No Strings Attached
''No Strings Attached'' begins with an intriguing premise: A guy and a girl agree to have sex wherever they want, whenever they want, without all those pesky emotions getting in the way. This is apparently what the kids these days, with their rock 'n' roll music and their video games, refer to as being ''friends with benefits.''
What's intriguing about it is that the girl in the equation, a young doctor played by Natalie Portman, is the one who suggests this arrangement, and the guy, an aspiring TV writer played by Ashton Kutcher, is the one who breaks the rules and falls in love.
It's a reversal of traditional gender roles, and an indication that we might be in for something fresh, daring and different.
The ads for ''No Strings Attached'' ask us to ponder whether friends can have sex and still remain just friends. The answer is never really in doubt, but ''No Strings Attached'' forces to slog through all the usual misunderstandings, missed opportunities and potential extracurricular mates before we get there.
Except, we're not. (R, 108 minutes)
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