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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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Ivan Reitman

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Elizabeth Meriwether (screenplay), Michael Samonek (story) (as Mike Samonek) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Natalie Portman ... Emma
Ashton Kutcher ... Adam
Kevin Kline ... Alvin
Cary Elwes ... Dr. Metzner
Greta Gerwig ... Patrice
Lake Bell ... Lucy
Olivia Thirlby ... Katie Kurtzman
Ludacris ... Wallace (as Chris 'Ludacris' Bridges)
Jake Johnson ... Eli
Mindy Kaling ... Shira
Talia Balsam ... Sandra Kurtzman
Ophelia Lovibond ... Vanessa
Guy Branum ... Guy
Ben Lawson ... Sam
Jennifer Irwin ... Megan
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Storyline

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

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Friendship has its benefits

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Ukrainian

Release Date:

21 January 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fuckbuddies See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

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

Gross USA:

$70,662,220

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$149,228,077
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Adam says to Emma, "You can't fight me. You're miniature. You're like a girl Rick Moranis." Ivan Reitman, the director of this movie, directed Moranis in Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II. See more »

Goofs

When Emma is carrying the two cups of coffee to the car after running into Adam, she carries them like they are empty, not accounting for the coffee inside. If there was coffee in either one, it would have spilled everywhere. See more »

Quotes

Adam: You're fucking my ex-girlfriend?
Alvin: Well, yeah. But... She's just so hot.
Adam: I know how hot she is.
Vanessa: [peeking out into the hallway] That's really sweet. Thanks, guys.
Adam: Fuck you!
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References The Care Bears Family (1985) See more »

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ROCK IT
Written by Dominic Byrne
Performed by Little Red
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Portman is an absolute joy
11 December 2016 | by A_Different_DrummerSee all my reviews

It is interesting, to this reviewer, how the IMDb membership tends to sometimes voice concerns that the mainstream reviewers miss or overlook.

The mainstream critics (which you check for yourself, link on the title for this film) either felt that the script worked and produced an entertaining movie -- or that the script failed, and the movie lacked punch.

Almost universally, however, Ms. Portman's performance was praised. Some felt, in fact, that it carried the entire movie (Kutcher's career, like that former romantic lead Freddie Prinze, tends to veer more toward "straight man" ie, as merely the "sparkplug" for whomever he is playing against.) Here on IMDb however I find reviews that go further than the mainstream critics, and actually seemed annoyed at Ms. Portman for taking the role in the first place...? As if the role (or the movie, or the script) was beneath her? In the opinion of this reviewer, Ms. Portman 'is' the movie. The script is OK -- perhaps with some excellent moments here and there, both verbal and slapstick -- and the co-stars are also merely OK.

But it is the comic timing and willingness of Ms. Portman to throw herself 100% into such an initially weak character ... and the make that character stronger and more interesting than the scriptwriter ever imagined. This is what carries the film, and this is what holds it together and makes it work.

I will add to this review the same remark I penned recently in another review of a so-called "High Concept" Hollywood comedy -- Ghost Town 2008 --- namely that, at the end of the day, when this film goes into the great digital archive and becomes available to viewers of the future (as in, two generations from now or more), the sneers from today's viewers will fade away and be replaced by the observation that, like Tea Leoni, Ms. Portman simply did not do enough films to satisfy her fans.


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