No Strings Attached (2011)

No Strings Attached is Ivan Reitman‘s newest film, starring Natalie Portman, Ashton Kutcher, Kevin Kline, Cary Elwes, Greta Gerwig, Lake Bell, Olivia Thirlby, Ophelia Lovibond and Ludacris.

Emma (Natalie Portman) and Adam (Ashton Kutcher) keep bumping into each other. And after Adam finds out that his father (Kevin Kline) is sleeping with his ex-girlfriend Vanessa (Ophelia Lovibond), he gets drunk, lands on Emma’s couch and then in Emma’s bed. But since Emma isn’t that much into commitment, they agree that it shouldn’t become more. But can that really work?

No Strings Attached is exactly what it promised to be: a funny RomCom – and definitely one of the better sort. Is it a cinematic revelation? No. But it’s very entertaining.

There were some amazingly brilliant scenes in this film. And the period mix is an awesome idea. I’m still laughing about that one. There were a few jokes I could have done without (most coming from Ludacris’ mouth), but it was nothing too bad. [The only thing I really didn’t get was why a freshly in-love Lesbian couple would go home with Adam. Not that a threesome would be out of the question, but maybe not on the first night? But this was actually worth it only to see Natalie Portman freak out that way.]

Ivan Reitman is very good with pacing and comedic timing (as he proved quite a bit) and No Strings Attached is no exception – it just flows and never gets boring or too long.

It helps, of course, that he has a good cast to work with: I don’t think I need to mention Natalie Portman. Ashton Kutcher is limited in what he does but within his limits – and this role definitely is – he is very good. Kevin Kline is great and Lake Bell was all kinds of awesome. I really liked her and her character.

And the soundtrack was great – I mentioned the period mix already, but a Mariachi version of Don’t Cha or a Country version of 99 Problems really topped things off.

Summarising: Excellent entertainment.

On a sidenote: We were sitting next to three middleaged people in the cinema, 2 women, 1 man. Who were kind of annoying since they were commenting the movie a lot. But in the scene where Adam shows up for the Valentine’s date, the guy was really impressed (which he expressed by a loud “oooh”) – and I don’t think it was in any way sexual, he just thought it was impressive that Adam would dress up and how he dressed up. I thought that was pretty entertaining.


    • I haven’t yet found it either. Best bet would probably be to wait until somebody puts the scene up on youtube and then rip the audio.

      Or find a Mariachi band who can play it. ;)

    • Well, what Brent posted is the entire clip from the movie – for a fuller version you’d have to track down the band itself and ask them for a recording. But I don’t know if that exists…

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