No Strings Attached Reviews
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."
I began watching this movie, expecting for it to be a stupid, shallow chick flick. That's pretty much exactly what it was. This movie lacked any depth in the script and the entire premise was painfully shallow. "Wait *dramatic pause with tears in his eyes*if you come any closer I'll never let you go." Oh God....seriously? Unnecessary melodramatic bullshit. I laughed when he said that. I wonder if the writer's realized the cheesiness of the script. I guess that's what they were going for.
The plot itself was very predictable as are most romantic comedies. I have to say I did not like Natalie Portman's character one bit. Portman put on a pretty good performance considering the terrible script and plot. However Portman was an executive producer, so I'm sure she could've improved the movie so it would've sucked less. Anyway, Portman's character Emma seemed kind of 2 dimensional and underdeveloped. She doesn't like relationships, prefers to stay independent, etc. I feel like everything was rushed in the beginning, and we didn't really find out any of this until later. I just feel like the characters were just cliched and thrown together. I don't think they were really thought out that well. I didn't like Portman's character mainly because she strung her "fuck buddy" along clearly aware that he loved her then dumped him. I don't think she was really ready to be in a relationship at all- including a physical one. I'm not really sure why she wanted a fuck buddy in the beginning--what brought that on? Also, why did Adam (Ashton's character) want a fuck buddy? To numb the pain of his ex girlfriend? Um...okay. Good plot, guys. Never seen that one before.
I did like the camera shots of this movie though. The near last shot of them holding hands, I thought, was rather cute. And despite the awful character developments Ashton Kutcher and Natalie Portman did a pretty good job with their performances. Getting teary eyed as if they really cared about each other. I have to say though, Natalie Portman is not funny. Everything she did that was supposed to be humorous made me cringe. It was really dumb. She was trying way to hard. Her character annoyed me more than anything.
In the end, I genuinely hate pretty much all romantic comedies, but this one sucked almost as much as Valentine's Day. Someone else gave this movie 100% (probably a stupid girl who wouldn't know a good movie if it kicked her in the ass) and stated that the Notebook was also just as "amazing". These kinds of people should be banned from using Rotten Tomatoes.
Letīs say that Greta Gerwig made me watch this film or maybe the idea I canīt take off of my head that, definitely, everything has two opposite sides: if watching films and writing about them seems to be the perfect job, then you are forced not to only watch terrible ones but also to form consistent opinion about them. I mean, you have to say it sucks in a more elaborate way. That said, let us press forward.
When a film is really bad, you know it from scene one. As if it wasnīt enough, the next scene happens to be even worst. I always ask myself if you guys are really that stupid, i.e., the frat party: "This is a frat party. You just have to be drunk and look hot. Watch and learn. Hey. Hey! Iīm so drunk".
Hum, yeah. Next.
Two people decide to be sex friends, but of course things wonīt work out as they "expected". Everything is so predicable and boringly silly (like the boyish discussions between Adam and his friends) that not even the upside-down bunch of carrots is able to bring some fresh air. And letīs pretend we didnīt understand the prejudiced joke when Adam wakes up naked on someoneīs couch and sees an Indian look alike girl that not really fits into the beauty standards (e.g., slimness). But he is a nice boy and he only gets a bit scary when a gay guy, not into the beauty standards either, tells Adam he had left his socks in his room. Let us turn off the tv now, please.
*The one star goes to Hugoīs 99 Problems song, played for no more than 30 seconds maybe, but which rhythm immediately caught my attention.
Natalie Portman comes out of award season on the top with her Best Actress awards for her performance in "Black Swan" including the Golden Globe and Oscar in the near future, probably. For her first film in the new year, she takes on the romantic-comedy genre for the first time since her performance in the 2004 film "Garden State". Her co-star Ashton Kutcher, however, is no stranger when it comes to the romantic-comedy genre with his last few films being in that area ("What Happens in Vegas", "Valentine's Day", "Killers"). These two together, they create a very awkward, but realistic chemistry with their character's Adam and Emma. Their relationship begins when the two meet as teenagers sexually frustrated at a summer camp and from there we seem them as strange acquaintances right through the early years of their adulthood until they are both thrown into each other's lives for the final time. Emma, is a successful doctor, isn't looking for a relationship. She works eighty hours a week and doesn't want a relationship. Adam is an aspiring writer looking for his break working on the set of a high-school series, which is very similar to "Glee". The two decide to have a relationship with no commitment, just sex. But, how long will it take before a knot comes into their strings?
One highlight of the film is how accurate and realistic the interactions between Adam and Emma are when they're together. The two, acting weird around each other, is exactly what you do when your in a relationship. Your yourself. A lot of romantic-comedies nowadays seem to forget what makes the movie good, not the story, but the chemistry between the characters. "No Strings Attached" hits that spot-on. The casting of Portman and Kutcher is the golden choice, as well, because I haven't witness such on-screen chemistry in a romantic-comedy since Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel in "(500) Days of Summer". Portman's performance as Emma is great. Could you expect nothing less from her? Ashton Kutcher, on the other hand, actually does a good job here. I remember years ago when he used to host "Punk'd" and he was such a bad actor. He was okay on "That 70's Show", but his movies were horrible. His past few movies have been major improvement in his career, but "No Strings Attached" definitely tied the knot on that statement. He isn't playing himself here, he's playing Adam. A character. Adam is pretty likeable, he wants to be a writer, and that being my true dream as well, I liked his character all the more. The film doesn't just grasp onto the character's lives in the present, we get back-stories and enough information to really feel a connection with them.
The supporting stars here do just as good a job as the main stars. The most notable character here is Adam's father Alvin, who is dating Adam's ex-girlfriend, and is also quite the daredevil when it comes to trying new things. Kline, a strange choice, is pretty funny here with the outrageous character he has. With this film, we also get Mindy Kaling (The Office), Ludacris, Cary Elwes ( who seemed like a 'see if you can point out' cameo), Greta Gerwig, and Lake Bell. All the characters here, wheatear they were Adam's friends or Emma's, all have chemistry with one another no matter what scene.
Director Ivan Reitman (Ghostbusters, My Super Ex-Girlfriend) is known for outrageous works with comedy and there is no difference here. "No Strings Attached" is as R-rated as they come and Ivan Reitman, directed a pretty heavy script, does a fine job giving the film a very light touch. There is one shot in particular from the film that I really liked and that was a night-time sky-shot of the city lights all turning on and off. It was quick, but it was a great shot, I think. But, of course, he does a great job with the rest of the film as well. I look forward to see what he does with "Ghostbusters 3".
Elizabeth Meriwether, the writer behind the movie, creates a very raunchy, but also touching, story between two very real characters. She does a great job creating all of the different characters in Adam and Emma's lives as well as writing the two of them, as well. The story itself isn't too original, in fact, the film is very similar to last year's "Love and Other Drugs". The only difference is that "Love and Other Drugs" grasps more on drama that it does comedy while "No Strings Attached" does the complete opposite. The film also has the perfect length. The movie has enough gags and creative moments that the film never seems to drag on. I liked her idea that Adam worked on a TV show set. It made his character's life seem more interesting. As well as Emma being a doctor. The script does a fine job not only focusing on the sex-story but of the lives of the characters as well while everything is going on. As for the script, I thought it was great.
Overall, "No Strings Attached" is one of the better romantic-comedies from the past couple of years. The two main stars have excellent on-screen chemistry, the best I've seen since "(500) Days of Summer" and they're performances are on top. The film may not grasp onto something completely original, but, its done much better than similar films to its kind. This is "American Pie" for adults, I say see it.
Kutcher plays his usual heart of gold, sensitive, funny guy, which I can take or leave. But Portman kills it with a sense of humor and beauty that reminds me a lot of Mila Kunis.
Don't get too excited at that R rating, this isn't a raunchy sex comedy, despite the premise. It's most assuredly a romantic comedy.
I doubt No Strings Attached will be anyone's movie of the year, but it's certainly not as bad as the first 15 minutes had me worried that it would be. Check it out if you're interested
The ending is predictable and a few of the background actors deliver lackluster performances but Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher fit every nicely together as the main characters, you could really tell they had fun working together.
The best part of the film is the surprisingly accurate and realistic interactions that Emma (Portman) and Adam (Kutcher) together. They are definitely not faking it as they recreate relationship situations by acting weird around each other, which is exactly what you do when you are in a relationship. Their supporting cast was also very important to the entertainment of the film and the theme of differentiation between relationships. The most notable character being Kevin Kline's portrayal of Adam's father Alvin as he dates his own son's ex-girlfriends. The film is all about comedy aspect of all of these relationships and leaves out drama for the most part without totally forgetting about it.
This rom-com film is better than Love and Other Drugs with lot of laughs and entertaining.
Director: Ivan Reitman
Summary: Emotionally unencumbered and sexually satisfied, friends with benefits Emma (Natalie Portman) and Adam (Ashton Kutcher) have an open relationship that suits them just fine. That is, until those pesky little things called feelings enter the picture.
My Thoughts: "May I ask why we must sit through these romantic flicks and never see anything new? At least try to be original! OK, I won't rant. The movie is semi funny, predictable, and yep that's about it. I did like Emma. Her character is relatable. But the story is just blah. All sex not much story makes for a boring flick. I don't know why I put myself through this with these romance films. Oh wait, yes I do. Because I dare to think one might be original and have something completely different to offer. But as usual I am mistaken and disappointed with the lack of imagination of these films. On to the next disappointment!"