No Strings Attached (2011)

“You know, I don’t want to freak you out, but I’d love to hang out with you in the daytime sometime.”

Cast: Natalie Portman, Ashton Kutcher and Kevin Kline

No Strings Attached

Ashton Kutcher and Natalie Portman star in a film, quite frankly, about sex without commitment. However they soon begin to realise that they start to feel something more for one another, which was strictly against the rules when they first came to this ‘friends with benefits’ agreement.

When this physical connection becomes something deeper, they don’t really know how to act on these emotions and your typical Hollywood romantic comedy unfolds. What’s that? Oh you predicted it? Yeah, me too.

No Strings Attached is a predictable film, but that doesn’t make it any less of a funny, light hearted romance that really draws you in. While some may slate the premise as weak and without real substance, you can’t deny that you had no idea that this is what the film was really about. Trailers, interviews and the synopsis gave all of this away, there was no hiding or deception involved in the film’s promotion and you really get what you expect from this film.

While some may think Portman has lowered her standards to be in such a flimsy film compared to her last performance in Black Swan, give the girl a break! It can’t all be heavy drama, and it was actually nice to see her have some fun with her role. The chemistry between her and Kutcher is great; you can really see that they had a blast filming this. Their connection is so conceivable and they each play their parts well – even if there are some monotonous performances mixed in with theirs.

No Strings Attached is honestly what it says on the tin. Watch it to escape from the world, as a fun chick flick or to just chill out with. We can’t always watch the heavy stuff and it’s films like this that give us a break.

Star rating:  6/10

Directed by Ivan Reitman.

Running time 110 minutes.

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