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YEAR IN FILM: Parsing the po-mo rom-com

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Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis work out their fuck-buddy ground rules in Friends with Benefits.
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And lastly, Bridesmaids, starring and cowritten by Kristen Wiig, arguably sidesteps both the formula and the genre itself, shifting the focus from "boy meets girl" to "woman's life spirals wildly downward as she attempts to be happy about her best friend's engagement." It's the kind of funny that makes you sink into your seat in horrified anticipation — and the kind of romance where you find yourself rooting for the inevitable rather than just resigned to it.

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