I thought I was done with watching Ashton Kutcher in romantic comedies, but when he’s in one with Natalie Portman, it’s worth checking out.
That’s because we’re used to seeing Portman in much more serious roles–to watch her in a funny role like hers in No Strings Attached is a big departure.
Unfortunately, the script was predictable and not edgy at all like I was praying for. It was still funny, if light, fare that was fun to watch, and if nothing else, at least it’s a not a movie Portman should be ashamed of. It sort of reminded me, pace- and writing-wise, of He’s Just Not That into You, so if you like that movie, you’ll like No Strings Attached.
Portman plays Emma, a busy doctor who enters a casual physical relationship with Adam (Kutcher). Surprisingly, Adam is the good guy in the movie, not an a-hole character you might expect Kutcher to play. Soon, feelings develop between the pair, yadda yadda, you know what happenes next.
It’s more of an ensemble movie than just focused on the twosome, and the supporting cast is great. If Kutcher annoys you, there are lots of other funny people to focus on, including Mindy Kaling from The Office.
As for Portman, comedy isn’t exactly her forte, but it is nice to see her in a semi-normal role. She’s a fine actress in any type of film, and she holds her own just fine here.
Go see this movie for a fun night with friends or a date night near Valentine’s Day. Just don’t go it you’re expecting anything groundbreaking.