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November 9 2010

How Does Hollywood End Up Copying Itself Within Months?

Even though I don’t get out to the movie theater as often as I would like, I’m always checking out trailers for upcoming films.  The other day I checked out one for No Strings Attached, starring Ashton Kutcher and Natalie Portman.  Not my usual cup of tea, but though I’d give it a look any way.

Cute, but insanely predictable from the trailer, I’m sure I’ll skip its Jan. 21st, 2011 release.

I didn’t give the movie another thought, went on about my life, and then another trailer popped up that made me go, “Didn’t I already watch a trailer about this?” No, wait, this one has Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake in it … and it’s titled Friends With Benefits … wait a minute … (slightly not safe for work due to language)

Is it just me, or are these not nearly the exact same movie? Oh, wait, I see the difference! Friends With Benefits comes out on July 22nd, 2011! My bad.

This isn’t nearly the first time this has happened in Hollywood, and it’s sure to not be the last, but come on.  These two are so obviously the same movie, and even appear to have very similar settings that it is actually a bit appalling.  Did no one think we would notice?  I mean, you released your trailers in the same week for crying out loud!

For the record, I actually chuckled at the Friends With Benefits trailer, not so much at No Strings Attached.

If there was ever any question about whether or not Hollywood has run out of ideas, I think it’s just been answered for you.

P.S. – How does That 70’s Show play into this since Ashton and Mila played a couple on that show?  Hmm … the plot thickens!



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  • Jack

    Wow. No fooling. And I agree that the Kunis/Timberlake thing actually manages to be funny, which I think is probably a very good thing for a romantic comedy. It also might avoid the whole moralistic no-sex-without-love thing that drips off the other one.

    • Sean P. Aune

      Yeah, the Kunis/Timberlake is definitely the better of the pair, and I'll actually end up seeing it at some point. This isn't the first time I've seen this happen in movies, but this has to be one of the most obvious occurrences ever.