‘No Strings Attached’ leaves audience hanging

Unattached is how I feel after seeing the latest rom-com starring swan queen Natalie Portman and goofy leading man Ashton Kutcher. As the title suggests, the movie directed by Ivan Reitman (Ghostbusters, My super ex-girlfriend) revolves around two main characters becoming involved in a playful “friends with benefits” sort of relationship. Or so they thought.

Emma (Portman) is spurred into the relationship because it is convenient for her medical resident’s 80-hour work week schedule. She barely has enough time to take care of her appearance (although Portman is made to look mystifyingly beautiful despite the slouchy hospital scrubs and uncombed hair), let alone date. Emma is also drawn to the rendezvous because she is emotionally closed off and hostile toward romance. Continue reading