And like I’ve said before, Ryan is a funny guy. He carries movies effortlessly and professionally, but even he can’t make up for bad direction and poor performances. I liked Anna Faris’s role and I thought she provided the only non-Ryan laughs. She was a strength and she didn’t get enough screen time. Amy Smart, however, left a lot to be desired. She’s a decent enough actress, but she’s not funny and for some reason, she always looks high on drugs and worn out. The relationship between Ryan and Amy’s characters lacked motivation and I had a hard time rooting for them. And Ryan’s relationship with his little brother took a long time to get going.
But like I said, this is a comedy, so you don’t expect a well thought out plot. But I don’t feel it succeeded as a comedy either. Aside from fat-suit-Ryan singing “I Swear” in the beginning, I really didn’t laugh that often. I did like the idea of the movie however. We’ve all been in that “friend-zone” and it’s definitely a miserable place to be. I think the film would’ve been better off analyzing the intricacies of the “friend-zone” and how to break out of it, or keep from getting into it
Gag reel (2:54): This whole feature was kind of a bummer. It looked like there were some really funny outtakes here, but we don’t get a chance to appreciate them. There was no sound. The only thing we hear is the score played over some supposedly funny outtakes. It was very lame and very frustrating.
Deleted/Alternate scenes (12:04): Again, no audio. I’m speechless as to why there is no audio. So watch these with the commentary. The guys do a good job of explaining why they cut the scenes, but without the audio, the scenes are worthless. However, I disagree with them about the ending. I liked the alternate ending better.
Deleted scenes - behind the scenes (5:44): This is the only way you’ll hear two of the deleted scenes. It’s basically a look at the making of two scenes. This just made me more angry because I think these scenes are funny and I would like to be able to hear them. Other than that, this feature should've been incorporated into the bigger featurette.
Behind the scenes featurette (57:09): This is an exhausting look at the making of JUST FRIENDS. At almost an hour long, it told me more than I wanted to know about the movie. It does a good job of going behind the scenes and providing insight, but again, I was bored because I wasn’t a huge fan of the movie.
There is also a Music video and some Trailers.