Here’s my review of “No Strings Attached” from KTKA-49.
The state of the romantic comedy these days in Hollywood is not good. Multiplexes are commonly filled with lowest-common denominator, high-concept romcoms with attractive actors who are going through the tired motions of the most banal and predictable plots around.
That’s why it was such a surprise that “No Strings Attached,” the new Ashton Kutcher vehicle co-starring Natalie Portman, actually contains a little less obvious, pandering humor and more than a couple of characters that actually resemble real human beings. The high concept is still there of course, but it unfolds in a more natural and real progression than one might expect.
That’s not to say this Ivan Reitman-directed film isn’t sloppy and unfocused sometimes, but the premise of two people who are in lust with each other no strings attached who then have to struggle to not fall into a real relationship together is handled — dare I say — maturely.
Portman is especially good as the career-focused, emotionally detached medical student and Kutcher’s natural charm is used to good effect–there’s a real chemistry there.
The standard outline of the movie follows the romcom formula, but it’s the attention to character that makes “No Strings Attached” a grade above the rest.