Review: Natalie Portman sparkles in ‘No Strings attached comedy that is’ romantic

Review: Natalie Portman sparkles in ‘No Strings attached comedy that is’ romantic

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IVAN REITMAN — whose directing job (“Ghostbusters”) can be so long into the enamel which he really possesses son, Jason, directing Oscar-worthy comedies — has their most useful outing in decades with “No Strings connected,” an amusing flip for the “friends with benefits” sex-leads-to-love romantic comedy formula.

Some clever turns in situations and witty banter that isn’t shy about crossing over into “Hangover”-level raunchy it’s a movie benefiting from another sparkling, sexy and emotionally available performance by Natalie Portman.

Elizabeth Meriwether’s script has that “(500) times of Summer” gimmick, telling this couple’s tale in clumps more than a period that is 15-year. Super-smart Emma met hunky-needy Adam at summer time camp long ago whenever, plus they had a momentary fling. A decade later on, they meet once again and pretty, flirty Emma (Portman) invites Adam to “this thing” she’s got to visit. It’s her dad’s funeral. But Adam that is dopey-handsome Kutcher, never cast against type) does not hear the “She’s take off from her emotions” warning bells, even if she confesses, “If you’re lucky, you’re never ever planning to see me personally once more.”

Another opportunity encounter years later causes a trade of cell phone numbers. After which, that magical evening if the boy drunk-dials the lady then one starts. But don’t call it a completely modern relationship. Emma, now an MIT trained doctor, won’t have that. She’s busy. She’s guarded. And she’s interested in sex — somebody “in my sleep at 2 a.m.” — and nothing more.

They will have their romps, but snuggling and stuff like that — real closeness — scares her off. Therefore for Adam, the chase is on.

Portman, most likely an Oscar nominee for “Black Swan,” carries this movie along with her heat and her wicked means by having a extremely crude come-on. Kutcher is much better at bringing the funny that in holding the psychological fat. Reitman didn’t abruptly evolve in to a warmer, deeper filmmaker, either.

Nevertheless the manager surrounds their leads with hot webcam dildo funny individuals saying witty things.

However the manager surrounds funny people to his leads saying witty things. Adam’s friend that is best (Jake M. Johnson) mocks him for giving their lady love a present of balloons — “Who you think you are, the old man from ‘Up’?” Kevin Kline plays Adam’s has-been TV celebrity dad, a lecher whom believes absolutely absolutely nothing of trying out with certainly one of Adam’s ex-girlfriends. Lake Bell could be the leggy but embarrassing, lovestruck co-worker at Adam’s task. (He’s a manufacturing associate for a “Glee”-like highschool musical show.)

And wonderful Greta Gerwig (“Greenberg”) spices up the role of Emma’s university pal, the main one who scarcely outgrows that sorority girl’s call that is mating “I’m so druuuuuunk.”

Whatever corners writer Meriwither paints herself into — and also this film appears stitched from a few present romances including “Rachel engaged and getting married” (Olivia Thirlby is Emma’s more youthful, matrimony-minded sibling) — sweet situations and cheeky discussion bail her away. You know it’s love once the man enables you to a mix that is menstruation — “Red Red Wine,” “I’ve Got the entire world for a String” and an also more apparent Leona Lewis hit.

And also the sentiment — her love of convenience, their passion for love — hasn’t grown old, through “(500) Days of summer time,” “Up in the Air” (by Reitman’s son) and “Love & Other Drugs,” although it may because of the time a film really titled “Friends with Benefits” hits theaters come early july.

‘NO STRINGS ATTACHED’

LEVEL: BRATING: R (for sexual content, language plus some medication material)CAST: Natalie Portman, Ashton Kutcher, Greta Gerwig, Kevin Kline, Lake BellDIRECTOR: Ivan ReitmanRUNNING TIME: an hour, 36 moments

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