No Strings Attached is about friends who agree to have casual sex without being in a relationship. If that sounds exactly like the plot of Friends with Benefits, it’s because it is. The difference being that No Strings Attached is much slower and less funny. It’s labeled a romantic comedy, but none of the jokes really land. Everybodies very mellow. Ashton Kutcher and Natalie Portman star as Adam and Emma respectively.
They both met when they were young and they kept running into each other throughout the years. Until one day when they end up hooking up. After which they decide to use each other for sex. Hooking up whenever they have the chance. Since Emma is busy with her job as a nurse and Adam is busy with his job as an assistant on a TV set. No Strings Attached has charming leads, but I felt like they didn’t take enough advantage of its premise. The sex happens in one montage and you don’t see much of it again. Most of the focus is on the romance. Which is of course how it ends. Making it a bit more predictable.
No Strings Attached is directed by Ivan Reitman, but his later work isn’t like is older work. Though I was definitely curious when I first heard about it. I don’t regret seeing No Strings Attached, but it certainly could have been done better.