In 1997, moviegoers experienced the fight between Dante’s Peak and Volcano. A year later, we had to choose similar films Deep Impact and Armageddon. Again in 2004, both films Chasing Liberty and First Daughter have the same plot-the adventures of the president’s daughter. So, the twin film concept is nearly a century old. Here we will like to explore one of the most amusing examples of cinematic coincidence. Yes, you are right! We are talking about films named No Strings Attached and Friends with Benefits that were released in 2011.
Both films were about two friends who attempt a casual sexual relationship. These racy romantic comedy films make fans chuckle even after a decade. The ’70s Show co-star and future spouse Ashton Kutcher And Mila Kunis were the main attraction of those films.
These two films hitting theaters months apart. No Strings Attached hit the theaters in January while Kunis’ Friends with Benefits arrived in July. It was obvious that the latter had to deal with the optics of being an imitator of the earlier. But surprisingly it won at the box office and earned $1.2 million more than No Strings Attached. It was a record for the film industry indeed.
At that time, Kunis defended her film in this way, “A lot of romantic comedies or comedies in general, they have the same idea. It doesn’t mean that you get from A to Z the same way. I don’t feel like our movies are at all similar whatsoever…It’s just two different movies. There’s only, however Shakespeare put it, so many stories you can tell in the world. This is just one of the many.”
During a podcast interview in 2018, Kunis said, “I did a movie called Friends With Benefits. He did a movie that was very similar called No Strings Attached. We lived our movies out. We were just like, let’s just hook up. Let’s have fun. We’re both single. We both trust each other. Everything’s great.”
Fans can remember that Kutcher was separated from his ex-wife Demi Moore in 2011 and started dating Kunis in early 2012. Finally, Kutcher and Kunis got married in July 2015. This couple is now happily living together with their Daughter Wyatt Isabelle and son Dimitri Portwood Kutcher. So now this is the time to celebrate the 10 years of the memorable twin films No Strings Attached and Friends with Benefits.