Review: Natalie Portman sparkles in ‘No Strings connected’ romantic comedy

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IVAN REITMAN — whose directing job huge tits chaturbate (“Ghostbusters”) is really so long into the enamel he really features a son, Jason, directing Oscar-worthy comedies — has their most useful outing in decades with “No Strings connected,” an amusing flip associated with the “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 shy 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 15-year duration. Super-smart Emma met hunky-needy Adam at summer time camp long ago whenever, plus they possessed a fling that is momentary. A decade later, they meet once again and pretty, flirty Emma (Portman) invites Adam to“this plain thing” she’s got to visit. 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 ever likely to see me personally once again.”

Another opportunity encounter years later results in a change of telephone 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 in sex — somebody “in my sleep at 2 a.m.” — and absolutely nothing more.

They’ve their romps, but snuggling and stuff like that — real closeness — scares her down. So 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 with a come-on that is incredibly crude. Kutcher is much better at bringing the funny that in holding the emotional fat. Reitman didn’t abruptly evolve right into a warmer, much much much deeper filmmaker, either.

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

Nevertheless the manager surrounds funny people to his leads saying witty things. Adam’s closest friend (Jake M. Johnson) mocks him for giving their lady love a present of balloons — “Who you think you will be, the old man from ‘Up’?” Kevin Kline plays Adam’s has-been television celebrity dad, a lecher whom believes absolutely absolutely nothing of trying out with certainly one of Adam’s ex-girlfriends. Lake Bell could be the leggy but embarrassing, lovestruck co-worker at Adam’s task. (He’s a manufacturing associate for a “Glee”-like senior school 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 mating call — “I’m so druuuuuunk.”

Whatever corners writer Meriwither paints herself into — and also this film appears stitched from a few current romances including “Rachel getting” that is marriedOlivia Thirlby is Emma’s more youthful, matrimony-minded sibling) — precious situations and cheeky discussion bail her out. You know it’s love once the man allows you to a mix that is menstruation — “Red Red Wine,” “I’ve Got the whole world for a String” and an also more apparent Leona Lewis hit.

As well as the sentiment — her love of convenience, his 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 early july.


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