Just Friends Review

Just Friends
Chris (Reynolds) and Jamie (Smart) were best friends in high school, but the fat and nerdy Chris’ crush on Jamie went unrequited. Ten years on, he’s a buff music executive, back in town at Christmas with a spoiled star in tow — but can he get out of the f

by Helen O'Hara |
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Release Date:

06 Jan 2006

Running Time:

94 minutes



Original Title:

Just Friends

Don’t be deceived. Though afflicted with an unfunny trailer and direction from the guy who made appalling sex comedy The Sweetest Thing, this is largely stink-free. About two seconds

in, as a fat-suited Ryan Reynolds under a ginger wig sings along to Boyz II Men’s I Swear, your face splits in a stupid grin that lasts, largely uninterrupted, for the next 90 minutes. Reynolds is making a habit of winning audiences over despite themselves: this is, after all, the man who made Van Wilder: Party Liaison watchable. He plays on that winning charmer routine here, slipping in a dollop of nerdishness as the newly babelicious Chris.

Anna Faris provides the Beast to his Beauty as a wannabe rock star, proving again that she’s better in over-the-top supporting roles than in any number of Scary Movies, and there’s a great, all-too-brief cameo from Airplane!’s Julie Hagerty as Chris’ anxious mother. If there’s a weak link, it’s Amy Smart, who’

Funnier than it has any right to be, thanks to Reynolds’ charisma and Faris’ bubbleheaded blonde.
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