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. In , 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. In , Chris has lost weight, is handsome, lives in Los Angeles ; and is a womanizer and a highly successful record producer. Prior to Christmas, Chris' employer, company CEO KC Stephen Root , asks Chris to accompany an emerging self-obsessed pop singer named Samantha James Anna Faris , whom Chris once went out with and ended up in the hospital afterwards, to Paris to ensure she signs with their label, an order to which Chris reluctantly complies.
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The best scenes in "Just Friends" take place offscreen. If they were in the movie, they would involve the makeover of Chris, the hero. As the film opens, he is a fat, unpopular nerd in high school. Flash-forward 10 years, and he is thin, fit, rich, handsome and working in the music industry. Obviously, during the missing decade, he hired Oprah's trainer and studied the self-help tapes sold by that guy on late-night TV -- you know, the guy who will make you into a person willing to accept success. You have to be willing, that's the trick. The guy's methods are proven because he is a success himself, having been willing to make millions by selling his tapes.