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).