No Strings Attached (R)


Ashton Kutcher takes Natalie Portman into the void with Ivan Reitman’s out-to-lunch direction on this poor romantic comedy. After his ex-girlfriend starts sleeping with his dad, Adam (Kutcher) meets up with the too-busy-for-love med student Emma (Portman), to whom he lost his virginity at age 14. The couple has pretend raucous sex until something passing as real emotion starts to come between. Miserable.

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