No String Attached (by Elizabeth Smit)

Posted: August 30, 2011 in Random

This is the 3rd entry into Film Cocaine Idol!

A date? So I can wear make up and act perfect all night?

No Strings Attached was recently released on DVD and, as a Natalie Portman fan, I was intrigued. I warmed up to Ashton Kutcher after this film. I think it is that juvenile face he pulled in Dude Where’s My Car, That 70’s Show, prank TV show Punk’d… heck, everything I’ve ever seen him in, that ruined my view of him as an actor. As the DVD’s cover illustrates, this is one of those movies about a guy and a girl who decide to have no strings attached sex. It looks like their enjoying laughing at each other’s faces too. But how is this different from so many other casual-sex-turns-to-serious-feelings romantic comedies? Well, it isn’t. Sorry, even Natalie Portman can’t change that. In her defense, my friend thinks her character Emma is the perfect woman in her imperfectness. So no, it’s not original, but it is one of the better romcoms. It is drunk Emma hollering at girls that they are pumpkins. It is her roommates confusing the hell out of Adam (that’s Kutcher’s character) when he wakes up from a very inebriated night. And it is that moment in the end, the one after he tells her to wipe the doughnut off her face…try not to get tears in your eyes, I dare you!


I might have been a little too into the romcom genre this weekend, so if you like the kind of film that makes your inside go “No! It’s too far-fetched!” and “Why is it so real?!” at the same time, you will enjoy this gem in a rather bland genre. I’d give it a 7 out of ten.


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