This afternoon I got a chance to see No Strings Attached, starring Ashton Kutcher and Natalie Portman.
Emma and Adam are life-long friends who almost ruin everything by having sex one morning. In order to protect their friendship, they make a pact to keep their relationship strictly "no strings attached." "No strings" means no jealousy, no expectations, no fighting, no flowers, no baby voices. It means they can do whatever they want, whenever they want, in whatever public place they want, as long as they don't fall in love. The question becomes -- who's going to fall first? And can their friendship survive?
*warning - this review contains spoilers*
I figured this would be a predictable romcom - girl & guy start random casual humping until the guy catches feelings (because its extra predictable to make the woman catch feelings) and then they end up together, but not without the obligatory breakup & makeup. This movie pretty much sticks to that script, but I was still moderately entertained. Mostly because of the writing, which totally took me off-guard. In the first scene, young Adam asks young Emma if he can finger her - totally surprised cause that's not really romcom fodder, right? I found the dialogue to be clever & more realistic than your average romantic comedy, and definitely not as corny, which I appreciated.
I'm normally not an Ashton Kutcher fan, most of the time he comes off as corny, but in this role it works because he's supposed to be the corny dude who catches feelings for the girl who doesn't do feelings. Natalie Portman plays emotionally unavailable pretty well, tho it was apparent that her character caught feelings & just refused to act on them. The supporting characters were pretty forgettable, with the exception of Ludacris. He did a pretty good job. And I noticed in a later scene that they even worked in a bottle of his Conjure cognac #productplacement. One supporting character that really didnt make any sense was this Eric guy who worked with Emma (Natalie Portman). It seemed like he was going to challenge Adam (Ashton Kutcher) for her affections but that never really happened. His role/purpose in the film was kinda weird, probably could have done without him & his scenes. We also could have done without Ashton's failed attempt at a hookup with his coworker...it served a purpose but she was just so weird, I wasn't feeling that scene at all.
Overall No Strings Attached is worth the price of a matinee, though waiting for it to hit Redbox isn't a bad idea either. I liked it despite the predictability of the film, mostly due to the dialogue.
Did you see No Strings Attached? What did you think?