Rated: R Reviewed by: Frank Release date: January 21, 2011 Released by: Paramount Pictures Corporation
The first date we see in No Strings Attached takes place at a funeral; the remainder of the film is about as enjoyable as a funeral.
Emma (Natalie Portman) and Adam (Ashton Kutcher) are shown as friends from childhood, they like each other from the beginning. Does this give a hint how the film will end? Later they meet again at a frat party at Michigan State and again even later in Los Angeles as she is doing her medical internship and he works for a film production company in a lowly job.
To introduce us to his job we are forced to see a cheerleader dance sequence which must have been inserted to lengthen the film. The plot could have easily ended after fifteen minutes. The question which overrides everything else is can folks who like each other as friends become lovers?
The big curve is that Emma just wants quick non attached sex wherever and whenever possible. That premise might carry a film as women in the beginning of the twenty-first century are apparently just as interested in sex as men. Things have changed but the script just uses the idea to develop silly clumsy comedy.
Kevin Kline as Adam's father has not lost his sex drive and he suddenly is dating Adam's former girlfriend which freaks out Adam. Dad thinks its fine. Kline does have a sense of comedy that works for his character who seeks every opportunity for a tryst; he is the old version that Emma wants to be in today's world.
To work in what appears to be a shot at more laughs vulgar language is used constantly by all characters and it is uncomfortable quite often. It comes from jackass fan type friends who give silly dumb advice to Adam which he is foolish enough to follow.
What we expect to be sexy, and polished turns out to be dull, not what we expect of Natalie Portman who will probably win an Academy Award for the Swan.
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