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"Friends With Benefits" Trailer Crushes "No Strings Attached"

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    Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis star in the just the latest trailer for a film about two friends who try have it both ways: friendship and non-committal sex. Show of hands, who thinks they're gonna fall in love? (Published Monday, Nov 8, 2010)

    Leave it to Hollywood to unveil with 36 hours of each other trailers for two films about insanely attractive people who have trouble finding love, so they start sleeping with their best friend, who just happens to be an equally hot person of the opposite sex. And the twist in each appears to be that she's the one who wants to keep it physical. Oh, to dream...

    "Friends With Benefits" stars Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis as two friends who decide to reset each other's odometers, and  a supporting cast featuring Emma Stone, Woody Harrelson, Jenna Elfman, Patricia Clarkson and Andy Samberg.

    "Friends With Benefits"

    [NATL] "Friends With Benefits"
    Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis star in the just the latest trailer for a film about two friends who try have it both ways: friendship and non-committal sex. Show of hands, who thinks they're gonna fall in love? (Published Monday, Nov 8, 2010)

    Because this is a family website, we should warn you that the trailer, embedded below, is of the "red-band" variety, meaning that there's some swearing, adult situations and a little skin.

    Timberlake gave an eye-opening turn in "The Social Network," while Kunis has been getting nice reviews for her work opposite Natalie Portman in "Black Swan," so these two both have an opportunity here to establish themselves as leads.

    "No Strings Attached"

    [NATL] "No Strings Attached"
    Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher are a pair of old friends who endeavor to navigate the waters of platonic sex. Good luck with that. (Published Friday, Nov 5, 2010)

    And the film is directed by Will Gluck, who helmed "Easy A," the teen sex comedy starring Stone, that was one of the most unexpected surprises of the year.

    Not to damn it with faint praise, but "FWB" looks infinitely more promising than the trailer for "No Strings Attached," starring Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher, that came out just a day or so earlier. "NSA" appears to be a sappy, uninspired mess, while "FWB" seems to at least have some edge to it.

    "Black Swan"

    [NATL] "Black Swan"
    Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis star as ballerinas vying for Vincent Cassel's personal and professional attentions in this psychological thriller from director Darren Aronofsky. (Published Wednesday, Aug 18, 2010)

    And if you have any doubts about what the suits think of their respective films, the release dates tell the story: "No Strings Attached" arrives Jan. 21, while "Friends With Benefits" comes out July 22.