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There are plenty of examples of movies with similar plots or themes coming out around the same time as each other. Dante’s Peak and Volcano, Deep Impact and Armageddon, Coco Chanel and Coco Before Chanel. A lot of these can be dismissed as just coincidence. Deep Impact and Armageddon both have giant asteroids coming to wipe out life on earth, but that’s where the similarities end.
As the trailer mash-up shows, there’s no way you can write off Friends with Benefits and No Strings Attached as just coincidence. They’re just so similar, there has to be something more to it. So, having now seen both these movies, here’s what I think.
I think what happened is that after Natalie Portman won the Oscar for Black Swan, and Mila Kunis got nattin, the two of them got into a scrap and decided to see who was actually the better actress. And what’s the best way to do this? With both of them making the exact same movie.
Because there’s no other explanation.
Also, the Natalie Portman movie is better, by virtue of the fact that it’s vaguely coherent.