Justin Timberlake Wants To Be Your “Friends With Benefits”

Usually, this story would just be about Justin Timberlake landing a role in a new film called “Friends With Benefits.” But there is a bigger issue here, other than questioning whether JT can successfully act in something that isn’t “Saturday Night Live.” See, Justin’s “Friends With Benefits” is just one of three projects currently in the works with the same title. You’d think this title would’ve been used already, since the term has bopped around our lexicon for years, but it hasn’t. It looks like the entertainment world can use a little help deciding whom to bestow the coveted title to. Read on and decide who you think deserves the prize. [Deadline]“Friends With Benefits” #1: The Justin Timberlake One
Synopsis: A romantic comedy about a magazine editor who is picked up by a head hunter. The two lament that the media world leaves little time for relationships. To solve the problem, they decide to start having sex, no strings attached. But as in most of these relationships, the strings get tangled up anyways. The girl eventually finds someone she is interested in and starts dating. Meanwhile the guy realizes that lust has become love and he is falling for his friend.
Why It Deserves The Title: The latest flick by the film’s director William Gluck, “Easy A,” is going through test screenings and is receiving a lot of praise, probably enough to get it to the Toronto Film Festival. If Gluck believes this project could be a similar success, maybe he deserves the title he wants. Also it is said that the project’s studio, Screen Gems, registered the title first. Boo yeah.
Why It Doesn’t: Justin Timberlake is not known for his acting skills. If the film flops, the title may have gone to waste. Also, as a rule, most rom-coms are pretty forgettable, so changing the title shouldn’t be that big of a deal.
Other Title Ideas: “Schedule Me for Sex,” “Canoodling Co-workers”

“Friends With Benefits” #2: The Star Studded One
Synopsis: Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher take on the issue of why men and women have problem creating emotional bonds, but have no problem jumping into bed together. The plot of the film is still being pretty guarded, but it looks like it’ll be an ensemble movie akin to “Valentine’s Day” or “He’s Just Not That Into You.”
Why It Deserves The Title: Natalie Portman doesn’t usually jump at garbage roles. Her involvement should be taken as a badge of decency. I just adore her and think she should get whatever she wants, so I say give her the title.
Why It Doesn’t: The last movie director Ivan Reitman made was “My Super Ex-Girlfriend” and it was bad no matter what title you put on it. Could be the same for this film.
Other Title Ideas: “Boink Buddies,” “Men Vs. Women,” “Relationship: Impossible”

“Friends With Benefits” #3: The TV Show
Synopsis: Five best friends bed-hop with each other and at the same time try to find love in the real world. Think of “Friends” but with more sex, and none of them are related, I hope.
Why It Deserves The Title: It would be a funny word play on the show “Friends,” which I am sure all the critics would really enjoy. The show is written by the charming minds who penned “(500) Days of Summer,” Scott Neustadter and Michael Weber. The director of “Wedding Crashers” is also attached to the project as the executive producer, and I have a hard time believing he would put his name on something that isn’t hilarious. Overall, TV shows are in the public eye a lot longer than films are and they need memorable, fitting titles.
Why It Doesn’t: The show had been green-lighted by NBC, but only because it was dropped by ABC. It could be because the show wasn’t family-friendly enough, or it could just suck. The show is only a pilot and has a chance of bombing like many new shows do, and that would be a name gone to waste.
Other Title Ideas: “Bed Friends Forever,” “Friends Who Sleep Together … ”

Which project do you think earns the right to be called “Friends with Benefits”?

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