No Strings Attached (2011)

Posted: April 26, 2011 in Hollywood

No Strings Attached


A guy and girl try to keep their relationship strictly physical, but it’s not long before they learn that they want something more. –IMDb


Ivan Reitman


Elizabeth Meriwether (screenplay),  Michael Samonek (story)


I had very low expectations for No Strings Attached. The couple would make the decision to use each-other for sex, one would fall for the other, and in the end they would live happily ever after. I was correct about the overall story line. The film isn’t original at all. It is just a basic Hollywoodized picture perfect romantic comedy. If it wasn’t for the great casting of Portman and Kutcher at the center of the film creating superb chemistry all would be lost among ever other rom-com. The film is all about comedy aspect of all of the relationships and leaves out drama for the most part without totally forgetting about it. This does not change the fact that the film has a nice and heart-warming ending no matter how clichéd it is. The movie had it fair share of laughs, it wasn’t fall off your chair laughing funny but it was funny enough to keep you interested. The scenes with ludacris are some of my favorites.  His ‘look at my face’ was really hilarious.

The chemistry and honesty between the leads is what puts this flick a bit above most of the Jennifer Aniston style rom/coms. While Kutcher does what he knows to do best, goofing around and run after girls, talk to the phone or just eat, although I felt he was less funnier compared to his other rom-coms, Natalie Portman shows her range of acting abilities by having two extremely different films in theaters at the same time. I was thoroughly impressed with her ability to drop the comedic one liners and portray a unaffectionate woman who’s fallen in love realistically. As a Natalie Portman FAN, i was really worried about her doing a full-on Comedy role… from her past films like Closer, V for Vendetta, Brothers, the Other Boleyn Girl… her roles from these movies were sad and sweet and her recent film Black Swan – she was super-powerful and gave an Oscar Winning role as Nina!!! I was so happy after watching No Strings Attached – Natalie Portman was super, super FUNNY – she did an amazing job!!!Whew! So glad she did this movie! She laughs! She smiles! She eats! She makes wisecracks! She and Ashton Kutcher are very funny together. I love her even more now…:)

Ashton Kutcher and Natalie Portman in No Strings Attached

And, about the lack of originality that everyone is critisizing, come on people, it’s a romantic comedy, not the Godfather, you can’t expect unique and totally new Stories from it. We just have to take it for what it is, a simple romantic comedy. They’re easy to watch and make us feel good and allow us to put ourselves in the place of Ashton Kuthcer (that’s what I did the whole movie!!!) or Natalie Portman.

The Soundtrack is great, including an awesome new version of “99 Problems” by Hugo(below is the link to the video), and an old favorite, “bleeding Love” which get’s a great scene with Natalie Portman that will have you crying through your laughter.

All in all, not a must-see but if you like the cast and in the mood for a romantic comedy then this is the movie for you!! If you hate rom-coms, then this will not change anything, you’ll still hate it. So just watch it for the laughs and the leads’ chemistry.

Click to view the song ’99 Problems’ by Hugo…

  1. nirja fupoo says:

    Ashton kucher is soo damn hot !!!….

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