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”) is really so long within the enamel which he really includes a son, Jason, directing Oscar-worthy comedies — has their most useful outing in decades with “No Strings Attached,” an amusing flip associated with 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) Days of Summer” gimmick, telling this couple’s tale in clumps over a period that is 15-year. Super-smart Emma met hunky-needy Adam at summer time camp in the past whenever, and so they had a momentary fling. A decade later on, they meet once more and pretty, flirty Emma (Portman) invites Adam to “this thing” she’s got to attend. 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 likely to see me personally once more.”

Another opportunity encounter years later causes an exchange of telephone numbers. Then, that magical evening once the child drunk-dials your ex plus one starts. But don’t call it a romance that is thoroughly modern. 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 bed at 2 a.m.” — and absolutely nothing more.

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

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

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

However the director surrounds funny people to his leads saying witty things. Adam’s companion (Jake M. Johnson) mocks him for providing their lady love a present of balloons — “Who you think you might be, 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 may be the leggy but awkward, lovestruck co-worker at Adam’s work. (He’s a production associate for a “Glee”-like twelfth grade 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 getting” that is marriedOlivia Thirlby is Emma’s more youthful, matrimony-minded sibling) — sweet situations and cheeky discussion bail her down. You know it’s love once the man enables you to a menstruation mix tape — “Red Red Wine,” “I’ve Got the entire world on a String” and an also more obvious Leona Lewis hit.

Therefore 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 full time a film really titled “Friends with Advantages” hits theaters come early july.

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

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