By M. Scott Morris/NEMS Daily Journal
“No Strings Attached” does something that you don’t often find in a genre movie.
It provides a different slant on the romantic comedy. Usually, it’s the guy who has commitment issues.
This time, it’s Emma (Natalie Portman), a doctor in training who’d rather keep her relationship with Adam (Ashton Kutcher) purely physical.
Adam’s happy to go along because he’s living every guy’s dream, according to his friends (Chris “Ludacris’ Bridges and Jake M. Johnson).
After a while, the constant physical contact has Adam wanting something more. Emma also seems to be sending all the right signals. In “No Strings Attached,” that means it’s time for the girl to mess the romance up.
I enjoyed the novelty of that, even though we never get a satisfactory explanation about why Emma doesn’t want a relationship. There’s a halfway answer toward the end of the movie but it feels tacked on.
There are solid supporting roles from Adam’s friends, as well as Emma’s friends, Greta Gerwig and Mindy Kaling. Kevin Kline adds a wrinkle by playing Adam’s famous father, Alvin, who tends to date his son’s ex-girlfriends.
You’ll find several laugh-out-loud moments. “No Strings Attached” also offers plenty of sex scenes and frank discussions about the deed, but no nudity.
Portman hasn’t been known for her comedies, while Kutcher is used to starring in lightweight films. They both do good work here.
“No Strings Attached” isn’t a romantic comedy for the ages, but it’s something different. I give it a B.
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Kelli Karlson with Wizard 106.7 gives “No Strings Attached” an A.
“It’s awkwardly hilarious. It’s a great movie to see with the girls, which is what we did. Fantastic.”