Kutcher looks the part of a leading man, but he’s just not a good enough actor for me to ever invest. So much comes so easily to him when a camera and performance are involved, it seems impossible that he could be bad at anything.
He can’t deal with the disconnect of the reality that he might not be equally great at everything.
Or does he just not have “it” onscreen for some reason, even though he clearly has infinite “it” onstage? He seems in touch with his feminine side because he kind of had no choice but to be, having been pushed into youth beauty pageants and Mickey Mouse clubbery and all.
What is it that sucks out swag from some charismatic people and magnifies it in others when they get on film? Madonna is great in Desperately Seeking Susan and A League of Their Own for the same reasons Timberlake is good as Sean Parker in The Social Network. But Timberlake’s decent performance is only impressive given how bad he had been in other movies. He has what Rick James once called “bitch power” in Creem, which is the power that comes from men knowing that their girlfriends want to have sex with you.
At this point in his career, Justin has finally figured out how to manage being “Justin Timberlake” in public.
The movie allows him these passing moments of sexiness without destroying the core of his character.
His character is more complex than the movie initially lets on.
He cannot disappear into a role, or even casually inhabit one.
He is Justin Timberlake even when he is doing something that opposes his public persona, as in Bad Teacher. He might work in Friends With Benefits precisely because he seems to be making absolutely no effort to hide his Justin Timberlakeyness.