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Claudette Colbert

Cleaving to screwball conventions, with 'Benefits'

Cleaving to screwball conventions, with 'Benefits'

Contemporary romantic comedies mostly seem to be in love with raunchy humor. Although "Friends With Benefits" boisterously deserves its "R" rating, it also deserves recognition for being a funny examination of two people who aren't sure what they want in a relationship.

It also helps that the snappy dialogue flies by so fast that the occasionally unfunny jokes do not linger.

This particular couple's "meet-cute" introduction firmly places them within the screwball tradition. In fact, there is much about this picture that will remind you of the zippy romantic comedies of the 1930s.

In case you don't make that connection on...