Tuesday, April 19, 2011

No Strings with Benefits

I'm so bummed.   I had planned on doing a whole thing on how Hollywood studios simply copy each other because they're lazy, risk averse and probably a little dumb.  And then I was going to veer off slightly into talking about how certain studio on Melrose (and probably every other one considering how Hollywood copies each other) has 50-page book of films they're considering for remakes.  I was going to bring the whole thing back and talk about how the upcoming movie Friends with Benefits sounds exactly like No Strings Attached just with different alums from That '70s Show.  All this fell by the wayside when I saw this side-by-side comparison from IMDB summarizing my argument for me...

The more things change, the more they stay the same.

As you can see, the folks at IMDB have described these movies exactly the same way.  And that's because they are.  Now some people might say, "Geez.  Maybe it was just a coincidence that two studios made the same movie.  They were probably in production around the same time."  I would respond by saying "Nope.  Try again."  No Strings Attached began shooting while the ink was still drying on Kunis' signature to join Friends with Benefits.  And what's even more sad is No Strings Attached was once called Friends with Benefits.

In some ways, I'm a bit relieved.  This saved me from endless blathering.  Wait.  I just blathered endlessly.

Wouldn't it have been easier if they'd just made the Jackie and Kelso movie and saved us the trouble?

I think we should screw other people


Anonymous said...

Old news. Body switching movies. Volcano movies. Alexander the Great movies. Asteroids aimed at earth movies. The list is long.

Anonymous said...

the jackie and kelso movie would have saved me from natalie portman

Anonymous said...

Just caught Friends with Benefits, it's actually funnier than No Strings but I'm not sure if it will do as well.

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