Even though I've been signed up for a year, this was the first movie I actually attended. Because it's an advanced screening, the theater personnel are super paranoid about video cameras taking bootleg copies of the movie, and they actually take your cell phone, put it in a paper bag, and hand you a ticket with the advice not to lose the ticket. Uh... yuh buddy. It ended up being fine, but I easily could have departed the theater with 14 iPhones, and in the future I might just leave my phone at home rather than deal with separation anxiety throughout another movie. Call me neurotic, I can take it.
Where NSA panders to the "girl who's too busy for love because of grad school but wants a guy who will just hopelessly fall at her feet and let her walk all over him even though she swears she doesn't need a guy in her life" -- Friends with Benefits was more realistic. Even the most stressed out busy people want love, (take my law school class, we're all a lovesick mess) and I think the latter did a better job of portraying the complexity of friendship turning into something more, the emotional risk and vulnerability that go into taking such a leap, while managing to be bitingly funny. It got me to suspend my disbelief and invest in the characters and their relationship in a way that NSA never quite pulled off. I loved it, I want to go see it again, and boys: take notes here.
My threshold for chick flicks is admittedly pretty low - I just want to walk out of the theater feeling happy and hopeful - but Friends with Benefits is funny enough to satisfy even my male counterparts out there. Especially one that would watch a pirated copy of the Proposal in bed alone on a Saturday morning.
For those keeping score: here's looking at you, Brenny.