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Just Friends (2005)

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Comedy, Romance |

Just Friends is a American Christmas romantic comedy film directed by Roger Kumble, written by Adam ‘Tex’ Davis and starring Ryan Reynolds, Amy Smart, Anna Faris, Chris Klein and Christopher Marquette. The plot focuses on a formerly overweight high school nerd (Reynolds) who attempts to free himself from the friend zone after reconnecting with his lifelong crush and best friend (Smart) while visiting his hometown for Christmas.

The film revolves around humorous observation of strictly platonic relationships as “just friends” or “just as best friends.” It was shot in Regina and Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. The film was released on November 23, 2005 and grossed $50 million.

In 1995, Chris Brander (Ryan Reynolds) is an overweight high school senior who secretly has a huge romantic crush on his classmate and best friend Jamie Palamino (Amy Smart). After confessing his feelings by writing them in Jamie’s yearbook, he attends their graduation party. As he returns Jamie’s yearbook to her, it is secretly swapped by her despicable ex-boyfriend, Tim (Ty Olsson), who reads the declaration aloud to everyone and humiliates Chris. Jamie doesn’t reciprocate his romantic feelings; after they share a brief kiss on the cheek. Chris tearfully leaves the party, announcing that he will never return and vows to be more successful than everyone else.

Director: Roger Kumble

Writer: Adam ‘Tex’ Davis (as Adam Davis)

Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Amy Smart, Anna Faris, Chris Klein, Christopher Marquette, Julie Hagerty

Cast:

Ryan ReynoldsChris Brander
Amy SmartJamie Palamino
Anna FarisSamantha James
Chris KleinDusty Dinkleman
Chris MarquetteMike Brander (as Christopher Marquette)
Giacomo BeltramiYoung Mike Brander
Fred EwanuickClark
Amy MatysioDarla
Julie HagertyCarol Brander
Wendy AndersonMrs. Palamino
Barry FlatmanMr. Palamino
Devyn BurantBrett
Jaden RyanJoey
Annie BrebnerSarah
Mike O’BrienHockey Dad
Ty OlssonTim
Todd William LewisKyle (as Todd Lewis)
Justin KirbyJock #1
Jackie MitchellJock #2
Stephen RootKC
Robin DunneRay
Trenna KeatingNancy
Sharon BakkerRhonda
Maria ArcéAthena (as Maria Arce)
Jillian WalchuckMandy
Steve TorgersonDental Patient (as Steve Togerson)
Cavan CunninghamRecord Producer
Ashley ScottJanice
Jody PetersPilot
Simon ChinSound Engineer
Dayna DevonTV Show Host
Michael AnsahWafoofi
Skye BrandonToady
Kelly McDonaldGirl Skater
Sally CrooksGranny Palamino
Terri AhlCaroler #1
Joan SpeirsCaroler #2
Jeff RufCaroler #3
Larry McCormickCaroler #4
James BitontiBouncer
Robert PainchaudYoung Boy #1
Maclean NelsonYoung Boy #2
Ian WilliamsTough Kid Hockey Player
Amanda ParkDental Assistant
Mike SimpsonPriest
Glen W. ThompsonMovie Patron #1
Trace FairgrieveMovie Patron #2
John LevinFireman
Jason BryantCustomer
Lorelei GibsonSheila
Grace KumbleToddler with Santa
Tyler CyrenneMan at bar (uncredited)
Jordan McKayJanice (uncredited)
Rachel WittmanFlight Attendant (uncredited)

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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