DVD: No strings attached

By admin
12 August 2011

Romantic comedy.

2011. 104 min.

With Natalie Portman, Ashton Kutcher and Kevin Kline.

Director: Ivan Reitman.


Rating: 3/5

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After a chance meeting old acquaintances Adam (Kutcher) and Emma (Portman) decide to become friends with benefits – buddies who hook up for sex. But soon their growing feelings for each other threaten to get in the way.

What starts out as an attempt at a raunchy sex comedy thankfully turns into something sweet and emotionally resonant.

The actors initially look uncomfortable and you can see the strain of trying to spout cringeworthy dialogue that tries too hard to be racy and quirky.

But the long running time gives the characters room to develop and you end up rooting for this odd couple to work through their issues and get together.

It’s hard not to like Kutcher’s goofy but kind-hearted hunk and because she’s such a good actress Portman is able to make Emma’s increasing vulnerability touching and convincing.

Viewers who persevere through the crass attempts at comedy will be rewarded.

Bonus: commentary, featurette, deleted scenes.

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