Director: Ivan Reitman
Stars: Natalie Portman, Ashton Kutcher, Kevin Kline
Plot: After bumping into eachother down the years, old friends Emma (Portman) and Adam (Kutcher) decide to have a purely physical relationship, but inevitably it’s not long before feelings enter the equation.
Take a well-known relationship-related phrase. Throw in a bunch of fluffy, inoffensive characters with that-bird-who-played-the-Black-Swan alongside Demi Moore’s husband and you’re onto a winner, right? Wrong.
From the first few scenes you can easily predict what will happen between the two main characters, Emma and Adam. The majority of so-called chick-flicks are particularly formulaic (which is not always a bad thing), but No Strings Attached has barely a shred of originality of note. Once the film’s set-up becomes clear, there’s an inevitability about the whole thing.
Natalie Portman looks out of her comfort zone, away from the challenging dramas she has become accustomed to. Ashton Kutcher has been here before in Valentine’s Day, although he really isn’t romantic lead material. As you would expect, a series of ‘hilarious’ events unfold as fate brings them together and forces them apart so many times you lose count.
It’s not awful, but this piece of fluff is just too mawkish to be taken seriously.