Valentine’s Week: No Strings Attached (2011)

 no strings poster

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

Rating: 6.5/10

It would seem as if 2011/2012 season was a competition for making two movies with alarming similarities then looking which one worked out best and made the most money. Snow White and the Huntsman and Mirror Mirror were both released in 2012, and although I’ve only seen Snow White and the Huntsman, everyone tells me that was the best choice of the two.

No Strings Attached and Friends With Benefits are the other two competitors. Their storyline is a formula that often gets repeated – Two people can sleep together and just stay friends.

I went to see the Friends With Benefits in cinema with some friends, and even while it was before I became TheMoviesnob (more on that title in a later post) it was pretty bad – have you ever heard the pitch of Justin Timberlake’s talking voice? I decided not to see this because hey, who needs EXACTLY the same movie twice in a year?

This movie IS like FWB except both Natalie Portman and Aston Kutcher can both act, whereas JT is just an artist who got bored with his day job and Mila Kunis doesn’t have strong enough acting skills to carry BOTH roles.

This movie felt better, a bit more real, somewhat sincere and sweet was mixed into the ridiculous notion that two people can sleep together and just be friends. I liked Emma – she managed to be feminine and intelligent and showed that it is not always the girl that is needy and needs the attention in the relationship. I think Aston Kutcher is just adorable and thought he played his part well – he was cute and very charming and impossible to resist falling for eventually. He really plays a slightly goofball-y character really well and it suits his nature perfectly. No Strings Attached focused on character development for some of the sub-characters and I liked that as well. I had such a good laugh where Adam brings all the “ladies” with PMS some cupcakes. It was a ridiculous stereotyping but it was sadly very true and I thought it was very manly of him to address the issue and in such a sweet way too.

No Strings Attached was pleasantly surprising and I can actually see myself watching this in the future again. It might not be for everyone but it I found it fun.

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4 thoughts on “Valentine’s Week: No Strings Attached (2011)

  1. Good review Natasha. It’s another one of those rom-coms that isn’t terrible, but it also isn’t much funny either. It’s just very whatever.

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