Friends with Benefits is a 2011 American romantic comedy film directed by Will Gluckand starring Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake. The film features a supporting cast which includes Woody Harrelson, Bryan Greenberg, Jenna Elfman, Richard Jenkins, Nolan Gould and Patricia Clarkson. The plot revolves around Jamie (Kunis) and Dylan (Timberlake), who meet in New York City and naively believe adding sex to their relationship will not lead to complications. Over time they begin to develop deep mutual feelings for each other, only to deny it each time they are together.
Principal casting for the film took place over a three-month period from April to July 2010. Gluck reworked the original script and plot shortly after casting Timberlake and Kunis. Filming began in New York City on July 20, 2010, and concluded in Los Angeles in September 2010. The film was distributed by Screen Gems and was released in North America on July 22, 2011. Friends with Benefits was generally well received by film critics, and became a commercial success at the box office grossing over $149.5 million worldwide. It was nominated for two People's Choice Awards: one for best comedy and one for Mila Kunis as Best Comedy Actress.