|November 23, 2005|
|Adam ‘Tex’ Davis|
|New Line Cinema|
Rated PG-13 for sexual content including some dialogue
Ryan Reynolds has a hold on comedy that always embodies the story that surrounds him. Much like his candor in the comedy “Waiting”, Reynolds returns with a force in the off-beat and over-the-top comedy, “Just Friends”. Returning home to his small town after losing weight and becoming a big shot record executive in Los Angeles, Chris Brander (Reynolds) finds himself trying to impress his former love, Jamie Palamino (Amy Smart), who, in high school, only saw him as a friend. With his current girlfriend and future pop star, Samantha James (Anna Faris) in tow, Chris is forced to keep putting off their trip to Paris while he bumbles his way through trying to take out Jamie without screwing it up.
When fellow former nerd turned hunk Dusty Dinkleman (Chris Klein) gets involved, all bets are off. Often far too silly and eccentric, “Just Friends” relies heavily on its cast to bring to life these ridiculous situations, but with this cast comes some truly hilarious moments. With a bit of romantic comedy mixed in, the film does occasionally rise above its craziness and delivers some heartwarming sentiments. Somehow still a PG-13 comedy, “Just Friends” still marks the rise of Ryan Reynolds and the comedy background that he rose above.