On paper (or, in trailers) the new comedy Friends With Benefits bears a striking resemblance to the Natalie Portman/Ashton Kutcher rom-com that came out a few months ago, No Strings Attached. They both feature couples who can't deal with the stress of dating, so they engage in some supposedly uncomplicated sex with their opposite-sex best friend in order to ease that tension. Naturally, they fall for each other in the process, because uncomplicated sex between friends is never uncomplicated in the movies. But FWB is a massive upgrade from NSA. Instead of Kutcher, we get the far more appealing Justin Timberlake. Instead of Black Swan's icy cold star Portman, we get Swan's sex kitten Mila Kunis. And instead of a typical rom-com, we get one that is self-aware enough to make fun of all of the clichés that these sorts of movies typically have. Now that's not to say that Friends With Benefits is the best rom-com of the year -- that title still belongs to Bridesmaids in my book. But it does deserve points for rising above the typical cheesiness of this sort of movie, and I at least left feeling entertained, if not exactly bowled over by the unoriginal storyline and the underwhelming final act.