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No Strings Attached
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05.11.2011 By: Chris Bumbray
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Director:
Ivan Reitman

Actors:
Natalie Portman
Ashton Kutcher

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Emma (Natalie Portman) is a young doctor without time in her life for commitment. Enter Adam (Ashton Kutcher), whoís girlfriend just left him for his ex-sitcom star father (Kevin Kline). Adam and Emma decide to embark on a purely sexual relationship, free of jealously, commitment, and love. But what happens when Adam starts to fall in love with Emma? Will Emma end the relationship, or discover that she also has feeling for Adam? If you donít know, you havenít seen many movies.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
I wonder how NO STRINGS ATTACHED would have been received if it opened before BALCK SWAN? Iím sure the idea of pairing Ashton Kutcher and Natalie Portman is a rom-com might have seemed less odd pre-BLACK SWAN, but coming hot on its heels, it seemed like an odd follow-up vehicle.

Kutcherís taken a lot of flack over the past couple of years, with him being responsible for a never-ending stream of shitty movies in the past few years, including the unfathomably bad KILLERS. Heís totally outclassed by Portman, making their pairing even stranger. Luckily, under the sure-hand of Ivan Reitman (director of the legendary STRIPES and GHOSTBUSTERS), Kutcher gives a surprisingly likable performance, that seems toned down from his manic turns in films like WHAT HAPPENS IN VEGAS.

Too bad him and Portman have no chemistry.

Casting a romance is a delicate proposition. No matter how talented your leads are, chemistry is unpredictable, and Kutcher and Portman, both of whom are fine (with Portman showing off some nice comedic chops), but the two just donít generate any heat. Perhaps the overly goofy tone is the culprit, as the sex scenes should have been a little less funny, and a lot more sexy, especially considering the R-rating.

Nevertheless, the film is still pretty watchable, with both Kutcher and Portman being appealing, despite their lack of chemistry. I also loved the supporting turn by the great Kevin Kline, as Kutcherís washed-up sitcom star, stoner father. Greta Gerwig is also quite likable as Portmanís best gal pal, although Olivia Thirlby is really underused as Portmanís soon to be married sis (although the two could easily pass for sexy sisters).

THE EXTRAS
NO STRINGS ATTCHED gets a pretty hefty selection of extras, starting with audio commentary by Ivan Reitman. Next up are some deleted scenes , three featurettes , as well as a DVD, and digital copy of the film.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Overall, NO STRINGS ATTACHED is a decent romantic comedy, although it lacks the key ingredient all rom-coms require- chemistry between the two leads. That said, itís still a very watchable film.
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