The script for Ivan Reitman‘s No Strings Attached, written by Elizabeth Meriwether, was originally called Fuckbuddies. Paramount wouldn’t release a film with that title so they renamed it Friends With Benefits — an okay substitute. But a Justin Timberlake film with the same title had dibs.

That ten-year-old *NSYNC track is the most familiar reference, but for me No Strings Attached is a decades-old Richard Rodgers title. What an ignoble ending for a script that everyone liked when it was on the Black List.