Time Out says
Ryan Reynolds strikes a pleasingly sinister note as ruthless seducer Chris, and affectionate flashbacks of him in a fat-suit entertain rather than offend (think of Monica’s chubby high school scenes in ‘Friends’). Reynolds pales in comparison with Anna Faris, however, who scores as a whimsical, unhinged pop diva whose stupidity lands them in New Jersey for Christmas (‘Am I being “Punk’d”? Where’s Ashton?’ she burbles vainly after an emergency landing). While Faris’ physical and character comedy are the film’s strongest assets, its weakest link is the plot itself. Chris and Jamie (a pretty but uninspiring Amy Smart) go on a series of dates during which he tries a variety of tactics, ultimately discovering that the whole ‘be yourself’ thing was always the best way forward (yawn). Still, with its lively supporting cast and often biting humour, ‘Just Friends’ has many pleasures to offer an audience in search of a romantic comedy with a bit of an edge.
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