One word for this film: FABULOUS. Being the world’s biggest girly-girl, I was a HUGE fan of this movie. Nowadays, just because a movie has some big names starring in it doesn’t mean it’s actually a good one. This one, however, surpassed any and all of my incredibly low expectations. Natalie Portman knocks it out of the park and shows incredible range—going from angsty ballerina in her recent film, Black Swan, to a humorous cutie in this romantic comedy. Her character, Emma, is provided with perpetual eye candy since she co-stars with the adorable Ashton Kutcher, who plays Adam.
While the storyline is less than original—boy meets girl, they become friends and fall into a comfortable pattern: sex sex sex—it doesn’t fail to amuse. Our generation has become obsessed with maintaining the prestige of a “friends with benefits” arrangement, and it seems to work for them, for a while. Adam (Kutcher) seems like a total player, playing a writer who is striving to work for a hit teen series as he lives in the shadow of his famous actor father (Kevin Kline), while Emma (Portman) is the nerdy med student who doesn’t have time for a boyfriend. Their arrangement is everything the title suggests, no strings attached. No post-coital cuddling, no whining and definitely no “real” dating. Surprise, surprise, the charming Adam falls for Emma, ruining their ideal situation. What a shocker. However, Kutcher and Portman are joined by a hilarious cast including Ludacris, Mindy Kaling (The Office) and the gorgeous Lake Bell who helped push this film to the top of my list of favorite chick flicks. I think they took it a little too far with the catalyst to Emma and Adam’s initial hookup—the news that Adam’s father is currently dating his (significantly younger) ex-girlfriend. But all in all I really enjoyed the film.
Being a big fan of the romantic comedy, I’m a sucker for a happy ending and this movie certainly doesn’t disappoint! The filming is cute, the dialogue is short and sweet and the actors are curiously charming. My favorite romance in the film is the adorable behind-the-scenes one between Emma’s roommate and best friend, “Patrice,” played by Greta Gerwig and Adam’s best friend and roommate, “Eli,” played by Jake M. Johnson. Throw in a little “period” humor and a fabulously gay best friend and you’ve got all the elements of a great girl’s night out!
Guys take note: take your girl to see this movie. You won’t hate it and it equals major brownie points for you (The Notebook style brownie points)!
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