No Strings Attached

No Strings Attached

4.3 8
Director: Ivan Reitman

Cast: Ivan Reitman, Natalie Portman, Ashton Kutcher, Kevin Kline

     
 

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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 summerSee more details below

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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
A sexually liberated, sweet-and-sour romance buoyed by a cracking freshman screenplay and some sophisticated characterization that elevates it above the usual rom-com fare, No Strings Attached benefits tremendously from star Natalie Portman's strong centerpiece performance and a unique combination of talent behind the camera. And while few who buy a ticket will ever doubt how the story will end, the journey is the destination as Elizabeth Meriwether's vivaciously libertine story treats convention like a one-night stand while detailing the inherent flaws of friends-with-benefits relationships. Adam (Ashton Kutcher) was a typical hormonal 14-year-old when he first came on to Emma (Portman) 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 of them; 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? Perhaps, given the dialogue-driven nature of No Strings Attached, the film's youthful take on contemporary romance, and the distinct lack of big-budget set pieces that frequently crop up in Ivan Reitman's movies, it may come as a slight surprise that the veteran director's first feature in five years plays a bit more like one of his son Jason's introspective dramedies than one from the man who brought us such special-effects-heavy spectacles as Ghostbusters, Evolution, and My Super Ex-Girlfriend -- but the result is arguably his most consistently satisfying film since the early '90s. Reitman obviously knows a good screenplay when he sees one, and Meriwether's observant, salaciously charming first effort certainly qualifies. She wastes no time in setting the frank sexual tone in an efficient, compulsively funny setup, and continues to impress with her natural instinct for comic timing as Adam and Emma's lusty arrangement gradually gives way to something of real substance. Somewhere between Reitman's assured direction, Meriwether's puckish writing style, and a great ensemble cast including Kevin Kline, Greta Gerwig, and Lake Bell, No Strings Attached strikes an ideal balance between convention and kink, continually blindsiding us with a series of witty verbal sucker punches and off-kilter character beats. All of this leads us to the film's single strongest asset: Natalie Portman. No Strings Attached hits theaters almost immediately following Portman's Golden Globe win for Best Actress in Black Swan, offering further proof that she has rightfully earned her status as one of the most talented, versatile actresses in Hollywood. While credit must be given to Meriwether for conceiving a character much more complex than your stereotypical rom-com paramour, it's Portman who instills Emma with a sense of depth and damage that doesn't weigh down the proceedings even after she's hit rock bottom. And despite the fact that we really only get a superficial glimpse into the factors that have rendered Emma unable to get involved in a committed relationship, Portman retains our sympathy by allowing the character's emotions to register honestly and genuinely as she begins to realize what she's letting slip through her fingers. Kutcher's effective blend of handsome looks and goofy charm makes Adam the type of good-hearted everyman any girl could fall for, even if the two romantic leads seem like the most unlikely of couples offscreen. The end result is an atypical "chick flick" that's sure to make the ladies swoon, and give their reluctant male companions some genuine laughs at the same time.

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/01/2013
UPC:
0883929301034
Original Release:
2011
Rating:
R
Source:
Paramount Catalog
Time:
1:47:00
Sales rank:
44,504

Special Features

Deleted Scenes; Sex Friends: Getting Together; Inside the Sassy Halls of Secret High ; Modern Love: The Do's and Don'ts; Commentary by Director Ivan Reitman

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Natalie Portman Emma
Ashton Kutcher Adam
Kevin Kline Alvin
Greta Gerwig Patrice
Cary Elwes Dr. Metzner
Lake Bell Lucy
Olivia Thirlby Katie
Chris "Ludacris" Bridges Wallace
Jake Johnson Eli
Matthew Moy Chuck
Mindy Kaling Shira
Talia Balsam Sandra Kurtzman
Ophelia Lovibond Vanessa
Guy Branum Guy
Ben Lawson Sam
Jennifer Irwin Megan
Adhir Kalyan Kevin
Brian Dierker Bones
Abby Elliott Joy
Vedette Lim Lisa
Gary David Goldberg Emma's Relative
Armen Weitzman Taxi Driver
T. Shaun Russell LACMA Guard
Nealla Gordon Lydia (Female Doctor)
Seth Morris Man with Dog
Nasim Pedrad Writer
Elizabeth Meriwether Writer
Mollee Gray Sari
Derek Ferguson Benji
Tyne Stecklein Victoria
Kym Connor Stage Mom
Renna Bartlett Stage Assistant Director
Jennifer Hamilton On Camera Choreographer
Krystal Ellsworth Secret High Dancer
Megan Honore Secret High Dancer
Moira "Anjolie" Marfori Secret High Dancer
Casey KC Monnie Secret High Dancer
Nicholas Lanzisera Secret High Dancer
Dalphe Morantus Secret High Dancer
William T. Loftus Secret High Dancer
Jason Williams Secret High Dancer
Heather Phillips Secret High Dancer
Britt Stewart Secret High Dancer
Katrina Katie Norman Secret High Dancer
Kim Lofko Germar Secret High Dancer
Hugo Chakrabongse Bar Group
Paula Van Oppen Secret High Dancer
John Gerald Barclay Bar Group
Tom Tangen Eli's Dad
Tim Matheson Eli's Dad
Ben Lautman Rabbi
Joshua Allen Andreacola Boy at Wake
Milton Greenberg Boy at Wake
Rachel McDermott STK Waitress
Robert Trapp Mini-Golfer
Rachael Markarian Frat Party Dancer
Kherington Payne Frat Party Dancer
Dylan Hayes Young Adam
Stefanie Scott Young Emma

Technical Credits
Ivan Reitman Director,Producer
Gary Barber Executive Producer
Ali Bell Co-producer
Greg Berry Art Director
Roger Birnbaum Executive Producer
Jeffrey Clifford Producer
John Debney Score Composer
Jorjee Douglass Makeup
Dana E. Glauberman Editor
Jonathan Glickman Executive Producer
Joe Medjuck 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
Annette Savitch Co-producer
Rogier Stoffers Cinematographer
Edward Tise Sound Mixer
Jim Wallis Set Decoration/Design
Julie Weiss Costumes/Costume Designer
John Wildermuth Associate Producer,Asst. Director

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- No Strings Attached
1. Scene 1 [5:32]
2. Scene 2 [4:31]
3. Scene 3 [7:33]
4. Scene 4 [8:20]
5. Scene 5 [8:34]
6. Scene 6 [8:05]
7. Scene 7 [6:07]
8. Scene 8 [8:18]
9. Scene 9 [8:28]
10. Scene 10 [7:59]
11. Scene 11 [5:17]
12. Scene 12 [6:43]
13. Scene 13 [5:34]
14. Scene 14 [7:25]
15. Scene 15 [9:19]

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