So, just how similar are Ivan Reitman‘s “No Strings Attached” and Will Gluck‘s “Friends With Benefits“? Well, at one time they were both titled “Friends With Benefits” and Screen Gems had to do some legal dancing to keep the title, forcing the Natalie Portman/Ashton Kutcher vehicle to change names.
And though we usually don’t do the trailer mash-up thing, this one is pretty good and whaddya know, in trailer form at least, these movies are still pretty much exactly the same. Both focusing on fuckbuddy relationships that turn romantic, with story arcs, characters and hell, even shots being duplicated in both pretty much note for note. That said, “No Strings Attached” was pretty bad and we are holding out hope that “Friends With Benefits” might better if only because Will Gluck scored so handily with the hilarious “Easy A” last year.
“No Strings Attached” is on DVD so you can rent it before “Friends With Benefits” comes out on July 22nd and see if you can spot the differences or similarities. It’ll be the cinematic version of those funny pages puzzles in the daily newspaper. [via Vulture]