Emma has a busy life that doesn’t leave much room for romance, let alone a boyfriend or spouse. But after a one-night-stand with Adam she makes him an offer he can’t refuse; a no-strings-attached open relationship. While starts off well, things soon take a turn when feelings start to enter into the agreement.
Natalie Portman (Emma), Ashton Kutcher (Adam), Kevin Kline (Alvin), Cary Elwes (Dr. Metzner), Greta Gerwig (Patrice), Lake Bell (Lucy), Olivia Thirlby (Katie), Ludacris (Wallace), Jake Johnson (Eli).
No Strings Attached starts off well with just enough character background and plot setup to make things interesting. As the story gets rolling things get more entertaining as Emma and Adam start to interact more. What doesn’t make sense is that Adam is presented as having love at first sight feelings for Emma, yet agrees to a NSA relationship. From there we just sit back and wait for the inevitable; the two of them falling in love and trotting off happily into the sunset. On that level, the film doesn’t disappoint and thankfully a few laughs are thrown in along the way.
Acting was okay with Kutcher delivering about as we expect with silliness punctuated by attempts at seriousness. Portman did well and only overplayed in a few spots. Kline and Elwes were interesting additions with Kline playing a bit outside of reality and Elwes feeling quite underused.
Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were good and about what you would expect from a mainstream romantic comedy with a reasonable budget. Dialogue was good with nice contrast between drama and humor. Sound and soundtrack were both nicely done.
Overall No Strings Attached has very little to do with an NSA relationship and is much more a simple, vanilla romantic comedy. Portman fans will enjoy this the most with Kutcher and drama fans coming in a close second.
With sexual content, mild nudity, and some drug use save this one for older teens and above.
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No Strings Attached is no longer showing in any Littleton Colorado movie theatres.
Star rating: 3 out of 5
copyright ©2011 Dave Riedel
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