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No Strings Attached (2011)

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

Director:

Ivan Reitman

Writers:

Elizabeth Meriwether (screenplay), Michael Samonek (story) (as Mike Samonek) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Natalie Portman ... Emma
Ashton Kutcher ... Adam
Kevin Kline ... Alvin
Cary Elwes ... Dr. Metzner
Greta Gerwig ... Patrice
Lake Bell ... Lucy
Olivia Thirlby ... Katie Kurtzman
Ludacris ... Wallace (as Chris 'Ludacris' Bridges)
Jake Johnson ... Eli
Mindy Kaling ... Shira
Talia Balsam ... Sandra Kurtzman
Ophelia Lovibond ... Vanessa
Guy Branum ... Guy
Ben Lawson ... Sam
Jennifer Irwin ... Megan
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Storyline

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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Friendship has its benefits

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content, language and some drug material | See all certifications »

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When asked about the sex scenes in an interview, Natalie Portman said "I'm pretty immature, so I get pretty embarrassed still. But yeah, you ... I would, like, check out once in a while, certain shots to make sure I felt OK. Because sometimes once you see it, like, there was one of the panties coming off that we did, and after I watched it I was like, Oh that's not bad, because it was really quick. It wasn't like, lingering on anything that I felt, you know, modest about or anything. I checked a little. You do sort of go the opposite direction between takes. 'Oh, what are you doing this weekend?' Like, totally benign conversation between to make it a little normal." See more »

Goofs

While the fall 2010 day and date shown earlier on Emma's phone are historically correct, she later says that the approaching Friday is Valentine's Day. Valentine's Day actually fell on Monday in 2011. See more »

Quotes

Sandra Kurtzman: You know I worry about you sometimes.
Emma: Why? Is this about me not having a date?
Sandra Kurtzman: No, I know you can dance alone. I know that you'll be fine. You're always fine.
Emma: So?
Sandra Kurtzman: I don't know. When we lost your father I couldn't stand to see you in pain and I think you knew that. I think that you got good at being strong for me.
[pauses]
Sandra Kurtzman: I'm telling you be hurt. I can take it. The world can take it.
Emma: [teary] Okay.
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Connections

Featured in Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #1.1 (2011) See more »

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I Will Let You Go
Written & Performed by Daniel Ahearn
Courtesy of Riparian Records
By arrangement with Secret Road Music Services, Inc.
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This is yet another romantic comedy with a cookie-cutter plot, but it will make you laugh!
23 January 2011 | by burningreviewSee all my reviews

I had very low expectations for No Strings Attached. The couple would make the decision to use each, one would fall for the other, and in the end they would live happily ever after. I was correct about the overall story line, but, impressively, the writers found a way the mix in enough comedy to keep you entertained for the full 110 minutes. On top of that, there is enough cutsie romance to make for the perfect date night movie. Comedy to make you laugh and romance to cheer up any romantic girl.... sounds like a romantic comedy to me!

Natalie Portman shows her range of acting abilities by having two extremely different films in theaters at the same time. I was thoroughly impressed with her ability to drop the comedic one liners and portray a unaffectionate woman who's fallen in love realistically. Comparing this to her award-winning role in Black Swan made her abilities even more impressive. I cannot say the same for Ashton Kutcher. He has a great face and is great at comedic acting. However, each serious, romantic scene he was in became unrealistic and uncomfortable.

Overall, this is the perfect date night or girls night movie. It has some great comedic moments and brings in the romance that most ladies love to see. If you are looking for a light-hearted romantic comedy, this is a great choice.

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Release Date:

21 January 2011 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$19,652,921, 23 January 2011

Gross USA:

$70,662,220

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$149,228,077
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2.35 : 1
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