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Just Friends

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Obnoxious rom-com about ex-high school friends.
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2005
  • Running Time: 96 minutes

What parents need to know

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.

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").

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?

QUALITY

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.

Families can talk 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

Theatrical release date:November 23, 2005
DVD/Streaming release date: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.

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Kid, 12 years old April 9, 2008

Ha Ha!

I thought it could've been better but giving it only one star was a little harsh CS.com I didn't think it was that bad! The pop chick Anna Faris played I'll admit was a little out of line but you could at least give it three stars!
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 you see red- coloured snow in his mouth. Very disturbing, yet comical and enjoyable. 6/10 for violence because it is infrequent, yet gross. Language = About 85 uses of s**t, 12 uses of d*mn, h**l, one use of w*ore, and many more bad words. 8/10 for language. Sex = Many references to sex. Includes explicit and graphic references to oral sex, masturbation, sex in general, etc, etc. A character get's horny and takes down a man's pants. A big bulge appears to grow in his pants. Many inappropriate posters seen. References to jacking off. 9/10 for sex. Drinking, Drugs & Smoking- People get drunk at a high school party. They start slurring up their words. People get wasted, and drug intake is seen very briefly. White powder is seen around a man's nose. Tim is seen drunk on whiskey and high on weed throughout the movie. He carries a bong with him. 7/10 Overall score = 30/40. Very graphic for a PG-13.
What other families should know
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Adult Written byKGuarino April 9, 2008

I laughed

I thought the movie was pretty funny. There were some parts that I think were not meant for kids, but for anyone 17 and up, and mature, it was pretty funny.