Wednesday, May 22 nd, 2019 at 00:05 am 




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


No Strings Attached is one of those romantic comedies where you see the previews or you see the posters and you think, eh. Don’t be mislead. This one is really terrific. It’s got Natalie Portman, who just won a Golden Globe and will very likely — she’s certainly going to be at least nominated for an Oscar. It’s between she and Annette Benning, and Ashton Kutcher who’s just plain adorable. The story is that they meet at camp. He kind of puts a move on her and she’s not interested. They keep bumping into one another and not quite getting together. Then they finally do but the deal is that she’s a busy young physician and he’s kind of a cute guy who writes for a Glee-like program. She wants to have an only sexual relationship. He says okay. The question is, can you have a sexual relationship and only be friends or does it need to go further than that. To a certain extent, Ashton has the girl role here. You know what’s going to happen but you don’t care. First of all, they’re cute together. Natalie Portman is a terrific actress. It’s directed by Ivan Reitman who did Ghostbusters, so everything is in the hands of a professional. It’s very well written. It’s tacky, and funny, and quick, and witty, and very current. The real reason that this movie really clicks, and you can hear all the reasons why it does, is because all of the supporting characters are just plain terrific. They’re all well drawn, they all make sense. They’re all likeable. You actually care about everybody in this movie. When is the last time you can say that. Okay, the King’s Speech. The point being that these are likeable, fun, realistic people. Even though you know what’s going to happen in the end, you care enormously about how you get there. Four and a half stars­­­­