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Natalie Portman hates cliche romantic comedies, except her own

01.19.2011by:

Like many of you, I was surprised to see an actress like Natalie Portman go from potential Oscar frontrunner for BLACK SWAN to starring in a romantic comedy with Ashton Kutcher as her next career move.

She's always steered away from the genre, and explains why in an interview with EW.

“But the girls are always in fashion, and it’s always about their clothes. They always want to get married at the end. There’s some kind of makeover scene. That stuff offends me.”

So uh, what exactly are you doing in NO STRINGS ATTACHED then?

“My character is a woman who’s working, who’s trying to create her own construct for relationships, who’s funny herself — and isn’t just the girlfriend of a funny guy.”

Correct, she's the girlfriend of Ashton Kutcher. BA-ZING!

But seriously, from the trailer and poster, this movie looks like one of the most cliché rom coms that's been released in some time, even if the roles are reversed and it's the girl who wants to bang and the guy who wants a relationship. Perhaps there's some twist ending where they DON'T end up together and realize they work as a couple, but that would greatly disappoint the kind of audience actually attracted to a movie like this.

Portman usually picks her projects carefully, so perhaps there's more to this movie than meets the eye, but we'll have to wait a few days to find that out. If it does end up being worthwhile, it was marketed horribly, because as initially tempting as it is to sell your film on a sexually aggressive Natalie Portman, when put into practice with a trailer that says "sex" every other word to hammer to the point home, it comes across as desperate.

Extra Tidbit: On Portman turning down DOUBT: "Natalie was very interested but kept saying she had a problem. She basically said she didnít understand celibacy.Ē Life imitates art?
Source: EW

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1:22PM on 01/20/2011

Fucking great...

I really want to go see a movie where Natalie gets banged non-stop by douche-fuck Ashton for 90 minutes. That'll definitely lift my spirit.
I really want to go see a movie where Natalie gets banged non-stop by douche-fuck Ashton for 90 minutes. That'll definitely lift my spirit.
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6:37AM on 01/20/2011

I'm seriously having an OD on Nat.

This looks like absolute crap. I have thought Natalie was great ever since her brilliant turn in "The Professional" & thought she'd have a great career, but my god enough about her. I can't stand how the media obsesses about a certain star every so often, what am I saying? "Jersey Shore" idiots, that Montag chick, The Real Housewives seriously WTF? Just go away for a little while dear, have your kid & come back in a few years.
This looks like absolute crap. I have thought Natalie was great ever since her brilliant turn in "The Professional" & thought she'd have a great career, but my god enough about her. I can't stand how the media obsesses about a certain star every so often, what am I saying? "Jersey Shore" idiots, that Montag chick, The Real Housewives seriously WTF? Just go away for a little while dear, have your kid & come back in a few years.
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9:50PM on 01/19/2011
Well, what the fuck else is she going to say? This is a movie she has a personal stake in, whether it's shitty or not. "Oh, that movie is such a piece of shit. Please don't watch this so that my career will be ruined to oblivion"
Well, what the fuck else is she going to say? This is a movie she has a personal stake in, whether it's shitty or not. "Oh, that movie is such a piece of shit. Please don't watch this so that my career will be ruined to oblivion"
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9:43PM on 01/19/2011
You know, people talk a lot of trash about Portman, but you can't name one actress in her age range that is better. Let's be honest, for females her age there are not a lot of strong leading female roles, its mostly a love interest or some chick flick, maybe the occasional independent drama that most people never see. Granted, this film looks as cliche as they come but maybe there is more to it than I think. And can you really balme Portman for wanting to try 1 generic rom-com after all the
You know, people talk a lot of trash about Portman, but you can't name one actress in her age range that is better. Let's be honest, for females her age there are not a lot of strong leading female roles, its mostly a love interest or some chick flick, maybe the occasional independent drama that most people never see. Granted, this film looks as cliche as they come but maybe there is more to it than I think. And can you really balme Portman for wanting to try 1 generic rom-com after all the other movies she's done, because I can't.
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6:29PM on 01/19/2011
To be honest, the Portman love has always confused me. Everyone's acting like Black Swan is her normal type of film while No Strings Attached is some sort of weird project that is beneath her. The way I see it, this movie is her norm and Black Swan is the movie that is out of place in her filmography.

Seriously, last I checked, she was in crap like the Star Wars Prequels and Mr. Magoriums Wonder Emporium. Not only were they bad films, but she was absolutely horrible in them. Then she did a
To be honest, the Portman love has always confused me. Everyone's acting like Black Swan is her normal type of film while No Strings Attached is some sort of weird project that is beneath her. The way I see it, this movie is her norm and Black Swan is the movie that is out of place in her filmography.

Seriously, last I checked, she was in crap like the Star Wars Prequels and Mr. Magoriums Wonder Emporium. Not only were they bad films, but she was absolutely horrible in them. Then she did a bunch of little seen poorly rated films like Goya's Ghosts, My Blueberry Nights, The Other Boleyn Girl, Brothers, Where the Heart Is, etc. She has a pretty shit career.

The only good movies that she seems to have been involved in are Leon, Closer, Garden State, V For Vendetta and now Black Swan. And in most of those films, her performance wasn't exactly the reason that the films were good. Her career has much more crap than gold, that's for sure.

I don't know, she's listed as the second best actress on MFC, right behind Winslet and ahead of Blanchett, (Two of my favorite actresses) and aside from Black Swan, I don't feel that ANY of her performances are anywhere near those other two actresses. Black Swan is the first time I've been impressed with her, whereas Winslet and Blanchett do it in practically every movie they do.

I put her in the same group as someone like Scarlett Johansson.A couple decent performances here and there (Lost in Translation, Match Point) but hardly a great actress.

Maybe someone here can explain why she's so highly regarded on this site. Is it just because everyone finds her attractive and funny so they overlook her actual movies? I just don't get it.
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5:35PM on 01/19/2011

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Just another reason today's actresses have no credibility.
Just another reason today's actresses have no credibility.
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5:29PM on 01/19/2011

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Just another reason today's actresses have no credibility.
Just another reason today's actresses have no credibility.
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4:12PM on 01/19/2011
She has a right to be confident. She's a great actress and has a successful career, but sometimes she does come off a little too cocky. The movie will probably be terrible and will probably be quickly forgotten.

The Proposal and (500) Days of Summer are the most recent Romantic Comedies that I remember being really good.
She has a right to be confident. She's a great actress and has a successful career, but sometimes she does come off a little too cocky. The movie will probably be terrible and will probably be quickly forgotten.

The Proposal and (500) Days of Summer are the most recent Romantic Comedies that I remember being really good.
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4:06PM on 01/19/2011
Portman has always seemed like such a whiny, self-important pill of a woman. High maintenance if I ever saw it. Don't like her personality one bit. Kunis, on the other hand, seems like an awesome woman. Very down-to-earth and funny in interviews, etc. Her Craig Ferguson interviews are always hilarious.
Portman has always seemed like such a whiny, self-important pill of a woman. High maintenance if I ever saw it. Don't like her personality one bit. Kunis, on the other hand, seems like an awesome woman. Very down-to-earth and funny in interviews, etc. Her Craig Ferguson interviews are always hilarious.
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3:49PM on 01/19/2011

Funny thing is...

...that Mila Kunis is gonna be in the same exact movie, except it's called Friends With Benefits and she's in it with Justin Timberlake. Wonder which movie will do better? Haha jk Who cares?!
...that Mila Kunis is gonna be in the same exact movie, except it's called Friends With Benefits and she's in it with Justin Timberlake. Wonder which movie will do better? Haha jk Who cares?!
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3:02PM on 01/19/2011
Yeah, it's kind of sad to Natalie go from Black Swan to this, but I guess I can understand her decision as an actress. She hates the romcom genre, but saw a romcom here with a strong female lead. I think people are kind of misinterpreting her words. To me, it looks like she's talking about typical romcoms with typical female leads, and she makes a good point. And for me, Natalie Portman has every right to be critical. She's proven herself and really doesn't have to prove herself anymore.

As
Yeah, it's kind of sad to Natalie go from Black Swan to this, but I guess I can understand her decision as an actress. She hates the romcom genre, but saw a romcom here with a strong female lead. I think people are kind of misinterpreting her words. To me, it looks like she's talking about typical romcoms with typical female leads, and she makes a good point. And for me, Natalie Portman has every right to be critical. She's proven herself and really doesn't have to prove herself anymore.

As for this movie, not interested. I may be a fan of Portman, but there is nothing that could get me to shell out money for anything Ashton Kutcher is in.
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2:20PM on 01/19/2011

She Is An IDIOT!

First off, here idea of a rom-com (that she listed reasons of) are from the late 90s. Every one nowadays are strong woman roles (every Heigl film, ew) but still. She is gonna become the female Cuba Gooding Jr after she wins her oscar. She's a phony!! A real big Phony!!
First off, here idea of a rom-com (that she listed reasons of) are from the late 90s. Every one nowadays are strong woman roles (every Heigl film, ew) but still. She is gonna become the female Cuba Gooding Jr after she wins her oscar. She's a phony!! A real big Phony!!
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2:01PM on 01/19/2011
Maybe its just the paycheck for the baby?
Maybe its just the paycheck for the baby?
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1:45PM on 01/19/2011

this is how you take a big shit on your career.

i have NO clue what she's doing in this movie. it takes credibility away from her as an actress and as anyone with any kind of taste. ashton kutcher AND luda???
i have NO clue what she's doing in this movie. it takes credibility away from her as an actress and as anyone with any kind of taste. ashton kutcher AND luda???
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1:30PM on 01/19/2011
I'm always excited to see Natalie Portman in a film. I know that she's a brilliant Harvard grad. I'm also aware that she can be incredibly funny and charming in interviews. Buuuut...sometimes, she comes across as really annoying with the whole "I am woman, hear me roar" bit. C'mon, Ms. Portman, it's a fucking Ashton Kutcher rom com. There's no excusing it.
I'm always excited to see Natalie Portman in a film. I know that she's a brilliant Harvard grad. I'm also aware that she can be incredibly funny and charming in interviews. Buuuut...sometimes, she comes across as really annoying with the whole "I am woman, hear me roar" bit. C'mon, Ms. Portman, it's a fucking Ashton Kutcher rom com. There's no excusing it.
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1:27PM on 01/19/2011
I see there is another movie coming out later this year with Cameron Diaz and Justin Timberlake called Friends with Benefits. Sounds like the same movie, heck, they all but use that term in the tagline
I see there is another movie coming out later this year with Cameron Diaz and Justin Timberlake called Friends with Benefits. Sounds like the same movie, heck, they all but use that term in the tagline
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2:44PM on 01/19/2011
Kunis, not Diaz.
Kunis, not Diaz.
12:59PM on 01/19/2011

What do ya know?

She's in a shitty rom com with Ashton "douche" Kutcher.
She's in a shitty rom com with Ashton "douche" Kutcher.
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12:46PM on 01/19/2011
It's amazing how crappy the genre has become. I can't remember the last one my wife actually even wanted to watch herself, much less drag me to. No complaints here . . .
It's amazing how crappy the genre has become. I can't remember the last one my wife actually even wanted to watch herself, much less drag me to. No complaints here . . .
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