Rave: No Strings Attached

By now, our regular readers know that we LOVE movies on the fourth floor. Last week, we saw an advance screening of No Strings Attached (Paramount Pictures), directed by Ivan Reitman.      
Considering it’s a rom-com that premiered just before Valentine’s Day, this is sure to be a popular date movie, so we sent Lisa and her boyfriend, Jesse, to check it out – and get a girl’s and a guy’s opinion on the film.
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Emma (Natalie Portman) and Adam (Ashton Kutcher) have known each other for years, though they’ve never dated. One morning, after an unexpected sleepover at Emma’s house, a hung-over Adam wakes up on Emma’s couch having no idea where he is. He’s never met Emma’s roommates (who wake to find him on their sofa) and doesn’t even realize he’s at her home until she comes to find him in the living room. After everything is sorted out, they hang out (sans roommates) in her bedroom, and end up having sex.

To protect their friendship, they make a pact to keep their relationship strictly “no strings attached” – no jealousy, no expectations, no fighting, no flowers, no baby voices. It means they can do whatever they want, whenever they want, in whatever public space they want, as long as they don’t fall in love. The question becomes – who’s going to fall first? And can their friendship survive?



We think it’s such a relatable story for a lot of men and women. Jesse, the ultimate “guy’s guy”, loved the inappropriate guy jokes between Adam and his friends. Emma is a relationship-phobic workaholic and likes to keep her guard up. Like we said, relatable.

What surprised us most about this flick was how funny it is. It’s definitely not a typical romantic comedy, when the laughs are slightly forced, because you feel like you should laugh. Our entire theatre was actually LOL-ing. 
Portman is clever and witty, while Kutcher plays a character far more endearing than the “Kelso” and “Punk’d” personas we’re used to seeing. 
 
Lisa:  My main priority is whether or not a movie is entertaining. I want to escape reality and kick back with some popcorn. No Strings Attached was perfect for this. It had just the right amount of love, jokes, sex, embarrassing moments and likable characters – the best recipe for a romantic comedy. 

Portman’s and Kutcher’s Emma and Adam made an adorable couple, while Mindy Kaling (The Office‘s Kelly Kapoor) tossed out some good zingers as one of Emma’s roommates. Lake Bell
played a great supporting role as the comical Lucy, a work colleague of Adam.
Even though I went with Jesse, I would definitely come back with my best girlfriends for another giggle-fest.

Jesse and Lisa. 

Jesse:  Ashton Kutcher always kills me, but Adam’s father, played by Kevin Kline, was my favourite. His role was just hilariously ignorant. A one-time TV star, he uses his former status to date women 30 years his junior, smokes pot and seems almost oblivious to his rude, but funny, behaviour. 

Guys – if you owe your girl a chick flick date, this is the time to go. You’ll both like it.


Images courtesy of Paramount Pictures*. Photo credit: Dale Robinette.
*With the exception of the last image.