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Just Friends Review

Movies.com Critics

2.5

Dave White Profile

… [Faris] is balls-out funny … Read full review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0
    47

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Mixed or average reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 30

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    Just lousy.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Allison Benedikt

    But alas, even with young talent, director Roger Kumble and writer Adam Davis rely way too heavily (no pun intended) on the fat-suit joke and titular impasse.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    Still, there are some funny surprises, from skewering overdone Christmas decorations to casting Chris Klein as a creep.

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  • 83

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    Argues on behalf of the Darwinian theory that all of life imitates high school...But the argument is only halfhearted. Just Friends is much more interested in - and hilarious about - the small nostalgias of suburbia.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Not for kids 15 and under

Obnoxious rom-com about ex-high school friends.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the movie pushes the limits of PG-13. It's crude and there are frequent sexual allusions (to masturbation, genitals, and other sexual activities). It moves beyond satire to vulgar cruelty as it lampoons women, homosexuals, and just about everyone else. Characters smoke cigarettes and drink; one character appears "high" after she taking Vicodin. An Ashlee-Simpson-styled pop singer wears revealing clothing (tight and midriff-revealing tops) and attempts to seduce a high school student. The film includes frequent "New Jersey" jokes along with a bit of mild cursing (including half an f-word.

  • Families can talk about Chris's efforts to overcome his high school reputation and the shame he felt when kids teased him. How does his younger, sweet, overweight self contrast with his 10-years-later "playboy" self? How does his relationship with genuine nice girl Jamie contrast with his distaste for self-involved Samantha?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Rude and competitive boys compete over nice girl.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: Comedic, slapstick violence (one neighborhood hockey scene is especially brutal); brothers tussle and punch one another; romantic rivals fight.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Frequent sexual jokes, slang, imagery; one girl is especially promiscuous.

  • language false3

    Language: One aborted f-word; frequent other mild cursing.

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: Christmas holiday overkill (especially lights on houses and shops).

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Drinking and drunkenness, cigarette smoking.

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