No Strings Attached
Release Date: January 21, 2011
Starring: Natalie Portman, Ashton
Kutcher, Kevin Kline, Lake
Bell, Greta Gerwig
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Audience: Older teenagers and adults
Runtime: 110 minutes
Distributor: Paramount Pictures/Viacom
Director: Ivan Reitman
Executive Producer: Gary Barber, Roger Birnbaum,
John Glickman, Tom Pollock,
Producer: Joe Medjuck, Ivan Reitman
Writer: Elizabeth Meriwether
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The movie starts off with a lot of comical – but raunchy and amoral – energy as it attempts to show the alleged fun the couple are having. As time passes, however, Adam falls for Emma, and things get somewhat complicated as she hides a deep secret about why she refuses to become seriously involved with any man. Basically, she’s been shaken deeply by the untimely death of her father and fears losing another man.
Ultimately, the movie drags through Adam’s attempts at a “real” date as it slogs along with uninventive scenes that become repetitive as the couple argues or grows apart before the inevitable reconciliation. The movie errs in its writing by making the audience and Adam wait so long to learn Emma’s problem that she comes off as an unsympathetic shrew for much of the movie. This throws the central relationship’s appeal off balance. By the time they get together, the story feels rather rote, although the movie does commendably show that commitment is vital to happiness, even though the couple is still cohabitating without marriage. The implication, though, is that the relationship will last and they will marry, since they’ve already been friends for over a decade.
Portman, Kutcher and the rest of the cast are terrific. The movie’s final message of commitment being vital to a satisfying life is a message media-wise viewers will like, but they will be turned off by the excessive raunchiness and cavalier attitude in the movie’s first half. Others may just grow bored with this couple. The happy ending ultimately isn’t unique enough to make NO STRINGS ATTACHED memorable.
Portman, Kutcher and the rest of the cast are terrific in NO STRINGS ATTACHED. The movie’s final point that commitment is vital to a satisfying life is a message Christians and media-wise viewers will like, but the excessive raunchiness, vulgarity and cavalier attitude in the movie’s first half will drive them away. Others may just grow bored with this couple. The story’s happy ending ultimately isn’t unique enough to make NO STRINGS ATTACHED memorable. Recently, Hollywood has been trying to sell R-rated romantic comedies and dramas, but they aren’t very clever and don’t appeal to a broad audience.