Monday, January 31, 2011

{Movie Review} No Strings Attached

Natalie Portman stars as Emma in this romantic comedy opposite Ashton Kutcher as Adam.  The movie opens with a young version of Emma and Adam fifteen years ago at sleep away camp.  Emma is consoling Adam on a bench and he takes the opportunity to try to hook up with her. The two run into each other 10 years later, during a difficult time in Emma's life and then again 4 years later in a park where Emma meets Adam's girlfriend, Vanessa.  It is at this time that Adam works up the nerve to ask Emma for her phone number.  Fast forward another year and we meet up with Adam...the son of a television celebrity working for a show as an assistant, even though he has aspirations of becoming a script writer.  We learn he and Vanessa have broken up several months ago.  On a chance visit to his father we discover that Dad has started a relationship with Adam's ex.  Devastated, he gets insanely drunk and starts calling all the women on his contact list looking for the one who is willing to have a one night stand with him. He wakes up naked the next morning on Emma's couch, with no recollection to what happened the night before.The two of them end of having sex before Emma leaves to work at the hospital that morning and later come to an agreement that they would be "friends with benefits". 

Without giving away the rest of the movie, I have to say it was laugh out loud funny.  We've become so accustomed to seeing Natalie Portman in dramas that it was refreshing to see her doing another genre.  Ashton Kutcher didn't disappoint in this movie, which I didn't expect him to seeing that he is known for working in comedies.

From a scale of 1-5 Pennies for My Thoughts, 5 being amazingly good: It was pretty good.  It was filled with adult humor, laugh out loud situations, and of course, sex.  Would I pay full price to see this movie?  Maybe not. It is a great movie to take in as a matinee on a Sunday afternoon when you just want to have some great laughs with friends or cuddle with your boyfriend/husband/fiance/"friend with benefits".

I would give it 3 and a half Pennies for My Thoughts.

1 comment:

  1. I've always been a fan of Natalie Portman's; though I'm not sure if the subject matter of this film really appeals to me. I'll have to think about whether or not I want to see it. Great review!! :)