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”) can be so long into the enamel he really features a son, Jason, directing Oscar-worthy comedies — has their outing that is best in decades with “No Strings connected,” an amusing flip associated with “friends with benefits” sex-leads-to-love romantic comedy formula.

It’s a film profiting from another gleaming, sexy and emotionally available performance by Natalie Portman, some clever turns in circumstances and witty banter that is not timid about crossing over into “Hangover”-level raunchy.

Elizabeth Meriwether’s script has that “(500) times of Summer” gimmick, telling this couple’s tale in clumps more than a period that is 15-year. Super-smart Emma met hunky-needy Adam at summer time camp long ago whenever, and so they possessed a fling that is momentary. A decade later on, they meet once again and pretty, flirty Emma (Portman) invites Adam to “this thing” she’s got to attend. It’s her dad’s funeral. But dopey-handsome Adam (Ashton Kutcher, never cast against type) does not hear the “She’s take off from her emotions” warning bells, even though she confesses, “If you’re lucky, you’re never likely to see me personally once more.”

Another opportunity encounter years later results in an change of cell phone numbers. Then, that magical when the boy drunk-dials the girl and something begins night. 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 gangbang_fun chaturbate in sex — somebody “in my sleep at 2 a.m.” — and absolutely nothing more.

They will have their romps, but snuggling and so on — real intimacy — scares her down. Therefore for Adam, the chase is on.

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

But the manager surrounds funny people to his leads saying witty things.

However the manager surrounds funny people to his leads saying witty things. Adam’s closest friend (Jake M. Johnson) mocks him for providing their lady love a present of balloons — “Who do you consider you will be, the old man from ‘Up’?” Kevin Kline plays Adam’s has-been television celebrity dad, a lecher whom believes absolutely nothing of trying out with certainly one of Adam’s ex-girlfriends. Lake Bell may be the leggy but embarrassing, lovestruck co-worker at Adam’s work. (He’s a manufacturing associate for a “Glee”-like twelfth grade musical show.)

And wonderful Greta Gerwig (“Greenberg”) spices within the role of Emma’s university pal, the only 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 current romances including “Rachel engaged and getting married” (Olivia Thirlby is Emma’s more youthful, matrimony-minded sibling) — adorable situations and cheeky discussion bail her away. You know it’s love once the man enables you to a menstruation mix tape — “Red Red Wine,” “I’ve Got the whole world for a String” and a much more apparent Leona Lewis hit.

As well as 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 time a film really titled “Friends with Advantages” hits theaters come july 1st.


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

About the Author

Hala Khouri, M.A., E-RYT, has been teaching the movement arts for over 20 years. Her roots are in Ashtanga and Iyengar yoga, dance, Somatic Psychology, and the juicy mystery of Life itself. She earned her B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Religion from Columbia University and has a Master's degree Counseling Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute.

Hala is one of the creators of Off the Mat, Into the World, along with Seane Corn and Suzanne Sterling. This is a yoga and activism initiative that aims to get yogis to take their practice outside of the yoga studio and to touch the lives of others.

Hala has taught yoga and the movement arts to a wide variety of people and places ranging from juvenile detention centers, mental health hospital and police stations, to yoga studios, conference halls and jungles. Teaching is her absolute favorite thing to do! She currently lives in Venice, California with her husband Paul and their two sons.