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At a high school graduation party in , Chris Brander finally confesses his love to his best friend, Jamie Palamino. Not only does the moment result in the overweight teen being humiliated in front of all the cool kids, Jamie tells him that she loves him too … like a brother. The sensitive Chris flees from his New Jersey hometown and winds up 10 years later as a slimmed down, shallow, womanizing L.
He either beds them or walks away. Or he beds them and then walks away. Soon, Chris is sleeping in his old room, slap fighting with his younger brother, and again pining for Jamie. In spite of his new look, big career and money, he faces competition from Dusty Dinkleman, another high school loser who liked Jamie. When finally given the opportunity to sleep with Jamie, Chris disappoints himself and her by passing it up for fear of losing her friendship.
In a burst of unwelcome maturity, Chris realizes he wants more than just a physical relationship with Jamie. And he wants more than just to be her friend. He wants—gasp! In fact, he wants to marry her eventually. Although nobody in the course of the film ever ends up having sex, Just Friends is full of sexual situations and crude sexual comments, far too many to completely catalog here. Examples: Samantha is famous for posing for a poster that features her with whipped cream and cherries on her breasts preparing to eat a chocolate-covered banana. Later, she practically fondles him while meeting his mom, and she aggressively kisses a man and a woman on the lips as a greeting.
In high school, oblivious to the affect it has on Chris, Jamie carelessly flashes her underwear and buries her face low on his stomach to tickle him. He immediately hooks up with another woman who witnesses the exchange. Dusty makes out with a nurse. Jamie is seen in a revealing shirt before hopping into bed with Chris. Masturbation is mentioned. Samantha is especially aggressive with Chris, both sexually and in anger. Chris also regularly shoves and drags her around.
Chris and his brother slap-fight mercilessly in every scene together, as the older brother mostly beats up his younger, extremely obnoxious sibling. In an attempt to show off his hockey skills, Chris knocks down several children and ends up bloodying his own mouth with the puck.
While strapped to a stretcher, he is launched down a sled run, landing face first on the ice. Samantha gets zapped with a stun gun, launching her over a railing. Later, she Tasers Chris in the groin, an area abused throughout the film. Jamie gets in on the action by slapping and punching Chris during a fight. An enormous Christmas display is yanked apart by a speeding car, setting most of it on fire, and comically launching flaming reindeer and Santas in every direction.
Just Friends explores the edges of its PG rating with copious amounts of language both crude and profane. The f-word is begun but not finished three times. One child utters the s-word just before the credits roll. There are frequent uses of slang words for sex, masturbation, and parts of the male and female anatomy. Jamie works at a bar. A graduation party that kicks off the film features teens drinking, and some appear drunk. Chris is cruelly mocked for his weight in high school and derisive comments are made about being overweight throughout the film.
Just Friends does manage to be funny at times. And the likable cast deliver intentionally ridiculous, over-the-top performances. Blog Podcast About. Just Friends. Comedy , Romance. Content Caution — Kids. Share on facebook. Share on twitter. Share on .
In Theaters. Home Release Date. Roger Kumble. New Line Cinema. Christopher Lyon. Movie Review At a high school graduation party in , Chris Brander finally confesses his love to his best friend, Jamie Palamino. Positive Elements [ Spoiler Warning ] The film saves its brief positive element for the end, but the obvious message here provides just enough moral to give this very crude film some unlikely sweetness.
Sexual Content Although nobody in the course of the film ever ends up having sex, Just Friends is full of sexual situations and crude sexual comments, far too many to completely catalog here. Crude or Profane Language Just Friends explores the edges of its PG rating with copious amounts of language both crude and profane. Drug and Alcohol Content Jamie works at a bar. Other Negative Elements Chris is cruelly mocked for his weight in high school and derisive comments are made about being overweight throughout the film.
Conclusion Just Friends does manage to be funny at times. Back to Top. More by Christopher Lyon. Latest Reviews. Weekly Reviews Straight to your Inbox! Movies TV Music. Games Books Donate.Just friends ending
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