Romantic comedies are likeable mostly because you know what you’re getting: cliche-filled mediocrity. But everything works out OK, and sometimes, all of us need to know that things will work out OK. That being said, I was so proud of “Friends With Benefits” (2011) for trying to be something more, for appealing to my emotionally unavailableness, for mocking romantic comedy conventions, for getting two-thirds of the way through and then, well, and then running out of gas and resorting to all the cliches that get a typical romantic comedy from Point A to Point B. Kudos. At least they tried.

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