An unlikely pairing, the above named items are the subjects of the two films I reviewed for Slant Magazine this week. What do both have in common? Their use of questionable strategies in support of conventional aims: in Friends with Benefits, a "critique" of rom-com conventions which it then proceeds to employ with abandon, in Sarah's Key, the use of the Shoah to milk easy sentiment.
Friends with Benefits (Slant)
Sarah's Key (Slant)