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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.

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Ivan Reitman

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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

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Comedy | Romance

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Ukrainian

Release Date:

21 January 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fuckbuddies 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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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Although Emma (Natalie Portman) is implied to be nude, no frontal nudity is seen. Natalie Portman's bare bottom can be briefly glimpsed when she gets out of bed and gets dressed. This is in the scene where they have sex for the 2nd time at Adam's place, where they agree to become sex friends. See more »

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When Adam is talking to Lucy in his downstairs bedroom, there is a guitar at Adam's back. You can see a reflection of the mic boom in the head of the guitar and it moves down as Adam sits down. See more »

Quotes

Lisa: [after Joy does her impersonations] Oh, my God, Joy. I love you so much.
Joy: You do?
Lisa: Yeah...
Joy: Lisa... I love you.
[as Adam looks from one to the other, taking a sip straight from the bottle]
Joy: Wait. I'm seriously in love with you.
Lisa: Wait.
[leaning forward over Adam's lap]
Lisa: Why didn't you tell me sooner?
Joy: I didn't have the courage.
[...]
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References Flavor of Love (2006) See more »

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IT WAS YOU
Written by Matthew Gerrard & Robbie Nevil
Performed by Robbie Nevil
Additional vocals by Matthew Gerrard and Robbie Nevil
Produced by Matthew Gerrard and Robbie Nevil
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A weak, weak light comedy with a wasted Portman in the lead role
14 March 2013 | by secondtakeSee all my reviews

No Strings Attached (2011)

You expect more than you're going to get here. There are two strong leads, Natalie Portman at her finest relaxed self (seeming) and Ashton Kutcher in a slightly amusing, self-deprecating mode that is a little dulling but fits his part. But there isn't the necessary conflict here to make their attraction take on fire. They drift together, they push apart, they find each other again, and so on, all mildly engaging and a bit sleepy.

And don't expect much from Kevin Kline, either, mostly because his part is small and a bit canned, a caricature dad with too much to prove. The rest of the cast is frankly just functional, and you start to look harder at why the movie fizzles with so much apparent talent, especially Portman. And the only real answer is the director, who is more a producer at heart, Ivan Reitman. You can't fault the success of some of his movies, but it's an uneven bunch, from "Ghostbusters" to "Kindergarden Cop." Something lacks energy and imagination here, and the writing stretched a bit.

Enjoyable? Somewhat. Be warned, it's not funny, romantic, or energized enough to quite make it on any score.


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