Just Friends

Rated PG-13 88 minutes 2005

Ryan Reynolds is a slick music exec named Chris Brander, still traumatized at having gotten the "Let's just be friends" speech from the girl of his dreams when he was younger and fatter; Anna Faris is an insane model-turned-singer named Samantha James, a nightmarish hybrid of Paris Hilton and Ashlee Simpson who insists on being taken seriously as an artist and harbors a deranged crush on Chris, who slept with her once and regrets it. Reynolds and Faris play off each other beautifully, but unfortunately that's not the point of the movie. Faris pretty much disappears about a third of the way through so that the story can focus on Chris and the girl he was once "just friends" with, Jamie Palamino (Amy Smart). Desperate to right all the wrongs done to him when he was uncool, Chris relentlessly beats up on his younger brother and resorts to childishness in dealing with others, including Jamie, because he can. It's a funny movie, but a lot funnier when it's Reynolds-Faris rather than Reynolds-Smart.

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Official Site: www.justfriendsmovie.com

Director: Roger Kumble

Writer: Adam "Tex" Davis

Producer: Chris Bender and JC Spink

Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Amy Smart, Anna Faris, Christopher Marquette, Chris Klein, Julie Hagerty, Fred Ewanuick and Amy Matysio

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