No Strings Attached

January 21st, 2011

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No Strings Attached

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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.

Release Year: 2011

Rating: 6.2/10 (56,431 voted)

Critic's Score: 50/100

Director: Ivan Reitman

Stars: Natalie Portman, Ashton Kutcher, Kevin Kline

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?

Writers: Elizabeth Meriwether, Michael Samonek

Natalie Portman - Emma
Ashton Kutcher - Adam
Kevin Kline - Alvin
Cary Elwes - Dr. Metzner
Greta Gerwig - Patrice
Lake Bell - Lucy
Olivia Thirlby - Katie
Ludacris - Wallace (as Chris 'Ludacris' Bridges)
Jake M. Johnson - Eli (as Jake Johnson)
Mindy Kaling - Shira
Talia Balsam - Sandra Kurtzman
Ophelia Lovibond - Vanessa
Guy Branum - Guy
Ben Lawson - Sam
Jennifer Irwin - Megan

Taglines: Friendship has its benefits


Official Website: Paramount [France] | Paramount [United States] |

Release Date: 21 January 2011

Filming Locations: 1260 Channel Dr, Santa Barbara, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $19,652,921 (USA) (23 January 2011) (3018 Screens)

Gross: $147,780,440 (Worldwide) (7 April 2011)

Technical Specs

Runtime: USA:

Did You Know?

Elizabeth Meriwether, for whom this is the first produced screenplay, was very involved during the shoot, much to her delight.

Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): Adam asks Emma how has she been and she tells Adam that she's studying at MIT. When they meet again she is a medical resident at a hospital. You can't become a doctor by going to MIT. She probably meant Harvard.

Emma: Taxi!
[gets in car]
Emma: Take me to Adam's house!
Taxi Driver: Okay, ma'am, where's that?
Emma: Where Adam lives!

User Review


Rating: 8/10

I gave this movie an 8/10 simply because it will keep you laughing the majority of the time. Sure the ending is predictable and a few of the background actors deliver lackluster performances but Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher fit very nicely together as the main characters, you could really tell they had fun working together.

I see a lot of other reviews criticizing Portman for "stooping to this level" and I'm not too sure why, maybe they didn't go see it in the right frame of mind...this movie is what it is, a romantic comedy about two friends who decide to take their relationship to the next level without having any of the commitments and "duties" of being an actual couple, that's what the trailers showed it as, that's what the actors described it as, nothing was a surprise...she did a cute, funny romantic comedy, it's not like she dove head first into the adult film industry.

Will this movie be nominated for awards, probably, will it win, probably not, but overall it was cute, it was funny, and I left the theater feeling like the $10 I paid for a ticket was well worth it.

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