No Strings Attached

MV5BMTg2MDQ1NTEzNl5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwOTgxNTMyNA@@._V1._SY317_Natalie Portman, Ashton Kutcher

Portman plays Emma, a young doctor who is emotionally distant and fiercely independent.  She first meets Adam (Kutcher) at 14, and they meet up again from time to time over the years. Until one day, they meet up and have sex. In order to stay friends and not complicate the relationship while they have all this casual sex, they make a ‘no strings attached’ pact. Predictably, the pact can’t work because they develop deep feelings for each other – feelings that have probably been there all along.

The film plays a little bit with some stereotypical gender roles – reversing them to make Adam needy and wanting a real relationship; and Emma the one who is seriously avoiding a relationship situation.  “…I’ll just end up with a broken heart and a bunch of his old t-shirts”.

Portman manages to give this rom com an edge that others have been lacking lately. She is feisty and strong, but she’s not nutty – she’s not the typical rom com protagonist with the typical gags.

Great supporting roles are played by Kevin Kline, Lake Bell (What Happens in Vegas, and It’s Complicated), Olivia Thirlby (Juno and New York I love You) and Greta Gerwig.

I was disappointed when this film started to wind up as I did want to see more of Portman and Kutcher together. This rom com definitely had something a little more than what I’ve been watching lately. Both Portman and Kutcher were excellent, and there were some very funny parts without going overboard. Highly recommend it, and would watch it again.

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Posted on 18/11/2011, in sex with friend rom coms, the whole rom com list, top rom coms and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Comments Off on No Strings Attached.

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