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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 he really features a son, Jason, directing Oscar-worthy comedies — has their most useful outing in chaturbate old decades with “No Strings connected,” an amusing flip associated with 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 more than a 15-year duration. Super-smart Emma met hunky-needy Adam at summer time camp in the past whenever, and additionally they possessed a fling that is momentary. 10 years later on, they meet once again 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, 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 gonna see me personally once more.”

Another possibility encounter years later contributes to a change of telephone 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’ve their romps, but snuggling and stuff like that — real closeness — scares her off. Therefore for Adam, the chase is on.

Portman, most likely an Oscar nominee for “Black Swan,” carries this film along with her warmth and her wicked means with a come-on that is incredibly crude. Kutcher is way better at bringing the funny that in holding the psychological fat. Reitman didn’t abruptly evolve right into a warmer, much much deeper filmmaker, either.

Nevertheless the manager surrounds funny people to his leads saying witty things.

However 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 might be, the old man from ‘Up’?” Kevin Kline plays Adam’s has-been television celebrity dad, a lecher whom believes absolutely absolutely nothing of taking on 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 on a “Glee”-like senior high school musical show.)

And wonderful Greta Gerwig (“Greenberg”) spices within 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 several present romances including “Rachel engaged and getting married” (Olivia Thirlby is Emma’s more youthful, matrimony-minded sibling) — precious situations and cheeky discussion bail her away. You know it’s love when the man enables you to a mix that is menstruation — “Red Red Wine,” “I’ve Got the entire world for a String” and a much more apparent Leona Lewis hit.

Plus 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 may by the time a film really titled “Friends with Advantages” hits theaters come early july.


LEVEL: BRATING: R (for intimate content, language plus some drug material)CAST: Natalie Portman, Ashton Kutcher, Greta Gerwig, Kevin Kline, Lake BellDIRECTOR: Ivan ReitmanRUNNING TIME: 60 minutes, 36 moments