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

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IVAN REITMAN — whose directing job (“Ghostbusters”) is really so long into the enamel which he really includes a son, Jason, directing Oscar-worthy comedies — has their outing that is best in decades with “No Strings connected,” an amusing flip for the “friends with benefits” sex-leads-to-love romantic comedy formula.

Some clever turns in situations and witty banter that isn’t shy about crossing over into “Hangover”-level raunchy it’s a movie benefiting from another sparkling, sexy and emotionally available performance by Natalie Portman.

Elizabeth Meriwether’s script has that “(500) times of Summer” gimmick, telling this couple’s tale in clumps over a 15-year period. Super-smart Emma met hunky-needy Adam at summer camp in the past whenever, and so they possessed a fling that is momentary. A decade later on, they meet once more and pretty, flirty Emma (Portman) invites Adam to“this plain thing” she’s got to attend. It’s her dad’s funeral. But dopey-handsome Adam (Ashton Kutcher groop sex, 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 gonna see me personally once more.”

Another opportunity encounter years later results in a change of cell phone numbers. After which, 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 will have their romps, but snuggling and stuff like that — real closeness — scares her down. So for Adam, the chase is on.

Portman, probably an Oscar nominee for “Black Swan,” carries this film along with her heat and her wicked way with a come-on that is incredibly crude. Kutcher is way better at bringing the funny that in holding the weight that is emotional. Reitman didn’t abruptly evolve as a warmer, 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 friend that is best (Jake M. Johnson) mocks him for offering 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 star dad, a lecher who thinks absolutely absolutely nothing of using up 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 high school 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 mating call — “I’m so druuuuuunk.”

Whatever corners writer Meriwither paints herself into — and also this movie appears stitched from a few present romances including “Rachel getting” that is marriedOlivia Thirlby is Emma’s more youthful, matrimony-minded sibling) — sweet situations and cheeky discussion bail her down. You know it’s love once the man allows you to a mix that is menstruation — “Red Red Wine,” “I’ve Got the World for a String” and an also 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 could by the time a film really titled “Friends with Advantages” hits theaters come early july.


GRADE: BRATING: R (for intimate content, language plus some drug material)CAST: Natalie Portman, Ashton Kutcher, Greta Gerwig, Kevin Kline, Lake BellDIRECTOR: Ivan ReitmanRUNNING TIME: an hour, 36 moments

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