Natalie Portman followed her beautiful Oscar winning performance in Black Swan with the casual Emma in No String Attached. The Ivan Reitman film was a financial success, but didn’t get much love from the critics. In a few weeks, Portman’s costar Mila Kunis is following her work in Black Swan with a Will Gluck romantic comedy titled Friends with Benefits. When the Benefits’ trailer hit the web, we had Deja Vu, but Blind Film Critic went the extra mile and created a trailer mashup to show audiences that Friends with Benefits and No Strings Attached are the same film, just made by different studios.
Films always seem to step on each others toes, especially romantic comedies, with their corny lines and obvious endings. That’s why when we received note that there was a trailer out there, pointing out the similarities between two 2011 films, we had to check it out.
In January, Paramount Pictures released No Strings Attached about two friends (Ashton Kutcher and Natalie Portman) who try to keep their relationship strictly physical, but end up falling for each other. On July 22, 2011, Screen Gems will be releasing, Friends with Benefits, a story about two friends (Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis) who realize their sex-only relationship leads to complications.
The mashup trailer points out similarities in plot, concept, characters, jokes and even camera angles. It’s pretty hilarious, but also very sad. It seems like creatives are running out of ways to tell a good, original boy-meets-girl story. Check out the video below…
What do you think?