No Strings AttachedDirector: Ivan Reitman,
Lifelong friends Adam (Ashton Kutcher) and Emma (Natalie Portman) attempt to avoid falling in love after falling into each other's beds in this comedy exploring the complexities and quirks of having friends with benefits. Adam was a typical, hormonal 14-year-old when he first came on to Emma at summer camp -- and got shot down in flames. In the years that followed, however, Adam and Emma continued to cross paths until, eventually, they both caved to their animal instincts. Despite an intense session of earth-shaking sex, however, Emma makes it clear to Adam that the last thing she wants is a committed relationship. And thanks to the fact that Adam's father (Kevin Kline), a fallen television star, has just begun dating his son's ex-girlfriend, the horrified bachelor has developed an aversion to monogamy as well. At first their casual stance on sex works great for both; Emma can focus on her career instead of allowing her emotions to dictate her decisions, and Adam can play the field without fear of hurting her feelings. Over time, though, a funny thing happens -- Adam begins to develop feelings for Emma that he never had for any of his countless conquests. Before they both know it, love has reared its ugly head and they've gotten too emotionally involved to cut the relationship off cold. But is commitment in the cards for the couple that always swore it would never get serious, or has the time come for them to finally part ways once and for all?
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Cast & Crew
|Gary Barber||Executive Producer|
|Greg Berry||Art Director|
|Roger Birnbaum||Executive Producer|
|John Debney||Score Composer|
|Dana E. Glauberman||Editor|
|Jonathan Glickman||Executive Producer|
|Elizabeth Meriwether||Original Story,Screenwriter|
|Natalie Portman||Executive Producer|
|Paul Sanchez||Camera Operator|
|Tom Pollock||Executive Producer|
|Anshuman Prasad||Set Decoration/Design|
|Ida Random||Production Designer|
|Mike Samonek||Original Story|
|Edward Tise||Sound Mixer|
|Jim Wallis||Set Decoration/Design|
|Julie Weiss||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|John Wildermuth||Associate Producer,Asst. Director|
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I don't know how that "garbage" review made it on here twice, but this film was so enjoyable that I almost stayed in the theatre to watch the next showing...and I definitely picked it up on release day and have already watched it several times at home. It's true that the supporting characters steal the show, but somehow that always happens (Will&Grace and What Happens in Vegas come to mind) in these films. That doesn't mean the main players don't step up to the plate. This film has not one but two adorable love stories, yes it's pretty predictable as most rom coms are, but the content is hilarious on the level of The Hangover making No Strings a truly refreshing feel-good film to be watched over and over. I haven't showed it a person who hasn't loved it!
I am a big fan of Kevin Kline, and he shines in this movie, along with Lake Bell. But you have to sit through a lot of meaningless garbage to see these 2 real actors work. Sadly, it's not worth it. It's a terrible script, full of hypocrisy and bias, particularly against anyone "old." Portman has the traditional male role, the heartless person only out for sex, which she plays very badly. And Kutchner has the female role, the shrinking violet with the big heart. Neither is good, and the script is completely unbelievable. If this movie is the only one on your flight, take a nap, it's that bad.
I'm a firm believer in actually waiting to have sex until you have found someone special that you plan to be with the rest of your life, but to each their own. That being said though, my personal feelings aside, this movie was actually pretty enjoyable. It was quirky, funny, and light hearted. If you're into romantic comedies, do give this one a watch at some point. It is quite entertaining.