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Movie Review: No Strings Attached February 18, 2011

Posted by shwaldman in Uncategorized.
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Netflix Synopsis: 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. Ivan Reitman directs and Kevin Kline and Cary Elwes co-star in this comedy that explores the perks and pitfalls of modern romance.

Ashton Kutcher is a bit of cult figure in the world today. I think people either love him or hate him. And Natalie Portman is probably considered a more serious actress and one the smarter celebrities out there today. You would think they would make a bit of an odd couple. Well, I must admit that I fall on the love side of Kutcher. Granted a lot of movies he has been included on have been less memorable, but last year’s “Valentine’s Day” and the year before that he produced and starred in “Spread” both of which were quite good. I am not sure how I missed them both in my reviews. (Maybe I was previously embarrassed to admit my love of the Kutch?)

This is another good role for Kutcher. Unlike “Spread,” but exactly like “Valentine’s Day” he plays the unexpected good guy, who is not supposed to get the girl. Unexpected, Portman plays the baggage laden medical resident. Their characters make for an odd pairing, but as luck would have it, opposites attract. And their duel acting skills and Kutcher’s on screen charm produces an perfect chemistry match. The back and forth for the relationship was a little tired, but it is still fun to watch.

It is better than many of the other movies out there in this category. I would definitely recommend this movie for people looking for a fun, fresh comedy. Let me know if you have seen it or plan to see it. I would love to have your take.

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