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A hotshot thirtysomething record executive tries to win over the girl who once liked him only "as a friend" in this slapstick comedy. In high school, Chris Brander (Ryan Reynolds) was an overweight, maladroit teen who spent every waking moment with his co-ed pal Jamie Palamino (Amy Smart). On the verge of graduation, Chris is humiliated when his yearbook confession to Jamie -- that he wants to be more than "just friends" -- is read aloud. Jamie is flattered, but rebuffs his advances, and Chris spends the next decade transforming himself into a buff, callous ladies' man.… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 41%

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"Just Friends is just stupid."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"... while the ending might be a foregone conclusion, getting there involves just enough slapstick manful idiocy to keep the humor moving at a clip."
‑ Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle
"Despite a rich premise, Just Friends ultimately fails to live up to its early potential, settling into broad comedy that shortchanges the romantic possibilities."
‑ Tim Grierson, Screendaily
"Every single person operates with the maturity and common sense of a dog chasing its tail. Into a tree."
‑ Matt Pais, Metromix.com
"Reynolds' brand of sarcastic humour suits his part well, whilst Smart is as adorable here as she was in The Butterfly Effect."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
"Just Friends is part Farrelly Brothers and part Romy and Michele's High School Reunion, all wrapped together to deliver gross-out gags in bizarrely random and rapid-fire fashion, with zero intent to develop sustainable plot or character."
‑ Tony Wong, Toronto Star
"A barbed romantic comedy with a distinct debt to the Farrelly brothers' gross-out-plus-sentimentality formula, Just Friends is a welcome antidote to the usual seasonal sweetness."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"No one will be surprised by the plot machinations that ensue, but the film is saved from utter tedium thanks to a relatively intelligent screenplay and the amiability of the leads."
‑ Lewis Beale, Film Journal International
"Painfully light on laughs."
‑ Nick Schager, Lessons of Darkness
"Reynolds and kooky sidekick Faris carry a weak script."
‑ Audrey Rock-Richardson, Tooele Transcript-Bulletin (Utah)
"Just Friends hangs its crude, clobbering sense of humor on a dubious theory."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"Not particularly original, Just Friends works largely due to Reynolds' screen charisma and comic timing, but it does work, and works well."
‑ Joshua Starnes, ComingSoon.net
"Um bom conceito (e não estou dizendo que este é bom) só funciona quando amparado por um bom roteiro. E definitivamente não é isto que ocorre aqui."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"Bursting at the seams with lashings of heart, this is comedy at its broadest, with larger-than-life situations, a smartly sharp script and knock-out performances from an instantly likeable cast."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"Just Friends is sweet and mostly pleasant to pass the time with...but there's little justification to enter into a serious engagement with it."
‑ Mark Pfeiffer, Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
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