HOME |  JOIN |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
Newest Reviews
Willy McBean and His Magic Machine
Robbery
Tag
Never Back Down
Doraemon: Nobita's Little Star Wars
Kriminal
It Comes at Night
Strangled
Mojin - The Lost Legend
Poison Ivy
Celine and Julie Go Boating
Union Station
My Brother Talks to Horses
Storks
Big Sick, The
Phantom Creeps, The
Houseboat
White Dress for Mariale, A
Wall, The
Deadline at Dawn
Batman vs Two-Face
56, rue Pigalle
Mermaid, The
Fear No Evil
Caribbean Dream, A
Nightbeast
Chronicles of the Ghostly Tribe
Human Cobras
Fast & Furious 8
Lighthouse-Keeper's Daughter, The
   
 
Newest Articles
The Whicker Kicker: Whicker's World Vols 5&6 on DVD
The Empress, the Mermaid and the Princess Bride: Three 80s Fantasy Movies
Witching Hour: Hammer House of Horror on Blu-ray
Two Sides of Sellers: The Party vs The Optimists
Norse Code: The Vikings vs The Long Ships
Over the Moon - Space: 1999 The Complete Series on Blu-ray Part 2
Alpha Males and Females - Space: 1999 The Complete Series on Blu-ray Part 1
Animated Anxieties: From the Era of the Creepiest Cartoons
Manor On Movies--Clegg (1970)
Plans for Nigel: The Crunch... and Other Stories on DVD
   
 
  No Strings Attached Friends with benefits, no, wait, that was the other oneBuy this film here.
Year: 2011
Director: Ivan Reitman
Stars: Natalie Portman, Ashton Kutcher, Kevin Kline, Cary Elwes, Greta Gerwig, Lake Bell, Olivia Thirlby, Ludacris, Jake M. Johnson, Mindy Kaling, Talia Balsam, Ophelia Lovebond, Guy Branum, Ben Lawson, Jennifer Irwin
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Rating:  4 (from 1 vote)
Review: Adam (Ashton Kutcher) and Emma (Natalie Portman) have known each other on and off since they were fourteen years old. Years later, Adam is hopelessly depressed after his girlfriend dumps him for his father (Kevin Kline) and seeks solace in a one night stand with Emma. For Adam it seems like love, but Emma has no intention of getting emotionally involved. What she suggests instead is that they become sex buddies. Just night after night of fun, meaningless sex with no strings attached.

Only in movies could anyone get this lucky with someone this attractive. Fans of Portman and Kutcher won’t know who to envy more in a film whose premise is pure wish fulfillment with a mushy romantic centre to take the edge off its bawdier undertones. Indeed, No Strings Attached is quite pleased with its own attempts to seem naughty and knowing in a sardonic way. Working from a screenplay by Elizabeth Merriwether, Ivan Reitman seemingly aspires to the kind of sophisticated sex farce more commonly found in French cinema but the film’s frank sex scenes and strained attempts at edgy humour are rather embarrassing, as when Portman dons a pair of 3-D glasses to eyeball Kutcher’s cock (“It looks like it’s coming right at me”).

Naturally this being a romantic comedy and not some seedy porn flick, we know Adam and Emma’s relationship is bound to get more complicated. Truth be told the predictable, fluffy romantic stuff proves far more convincing than the film’s attempts to appear clever and risque. Even so the leads essay rather curious characters whose psychological flaws presumably read better on the page than they play onscreen. The kind of people one only ever encounters in convoluted rom-coms like this. Realising the premise is paper thin, Reitman tries desperately to flesh things out with an array of bizarre non-sequiturs and subplots: Adam’s estrangement from his famous father; his attempt to launch a screenwriting career on a Glee-like TV show; his friend Eli’s (Jake M. Johnson) courtship of Emma’s friend Patrice (rising star Greta Gerwig); the unrequited love of neurotic-but-sexy co-worker Lucy (Lake Bell); Emma’s curious ongoing attempts to seduce a senior male colleague (Cary Elwes); and a lesbian subplot that comes completely out of left-field. Each of these falls resoundingly flat despite the valiant efforts of a game cast as the film drags long past the point of interest.

Ashton Kutcher upholds his tradition of maintaining an affable presence in a shallow role while Natalie Portman, despite having proven her skill at comedy via guest stints on Saturday Night Live and The Simpsons, seems uneasy here. On the other hand, fans may get a kick out of seeing the normally demure star trash-talking and bitch slapping lesser mortals with maximum sass. It is an oddly appealing new side of her. In one of those occasional coincidences in Hollywood, both the stars of the Oscar-nominated Black Swan (2010) released films with a similar "sex buddy" premise in the same year, as Mila Kunis paired up with Justin Timberlake for the almost identical Friends with Benefits (2011). First Portman, then Kunis? Some Hollywood executive has a really overactive imagination.

Reviewer: Andrew Pragasam

 

This review has been viewed 978 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

 
Review Comments (0)


Untitled 1

Login
  Username:
 
  Password:
 
   
 
Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.
   

Latest Poll
Who's the best?
Robin Askwith
Mark Wahlberg
   
 
   

Recent Visitors
Graeme Clark
Andrew Pragasam
Keith Rockmael
Paul Shrimpton
Enoch Sneed
Ian Phillips
Jensen Breck
Paul Smith
   

 

Last Updated: