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Review: No Strings Attached (2011)

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In today’s culture, having a movie about two attractive stars having constant sex probably wasn’t too hard a sell for any studio. So, why not? Hire Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher, and get on with the Barry White montage. But the question that is raised is, should a movie be made because it will sell? Or is it to bring a message or entertain?

It doesn’t take much to figure out the plot of the movie. Portman’s Emma and Kutcher’s Adam, decide, for their various reasons to sleep with each other whenever, where ever. Of course, as anyone who sees the trailer could guess, things start to get serious, as they eventually fall for each other.

I was prepared to bash NSA, and move right on to Friends with Benefits. The first hour seems to be one awkward scene after another. While I expected this from Kutcher, Portman’s (one of my favorite actresses) performance just seemed lacking. Not to mention Ludacris with one of the worst acting performances I have ever seen. But, things did pick up eventually, and the movie was not as bad as it could have been. While it was never belly laugh hilarious, and never bring out the tissue box romantic, it did have glimpses.

My Rating: C+


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