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On Demand movie highlights

FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS

(Starz on Comcast) A mainstream metrosexual romantic comedy that shouldn’t work but does. Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake play friends who think they can skip love and go directly to sex, and, yes, you’ve seen this before (see “No Strings Attached’’). The difference is a smart script and playful stars who scramble the usual gender roles. (R; runs through July 16)

HOW TO EAT FRIED WORMS

(HBO on Comcast) It’s like a Little Rascals short with close-ups of deep-fried worms. Thomas Rockwell’s children’s book — a gross-out fave to generations of 8-year-olds — has been turned into kiddie fodder about a boy (Luke Benward) who has to eat 10 worms in one day on a bully’s dare. The tone of genial, skinned-knee innocence makes you wish the rest of the movie weren’t so shoddy. (PG; runs through July 8) (Ty Burr)

STANDING IN THE SHADOWS OF MOTOWN

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(Showtime on Comcast) A Detroit “Buena Vista Social Club,” Paul Justman’s documentary celebrates the Funk Brothers, the unsung Motown session musicians who played on just about every song the label put out in the 1960s. The film features glorious live musical numbers from a 2000 concert where the Brothers backed singers like Joan Osborne and Meshell Ndegeocello on Motown classics; it also reconvenes the musicians for remembrances that are both poignant and frustratingly diplomatic. (PG; runs through July 16)

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