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NO STRINGS ATTACHED

A 2011 romantic comedy starring Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher.

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A Quick Tip by Count_Orlok_22

  • Jun 27, 2011
I'm not a fan of romantic comedies, I loathe Ashton Kutcher, and I find most Hollywood films to be fairly predictable and dull... yet for some reason (Natalie Portman) I almost liked this film. The keyword (other than Natalie Portman) being 'almost'.
What works in this film (Natalie Portman) is that the characters are surprisingly charming despite their predictability. And I found myself attracted to (Natalie Portman) them for a number of reasons, mostly because they're so quirky and simple. But the problem with the film (is not Natalie Portman) is that the film follows such an obvious formula and any viewer could easily tell you how the entire film will end up within the first fifteen minutes. It's a shame (not for Natalie Portman) that the writer/director Ivan Reitman couldn't have subverted expectations a bit more or that he couldn't have gone with a more truthful ending since in real life being with the people you love doesn't always work out.
In terms of the humor, there's quite a bit of strong language and raunch, but it never feels excessive because the good intentions of the characters and the writers for that matter outweigh the sexual humor and general silliness. Unfortunately, the film's last act is what keeps it from being anything more than a stupid cliched Hollywood love story. So, despite my admiration of (Natalie Portman) the film's intentions and attempt at telling a humorous romance, he film just doesn't hold up under any real critical analysis.
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June 27, 2011
Portman did all the heavy lifting in this film...it turned out better than I thought it would be...
 
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review by . January 22, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
Star Rating:         What No Strings Attached lacks in originality and unpredictability is made up for in the charm and likeability of its leads. Ashton Kutcher and Natalie Portman not only have great onscreen chemistry, they also are individually well developed – at least, as well developed as they can be within the boundaries of a romantic comedy. It’s also surprisingly funny, although it’s only partly because of the well placed raunchy sex jokes; …
review by . February 21, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
      Ivan Reitman, the director known for his long collaboration with Bill Murray, gave me enough reasons to worry about this flick only by the look of the trailer. No Strings Attached looked just like another cheap and average romantic comedy full of glam scenes and cliches. Is it the case here? Yes, it probably is. But something changed my judgment on this movie right after I left the theater. I said to myself: "wait a minute, this movie ain't that bad so I need to …
Quick Tip by . May 20, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
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After Natalie Portman received high acclaim for "Black Swan", I am truly dumbfounded how her follow up would be this film and "Your Highness". However, I have to say while I knew where this movie was going when I saw the trailers, I thought it was pretty fun. There really isn't much for me to say about this film so I'll stick to a quick tip.      Portman plays Emma and she is not into relationships and Kutcher plays Adam, an aspiring script writer …
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  • Opens January 21, 2011 | Runtime:1 hr. 50 min.
  • R
    Sexual content, language and some drug content
  • Lifelong friends Emma (Natalie Portman) and Adam (Ashton Kutcher) take their relationship to the next level by having sex. Afraid of ruining their friendship, the new lovers make a pact to keep things purely physical, with no fighting, no jealousy and no expectations. Emma and Adam pledge to do whatever they want, wherever they want, as long as they do not fall in love. The question then becomes, which one will fall first?
  • Cast: Natalie Portman, Ashton Kutcher, Greta Gerwig, Mindy Kaling, Olivia Thirlby
  • Director: Ivan Reitman
  • Genres: Romantic ComedySex ComedyComedy
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