Film: Just Friends

Just Friends is a 2005 comedy film starring Ryan Reynolds, Amy Smart and Anna Faris.

Chris (Reynolds), an obese and good hearted teenager is humiliated when his unrequited love for his best friend, the beautiful cheerleader Jamie (Smart) is publicly exposed. A decade later the now adult Chris is a fit, handsome and slick ladykiller and successful record producer in Los Angeles who is forced by his boss to escort lunatic pop diva Samantha James (Faris) to Paris. When Samantha accidentally causes the plane to catch fire, they are forced to land in Chris's hometown where he soon re-encounters Jamie...


This movie contains examples of:

  • Amusing Injuries
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Chris's teenage brother Mike.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Dusty Dinkleman.
  • Brick Joke: "Hello, Joyce?"
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Samantha and Chris's mother. The latter is merely a bit spacey while the former is near psychotic.
  • Corpsing: When Chris is breaking down in the car, Jamie crouches outside the window. Amy Smart is very visibly trying not to crack up at Ryan Reynolds' antics.
  • Covers Always Lie: While the main plot does feature a Love Triangle, Anna Faris's character is not part of it - she has a thing for Chris but he is never even slightly attracted to her (at least not since they broke up after briefly dating a while back during the time skip after Chris left home)
  • A Date with Rosie Palms: Mike.
    Chris: You have her poster on your wall?
    Mike: Yeah. I slapped the ham to it, like, an hour ago.
    Mom: Mike? What ham did you slap? Not the ham I just bought?
  • Deadpan Snarker: Chris. Well he is being played by Ryan Reynolds.
  • Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: Subverted; while the abuse is played for laughs, its made clear that this is just not healthy behaviour, and Chris calls Samantha out on her abusive antics when he finally decides to stop pretending to like her for his job. It's this realization that also makes him realize his own sexist actions concerning Jamie.
  • Dumb Blonde: Samantha in contrast to the intelligent, grounded Jamie.
  • Entitled to Have You: At times, Chris acts this way; part of Chris' Character Development is realizing that this is not how he should act towards Jamie.
    • Dusty; as she never reciprocated his feelings during High School, he feels it's completely justified to use Jamie for sex now as 'revenge', and even mistakes Chris, who is legitimately attracted to her, for doing the same. He even has the audacity to use the song he 'wrote for her' (in actuality, a song he wrote that he uses on every girl, merely changing the name to compliment them) as a way to guilt trip her into dating him.
  • Groin Attack: Repeatedly - Chris by an oxygen tank in the ambulance; Mr. Palomino (Jamie's dad) by a falling reindeer from his Christmas display; Chris by Samantha and her tazer gun.
  • Hopeless Suitor: Chris was this Jamie in high school.
  • I Just Shot Marvin in the Face: Mike manages to shoot Samantha in the ass with her own Tazer gun.
  • Jerk Jock: Tim. Ten years after high school, he's seen hanging around the bar, balding and still wearing his letter jacket.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Chris. Though the 'Heart of Gold' part might not be so obvious at first. To be fair, the jerk part is basically a defence mechanism after Jamie rejects him at the beginning of the film.
  • Just Friends: It's the title and premise. An entire hour-and-a-half movie dedicated to this trope and the hopes of the main protagonist subverting it.
  • Last Note Nightmare: the full version of the "Forgiveness" song ends with the sound of whooshing, clock bells tolling and Anna Faris repeating the word "Time" over and over in a distorted voice. Heard at the end of the credits.
  • Not Good with Rejection: Samantha towards Chris. She tazers him in the groin when he tries to reject her.
  • The Prima Donna: Samantha.
  • Rich Suitor, Poor Suitor: A rare case where the good(ish) guy is the rich suitor.
  • Rule of Funny: Chris wedgied his brother so hard that he tore his underpants completely off
  • Small Name, Big Ego
  • Unlucky Childhood Friend: Chris to Jamie.
  • Yandere: Samantha.