & The Blazers’ late-‘60s jam “Let a Woman Be a Woman (And a Man Be a Man)” proves to be a breath of fresh funk. Visions of backwards worn clothing are sure to surface after revisiting Kris Kross’ “Jump.”

EDITORS’ NOTES

Though the soundtrack to the 2011 romantic comedy Friends With Benefits is compiled with variety in artists and genres, it flows with a cohesiveness in mood — though of course it can be enjoyed piecemeal just as well. Consolidated's Philip Steir gives Steppenwolf’s 1968 hit “Magic Carpet Ride” a tasteful remix reminiscent of DJ Andy Smith’s 1998 reworking of James Gang’s 1970 hit “Funk #49.” Fitz and The Tantrums kitschy go-go jam “L.O.V.” would do just as well on an Austin Powers soundtrack, and G. Love and Special Sauce’s “Booty Call” fits the film’s theme perfectly. Grant Lee Phillips does for the Cure’s “Boys Don’t Cry” what Counting Crows did for the Psychedelic Furs’ “The Ghost In You,” while Dyke & The Blazers’ late-‘60s jam “Let a Woman Be a Woman (And a Man Be a Man)” proves to be a breath of fresh funk. Visions of backwards worn clothing are sure to surface after revisiting Kris Kross’ “Jump.”

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Ratings and Reviews

4.1 out of 5
195 Ratings

195 Ratings

shmorgan24 ,

Surprisingly Good.

And yes, I am a normally harsh film critic. I'm not gonna sit here and tell you its life-altering or anything, but as far as modern day rom-coms go, this was not a bad movie at all. Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake were hilarious, the music was mainly (as much of an oxymoron as this is) mainstream indie (but at least its not Owl City, eh?), and their predictable relationship at the end was actually, refreshingly, built on a real friendship with some believable life problems. I particularly enjoyed the soundtrack throughout the movie and would recommend it. My one and only problem? Death Cab for Cutie's beautiful ballad I'll Follow You Into the Dark was frequently played, but is not on the soundtrack. This, however, is not enough for me to discount the soundtrack.

_Whit4o ,

Awesome Movie, Awesome Soundtrack!

I just watched this movie tonight and I am telling you, I think it was one of the best, if not the best movie I have ever watched! Justin Timberlake acted the heck out of this movie, I have never saw such an excellent performance from him. Mila Kunis did excellent as well, but this movie is definitely worth watching and the soundtrack is pretty great too!

promqueen123 ,

Justin and Mila are hilarious.

This movie was so much better than No Strings Attached. It was hilarious; Justin's rendition of Kriss Kross' "Jump" made me fall off my seat.

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