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No Strings Attached (2011)



Critic Consensus: It benefits from the presence of Natalie Portman and director Ivan Reitman's steady hand, but No Strings Attached doesn't have the courage or conviction to follow through on its ribald premise.

Movie Info

In this comedy, Emma (Natalie Portman) and Adam (Ashton Kutcher) 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 questions become - Can you have sex without love getting in the way? And can their friendship survive? -- (C) Paramountmore
Rating: R (for sexual content, language and some drug material)
Genre: Television, Romance, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Elizabeth Meriweather, Elizabeth Meriwether
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 10, 2011
Box Office: $70.6M
Paramount Pictures - Official Site


Cary Elwes
as Dr. Metzner
Greta Gerwig
as Patrice
Talia Balsam
as Sandra Kurtzman
Gary David Goldberg
as Emma's Relative
Armen Weitzman
as Taxi Driver
T. Shaun Russell
as LACMA Guard
Nealla Gordon
as Lydia (Female Doctor...
Seth Morris
as Man with Dog
Kym Connor
as Stage Mom
Renna Bartlett
as Stage Assistant Dire...
Jennifer L. Hamilton
as On Camera Choreograp...
Krystal Ellsworth
as Secret High Dancer
Megan Honore
as Secret High Dancer
Moira "Anjolie" Marf...
as Secret High Dancer
Casey KC Monnie
as Secret High Dancer
Dalphe Morantus
as Secret High Dancer
William T. Loftus
as Secret High Dancer
Nicholas Lanzisera
as Secret High Dancer
Jason Williams
as Secret High Dancer
Heather Phillips
as Secret High Dancer
Britt Stewart
as Secret High Dancer
Katie Norman
as Secret High Dancer
Kim Lofko Germar
as Secret High Dancer
Paula Van Oppen
as Secret High Dancer
Tom Tangen
as Eli's Dad
Tim Matheson
as Eli's Dad
Milton Greenberg
as Boy at Wake
Rachel McDermott
as STK Waitress
Robert Trapp
as Mini-Golfer
Rachael Markarian
as Frat Party Dancer
Rachel Markarian
as Frat Party Dancer
Kherington Payne
as Frat Party Dancer
Dylan Hayes
as Young Adam
Stefanie Scott
as Young Emma
Katrina Katie Norman
as Secret High Dancer
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Critic Reviews for No Strings Attached

All Critics (164) | Top Critics (40)

You get the feeling Reitman packed the supporting cast with ringers because he knew his leads couldn't cut it.

Full Review… | May 3, 2015
Philadelphia Weekly

While it's not without problems, No Strings Attached is a romantic comedy worth watching, and that's saying a lot. Every member of the cast lights up the screen with humor and charm and there are a lot of genuinely funny moments.

Full Review… | August 11, 2013
We Got This Covered

Aside from its unromantic plot, "Attached" is over-sexed, overdone and overcome by a terrible script.

Full Review… | June 30, 2013
Big Hollywood

Benefits the most from a sexy, emotionally available/vulnerable turn by Natalie Portman. But the Kutcher guy isn't bad either.

Full Review… | January 16, 2013
Tribune News Service

Acting opposite Ashton Kutcher is the equivalent of dropping down a year in school for someone like Natalie Portman.

Full Review… | September 28, 2012

Portman is a true comedienne on screen. Hopefully she'll add a few more performances like this one to her resume' in the near future.

Full Review… | August 16, 2011

Audience Reviews for No Strings Attached


A cute different take on the romantic comedy. Portman and Kutcher actually have a very good chemistry in the movie and the supporting cast is actually quite good. Despite going in with limited expectations this was a very enjoyable movie.

John Manard

Super Reviewer


This plot has been around before - can a couple have regular sex without falling in love? At least in the movies, it is not possible. At least the rest of the plot around that basic plot was interesting.

Red Lats

Super Reviewer

Two successful twentysomethings agree to have a "friends with benefits" relationship, but they predictably fall for each other.
I think the only things I liked about this film were the few charming moments and unique courtship ideas. Adam makes Emma a period mix featuring songs like "Bleeding Love." Instead of flowers he gives her carrots. It's cute. But that's the extent of what's good about this film. The characters are plastic, and there's nothing interesting about the story. With a long exposition and supporting characters with nothing unique about their support, the film is poorly structured: the first time Adam and Emma have sex is clearly ridden with emotion, and Natalie Portman's version of an emotionally unavailable woman is more emotionally available than many women I could consider soul mates.
Overall, this movie sucks, but I am considering making my next love interest a period mix, only I'd include The Hush Sound's "Wine Red."

Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

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