No Strings Attached pulls and tugs slightly
by Nathan Orians
Jan 26, 2011 | 2950 views | 0 0 comments | 48 48 recommendations | email to a friend | print
I go to a lot of movies, when I can’t find someone to go with me and I have no problem going on my own, but this week I wasn’t up to see “No Strings Attached” by myself. Not only was I positive the movie wasn’t going to be any good, but the prospect of sitting through a movie about awkward relationship moments on my own just felt awkward. The response I got from friends when I asked them to join me made it clear that I wasn’t the only one who had low expectations for the film.

Natalie Portman, playing Emma, and Ashton Kutcher, playing Adam, team up in this new age romantic comedy. In the first fifteen minutes of the film Emma and Adam bump into each other at different points in their lives, it’s like an accelerated version of “When Harry Met Sally.” When the film finally gets rolling Adam finds out that his father is dating his ex girlfriend, in response he drunkenly calls every girl on his phone to see if they will sleep with him. He ends up with Emma. Emma refuses to enter into an actual relationship because she fears being hurt, so the two become sex buddies.

If you have ever seen a romantic comedy before, you know how the film is going to end, but surprisingly I found myself pretty wrapped up in the story. I had my moments of questioning if I was sure everything would work out in the end.

The reason this movie isn’t straight up awful is that both Portman and Kutcher play their parts perfectly. The reason the movie isn’t great is that supporting cast is terrible and it’s not that there aren’t other good actors in the film, I like Kevin Kline, former Oscar winner, and Mindy Kaling, that girl from office. But they just don’t do a very god job.

The bottom line is this, “No Strings Attached” isn’t that bad. Plus if you need a good date night movie, this is the one, because in the end the only person I could find to go with me was my girlfriend and she didn’t break up with me afterward.

Rating: (2.5/5)
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