Plain Platonic sex
The Oscar 2011 fever is seeing soaring temperatures. Things have heated up and anticipation is in the air even as the fateful day of 27th February Oscar 2011 nears. The experts have more or less come up with their list of names that will make it and that which will not. Amidst this we have Natalie Portman tipped among the leading ladies to win the most prestigious golden statue for her terribly brilliant performance in Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan.
But just before all that comes this No Strings Attached in which she stars opposite Ashton Kutcher. This is an apparently R rated romantic comedy directed by Ivan Reitman who is famed for his Ghostbusters films and apart from that, being the father of prolific film maker Jason Reitman. Talking of the premise, the story is about a boy Adam (who grows up to be Kutcher) and a girl Emma (who becomes the beautiful Natalie). Both see each other for the first time when they are all of six years old. Nothing much here though for they don't become childhood sweethearts immediately.
They grow up and have professional careers of their own. He is a TV producer and has a beautiful girlfriend Vanessa (Ophelia Lovibond). She is a medical student. As fate would have it (written by Elizabeth Meriwether) he breaks up with Venessa who has opted for Adam's father in turn. Adam is depressed and in search of happiness finds himself naked in a cushioned bed. Incidentally, that bed belongs to Emma and this is Emma's house. Everything is set and what follows from here on is a series of casual sex between the two. They still want to be friends and still have their session of plain casual sex.
So much for the premise, now is it effective enough? Well, both Portman and Kutcher have that tendency to make us feel adorable about them and the fact that they look extremely cute only ads more to it. In fact if the movie works in parts it is due to the pleasant on screen presence of th e duo. There are moments where you have a rather amusing smile on your face, at other times its plain sex with no strings attached.
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