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No Strings Attached (2011)

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A guy and girl try to keep their relationship strictly physical, but it's not long before they learn that they want something more.



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Occasionally in the 15 years since summer camp, Adam and Emma cross paths. When he discovers that an ex-girlfriend is living with his dad, he gets drunk, calls every woman in his cell phone contact list, and ends up passed out naked in her living room. By this time, she's a medical resident in L.A. and he's a gopher on a "Glee"-like TV series, hoping to be a writer. She guards her emotions (calling her father's funeral "a thing"), so after a quick shag in the moments she has before leaving for the hospital, she asks if he wants a no-strings-attached, sex-only relationship, without romance or complications. A prescription for fun or for disaster? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Friendship has its benefits


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content, language and some drug material | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

21 January 2011 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Fuckbuddies  »


Box Office


$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$19,652,921, 23 January 2011, Wide Release

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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2.35 : 1
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Ivan Reitman: As the director of the show Adam works on. See more »


On their first date Adam and Emma are driving to play golf, but we see that Adam is alone in the car, and a moment later Emma appears near him. See more »


Shira: God, I am single as fuck.
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Written by Ice-T (as Tracy Marrow), Alphonso Henderson, David McCraken, Hugo (as Hugo Chakrabongse) & George Clinton (as George Clinton, Jr.)
Performed by Hugo
Courtesy of Roc Nation and Epic Records
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A weak, weak light comedy with a wasted Portman in the lead role
14 March 2013 | by See all my reviews

No Strings Attached (2011)

You expect more than you're going to get here. There are two strong leads, Natalie Portman at her finest relaxed self (seeming) and Ashton Kutcher in a slightly amusing, self-deprecating mode that is a little dulling but fits his part. But there isn't the necessary conflict here to make their attraction take on fire. They drift together, they push apart, they find each other again, and so on, all mildly engaging and a bit sleepy.

And don't expect much from Kevin Kline, either, mostly because his part is small and a bit canned, a caricature dad with too much to prove. The rest of the cast is frankly just functional, and you start to look harder at why the movie fizzles with so much apparent talent, especially Portman. And the only real answer is the director, who is more a producer at heart, Ivan Reitman. You can't fault the success of some of his movies, but it's an uneven bunch, from "Ghostbusters" to "Kindergarden Cop." Something lacks energy and imagination here, and the writing stretched a bit.

Enjoyable? Somewhat. Be warned, it's not funny, romantic, or energized enough to quite make it on any score.

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