Just Friends

Movie review by
Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media
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Obnoxious rom-com about ex-high school friends.
  • PG-13
  • 2005
  • 96 minutes

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 7 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 15 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Rude and competitive boys compete over nice girl.

Violence

Comedic, slapstick violence (one neighborhood hockey scene is especially brutal); brothers tussle and punch one another; romantic rivals fight.

Sex

Frequent sexual jokes, slang, imagery; one girl is especially promiscuous.

Language

One aborted f-word; frequent other mild cursing.

Consumerism

Christmas holiday overkill (especially lights on houses and shops).

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Drinking and drunkenness, cigarette smoking.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Just Friends is crude, and there are frequent sexual allusions (to masturbation, genitals, and other sexual activities). It moves beyond satire to vulgar cruelty as it lampoons women, homosexuals, and just about everyone else. Characters smoke cigarettes and drink; one character appears "high" after she taking Vicodin. An Ashlee Simpson-styled pop singer wears revealing clothing (tight and midriff-revealing tops) and attempts to seduce a high school student. The film includes frequent "New Jersey" jokes along with a bit of mild cursing (including half a "f--k").

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  • Kids say
Parent of a 7 and 15-year-old Written byParentReviewz July 15, 2012

Disgusting and Offensive! Don't Waste Your Money!

This movie was atrocious! Bad Acting, Bad Writing, Bad Directing! Everything was horrible! And, not to mention the movie was inappropriate for kids! And it... Continue reading
Adult Written byKoreypettie April 17, 2020

This movie had sooooooo much potential but..........

So i thought the first 42 mins was great and then that’s when the movie started to go downhill. But even was the bad acting and cringe scenes. I still enjoy the... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old January 2, 2014

PUSHING DEM BOUNDARIES OF PG-13

Just Friends is great but:

Violence = A man is injured in an ice hockey accident. Blood is seen around his face, and in his mouth. At one point, he slips, and... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byHellopeopleimno... November 6, 2019

Just My Opinion

I watched this movie as a little kid. I replayed it on dvd over and over and over from when I was like 6-10. I didn't pick up on any of the adult humor and... Continue reading

What's the story?

JUST FRIENDS begins at high school graduation when overweight Chris (Ryan Reynolds) tells his friend Jamie (Amy Smart) that he wants to be "more than friends." But this isn't in the cards. Ten years later, Chris is a thin, successful L.A. music industry executive and callow ladies man. At Christmas time, he's transporting singer Samantha (Anna Faris), who wants to hook up with Chris, to Europe. When the plane is detained in New Jersey, Chris discovers Jamie working at a local bar, whereupon he decides that he'll "get even," by seducing and abandoning her. This leads to several awkward situations and physical humor. Soon, Chris realizes that he really does love her, and so endeavors to impress her in earnest. At this point, old rival for Jamie's affection shows up -- former stutterer Dusty Dinkleman (Chris Klein), who is now dashing and utterly devious.

Is it any good?

Perhaps the only nice thing that can be said about this boisterous romantic comedy, is that it isn't quite as desperately rude as Ryan Reynolds' other recent film, Waiting. But it pushes the PG-13 rating with vulgar language and situations.

Faris again demonstrates that she is fearless when it comes to physical stunts and comedic emotional excesses, making you wish that she might find a role that would allow her to stretch in other directions. Unfortunately, Samantha is Just Friends's primary butt of uninspired sexual titillation jokes, which leaves Jamie as the banal "good girl." Add to this line-up Chris's clueless mom, and the women in this movie are mostly props for the boys' violent humor and self-absorption.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Chris's efforts to overcome his high school reputation and the shame he felt when kids teased him. How does his younger, sweet, overweight self contrast with his 10-years-later "playboy" self? How does his relationship with genuine nice girl Jamie contrast with his distaste for self-involved Samantha?

Movie details

  • In theaters: November 23, 2005
  • On DVD or streaming: March 7, 2006
  • Cast: Amy Smart, Anna Faris, Ryan Reynolds
  • Director: Roger Kumble
  • Studio: New Line
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Run time: 96 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • MPAA explanation: sexual content including some dialogue.
  • Last updated: September 20, 2019

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