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
In the scene the birthday dinner scene Adam (Kutcher) says two of the movie's first titles. "Fuck Buddies" & "Friends with Benefits" See more »
When Wallace takes a picture of Adam and two girls at a party he holds Adam's phone horizontally (landscape orientation). Seconds later the picture received on Emma's phone is seen in vertical layout (portrait). See more »
[after Joy does her impersonations]
Oh, my God, Joy. I love you so much.
Lisa... I love you.
[as Adam looks from one to the other, taking a sip straight from the bottle]
Wait. I'm seriously in love with you.
[leaning forward over Adam's lap]
Why didn't you tell me sooner?
I didn't have the courage.
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A weak, weak light comedy with a wasted Portman in the lead role
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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