No Strings Attached (2011)

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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.

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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) Paramount
Rating:
R (for sexual content, language and some drug material)
Genre:
Comedy , Television , Romance
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Cast

Kevin Kline
as Alvin
Cary Elwes
as Dr. Metzner
Greta Gerwig
as Patrice
Lake Bell
as Lucy
Matthew Moy
as Chuck
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
Nasim Pedrad
as Writer
Tyne Stecklein
as Victoria
Kym Connor
as Stage Mom
Renna Bartlett
as Stage Assistant Director
Jennifer L. Hamilton
as On Camera Choreographer
Krystal Ellsworth
as Secret High Dancer
Megan Honore
as Secret High Dancer
Moira "Anjolie" Marfori
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
Hugo Chakrabongse
as Bar Group
Tom Tangen
as Eli's Dad
Tim Matheson
as Eli's Dad
Ben Lautman
as Rabbi
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 (41)

Portman can look smug in light-touch comedy, but her chemistry with Kutcher is believable (though to be fair, Kutcher is the golden retriever of male leads: blandly irresistable).

Full Review… | February 22, 2011
Time Out
Top Critic

At least Portman is playing someone who is recognizably human, unlike her dancer in Black Swan.

Full Review… | January 28, 2011
Christian Science Monitor
Top Critic

The charismatic leads keep this watchable, but it's a waste of their talents.

Full Review… | January 28, 2011
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

No Strings Attached is so palpably calculated that you know if the camera had pulled back a foot from the bed in which Portman and Kutcher were pretending to have sex, you'd have seen their agents standing by beaming: proud parents, proud pimps.

Full Review… | January 23, 2011
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

One of the better romantic comedies in the last couple of years.

Full Review… | January 21, 2011
Richard Roeper.com
Top Critic

The shaggy fringes of the flick get most of the laughs -- for one, it's absurdly obsessed with '90s hip-hop

Full Review… | January 21, 2011
I.E. Weekly
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for No Strings Attached

½

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
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
Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

Predictable, unoriginal, and cliched. This movie is the perfect storm for a bad Rom-Com. It has a couple cheap laughs (one or two) and is cheesier than a bowl of Kraft. It's just another forgettable romantic-comedy.

Sanjay Rema
Sanjay Rema

Super Reviewer

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