Ashton Kutcher finally admits No Strings Attached and Friends with Benefits are ‘basically’ the same

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The year was 2011, and two very similar romantic comedies were released, one with Ashton Kutcher and Natalie Portman and the other with Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis.

One, titled No Strings Attached, and the other Friends with Benefits had the same plotline: two friends pursue a physical relationship without commitment.

Popular culture critics have long said it was the same movie, and now Kutcher has finally admitted it.

The 44-year-old was joined by Portman for a workout for an episode of his series Our Future Selves. Kutcher then recalled that the first time they started hanging out was when they filmed No Strings Attached, reports E News.

Portman responded, "Who would've thought 20 years later, we'd be on a Peloton together?"

"Wait, it's also weird because my wife was shooting basically the same movie, called Friends With Benefits, said Kutcher.

Also in the clip, Portman recalled filming the ballet thriller Black Swan with Kunis, where they shared a steaming kiss.

She said: "Yes, and Mila and I had just shot Black Swan together right before. So we were all making out with each other."


No Strings Attached, directed by Ivan Reitman, was released in January 2011 and made $149,228,077, while Friends with Benefits, directed by Will Gluck, was released in July that year, earning $149,542,245 worldwide, according to Box Office Mojo.

At the time of the movies' release Kutcher was married to Demi Moore.

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