Justin Timberlake Filmography

After a string of hit singles and successful albums, Justin Timberlake made his way to the big screen. The actor has since starred in a number of movies that have received critical acclaim, from romantic comedies like Friends with Benefits to gritty dramas like In Time and Alpha Dog.

Brad Furman’s 2013 crime thriller Palmer is a noteworthy addition to Timberlakes filmography. He stars alongside Jeff Bridges as father-son duo Kyle and Carlton.

The Social Network (2010)

A rumination on the nature of privacy in the age of digital media, this drama from director David Fincher and screenwriter Aaron Sorkin was Oscar-winning. It stars Jesse Eisenberg as Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, along with Andrew Garfield and Justin Timberlake as Eduardo Saverin and Sean Parker, the other principals involved in the website’s creation.

Armie Hammer played twins Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, Harvard classmates of Zuckerberg who sued him for stealing their idea that became Facebook. The film contains some strong language and flashing images.

In Time (2011)

In a future where time is money and the rich can live forever, Will Salas (Justin Timberlake) has only a day left on his clock. He shares his dwindling supply of “time currency” with a beggar girl while living in Dayton’s impoverished ghettos.

A drab script and stiff acting keep In Time from reaching its full potential, but it’s interesting concept and uncanny topicality still make it worth seeing. The gomovies film also stars Amanda Seyfried, Cillian Murphy and Vincent Kartheiser. This is the first collaboration between director Andrew Niccol and actor Justin Timberlake.

Bad Teacher (2011)

After her rich milksop fiance dumps her, seventh grade teacher Elizabeth Halsey tries to make ends meet by doing the “absolute minimum.” Unfortunately, she embezzled funds from a car wash fundraiser and gets caught stealing from students.

Bad Teacher follows a well-worn formula, but its raunchy humor and sharp performances give it a fresh kick. Cameron Diaz is in top form as the scheming Elizabeth, and her chemistry with coworker frenemy Amy Squirrel (Lucy Punch) and doofy gym teacher Russel Gettis (Jason Segel) is hysterical. Bad Teacher also helped launch the careers of its ensemble cast.

Trouble with the Curve (2012)

Trouble with the Curve is a sports drama that stars Clint Eastwood and Amy Adams. It is directed by Robert Lorenz and written by Randy Brown.

As a film that takes place mostly in baseball stadiums, it is somewhat predictable but nevertheless quite enjoyable. Eastwood, who looks like a PG-13 version of the ornery cowboy in Gran Torino, is marvelous as an old-fashioned scout who values experience and intuition over numbers and computerized evaluations. He’s joined by a solid cast including John Goodman and Matthew Lillard.

Friends with Benefits (2011)

Released in 2011, Friends with Benefits starred Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake as two friends who have a purely physical relationship without emotional attachment. The movie falls under the romantic comedy genre and features plenty of humor.

Director Gluck assembles a solid cast, including Patricia Clarkson, Jenna Elfman, and Bryan Greenberg. But it’s Kunis and Timberlake who hold the center of attention. Their chemistry is palpable and never boring. They’re also easy to root for because their characters are well-developed and never stereotypes. The result is a lighthearted and engaging film.

Alpha Dog (2006)

Written and directed by Nick Cassavetes (The Notebook), this crime drama showcased Timberlake in a more serious light. He plays Frankie, the right-hand man of Johnny, a lowlife drug dealer who kidnaps a buyer (Anton Yelchin).

This thriller had car chases and fight scenes and marked a solid early performance for the pop star. It also put him on the map as an actor. He would go on to play a few more notable roles in the years that followed.

Black Snake Moan (2007)

Following up his breakout hit Hustle & Flow, director Craig Brewer turns up the heat for this blaxploitation tale of a former bluesman and a chained girl. Samuel L. Jackson delivers a fiery turn as the title character, while Christina Ricci is bracing in her role as Rae.

When the God-fearing Laz finds Rae on the side of the road, he vows to cure her of her “sickness,” a burning yearning for sex that only he can satisfy. Brewer’s film croons with its own brand of southern gothic.

Shrek the Third (2007)

After a string of comedies, Timberlake proved himself a serious actor in 2010’s The Social Network, as Sean Parker, the founder of Facebook. The film garnered critical acclaim and was a huge box office hit.

He then starred in Bad Teacher (2011) and Friends with Benefits (2011) opposite Cameron Diaz and Mila Kunis. He also appeared in Clint Eastwood’s baseball drama Trouble with the Curve (2012) and the crime thriller Runner Runner (2013).

He appeared in the acclaimed drama Palmer (2021) and provided the voice of Branch for the animated comedy Trolls (2016).

The Love Guru (2008)

Myers’s sketch-based comedy has given way to more naturalistic characters of late, but he still has the ability to create hilarious situations. In The Love Guru, he plays the guru whose unorthodox methods help a hockey star reclaim his mojo.

Myers is aided by Jessica Alba, Romany Malco, Ben Kingsley, and Verne Troyer, but the movie’s slapstick humor falls flat.

The Love Guru proves that external constraints serve Myers better than complete artistic freedom. His spoof of Deepak Chopra isn’t as sharp without the context of his previous works.

The Open Road (2009)

Timberlake reunites with Jeff Bridges for this dramedy about a minor league baseball player trying to reconnect with his father. Mary Steenburgen and Harry Dean Stanton also star in this plodding road trip film.

After starring in the comedies Bad Teacher and Friends With Benefits, Timberlake took on more dramatic roles in The Social Network and Alpha Dog. He also appeared in the 2013 thriller Runner Runner and the Coen brothers’ Inside Llewyn Davis.

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