Sometimes, in order for an actress/actor to keep the end meets and thus, enabling him/her to participate in an award-friendly flicks, s/he would need to appears or producing a farce that was solely meant as a cash-cow, if possible. I think, that was what Natalie Portman did in this film. Hot from the heels of “Black Swan,” a film that would give her an Academy Award but not making enough money as these award-friendly films usually goes, she produces and starred in “No Strings Attached,” a definitive rom-com that would come and go in conversations as quick as it’s running time but most definitely more appealing to the general masses.
Natalie Portman is Emma. She went to MIT, graduated as a doctor, and too busy with saving people’s lives that she can’t stand the complication and bothersome package that came with a relationship. An occasional meetings with Adam (Ashton Kutcher) over the course of fifteen years, an always happy dude with a case of famous father complex, mixed with a perfect timing (she with her needs and works and her fears of waking up with someone else, and he reeling over his nasty breakup) led her to a “friends-with-benefits” agreement with him. Of course, you know where this kind of thing would eventually wound up.
It’s probably the environment to which I was raised, but I can’t say that I enjoyed the first forty-five minutes of this film. In fact, the first forty-five minutes of this film was pretty hard for me to sit through. Not only that I’m not comfortable with the idea of friends having sex as casual as you’d have for sending a text message to a friend, but I’m not finding myself rooting for Adam and Emma relationship during the early scenes. The film was probably aimed at the young couple stricken by a love arrow not a long time ago, or a loner still wishing to find that perfect someone (good luck, there) but I was neither, and that’s why, probably, I couldn’t root for them. I could connect myself to Emma, easily, for I was once, as the film describes her character to be, as “pretty good of being alone” but never to Adam. He, and the way Ashton Kutcher brought his character about was simply too immature for me.
The only solace I could find from this whole charade of pretense of camaraderie was Natalie Portman. She manages to bring her worth to a character that was almost as dull as any given Katherine Heighl’s character in a rom-com. The rest of the casts however, felt like just a familiar face with a mouth and a script to read. Really. Especially Ludacris. Why does he even in this film? Comedic relief? Then why instead of laughing, I chagrined to his *every* word? Ashton Kutcher is just at his usual self. Someone needs to cast him as a villain or an evil person, I know that he had it in him. More than just a tall and handsome dude, that is.
Well, anyway, if you had decided to see this film, I dare to assume that you’re merely looking to waste a humdrum eighty minutes or so and by that definition, you don’t need to read this review. Except, if, somehow, my opinion matters for your amusement.
My rating: ** / **** – Yeah, you went to a film about a boy and a girl having a casual sex without any commitment and have no clue on how the film would end up? See more films.