Sex, some crude language, and Ashton’s nude butt

I actually had a few LOL moments, especially the « period tape. » The movie keeps a good pace and doesn’t have boring scenes.

Sometimes a bit of attachment isn’t that bad. And while I love Natalie Portman and she tries her best with her role, too many stock characters seem to fill the movie. And while it might sound neat on paper the time lapse thing didn’t exactly work in favor of the movie, the feeling of it at least.

Ashton K. performance is in the eye of the beholder. You either like him or you loathe him. I wouldn’t say he’s bad, but there’s nothing special in his performance here either. Kevin Kline seems to be wasted also (another one of those stock characters).

This is basically your typical run-of-the-mill romantic comedies. There is nothing innovating or new to be seen or experienced throughout the course of this movie, and that makes the movie experience less than adequate.

But of course, the budding love is not to be had that easily, they have to overcome the obstacle between them and true bliss. Sounds familiar? Yeah, it does, doesn’t it?

The story in « No Strings Attached » is as oh-so-many other romantic comedies; a guy and a girl from two very different aspects of life come together and find love

As for the acting in the movie, then they had managed to put together a good enough ensemble of people. However, there wasn’t really much working chemistry between Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher on the screen, and it didn’t work all that well in favor of the movie. It was a shame that Cary Elwes only had such a small role in the movie, and I would have liked to seen more of Kevin Kline.

This movie may be well worth your time if you are a big fan of these imeetzu sign in « off the assembly line » romantic comedies. But, personally, then I was a bit bored and not thoroughly entertained with the movie. There are far better romantic comedies available. And as for being a comedy? Well the movie failed to make me laugh even a single time.

There was a time not long ago when dialog in movies pointed you to what might be happening, and the rest was formed in your own mind. You could make it as clean or as profane as you wanted. Not anymore, even the cute blond 20-something script writer for this movie spells everything out, with very base descriptions of body parts and body functions. It may work for teenagers but it doesn’t work for thoughtful adults. It makes the whole movie come across as profane and dirty just for the sake of « dirty. »

Then there is the overall concept, that it is just fine and normal for two long-time friends, now adults, to just hook up for casual sex any time either of them is horny, because that serves the same function as a good bowel movement when you are bloated. I am disappointed that fine actors chose to play these roles. The critic Ebert has an excellent review.

The girl is Natalie Portman as Emma and the guy is Ashton Kutcher as Adam. The best role however is Kevin Kline as Adam’s dad, Alvin, who ends up hooking up with Adam’s most recent ex-girlfriend.

I may be one of the few who recognized Cary Elwes in the low-key role of Dr. Metzner. Although he is nearing 50, with his youthful features and a light beard his character could pass for 35.

SPOILERS: Naturally Emma and Adam cannot go on forever with a no-commitment, casual sex arrangement

She is afraid to commit to anyone, but he loves her. When he expresses his love and she retreats, he calls it quits. But eventually she misses him too much and they end up together, happily ever after.