Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Length: 108 minutes
Release Date: Jan. 21, 2011
Directed by: Ivan Reitman
Genre: Comedy, Romance
OVERVIEW – No Strings Attached
The movie focuses on the sexual attraction between a man and a woman and the emotional complications that result from a purely physical relationship. It is clear that Emma and Adam are going to discover sex before they realize how love actually works.
The two meet again after fifteen years when Adam, an assistant director for a TV show, randomly calls all the women he knows to overcome the sorrow of his ex-girlfriend’s lustful relationship with his father. He goes on a date with Emma, now a work-obsessed doctor, and ends up spending the night with her. However, the two have fun in the morning, when Emma initiates an erotic and energetic lovemaking session.
Yet, the director deserves credit for letting Emma propose the idea of a sex-only relationship to Adam after their frenetic carnal session.
Monogamous and soon-to-be married sister Katie (Olivia Thirlby) is the total opposite of Emma, even as their mother Sandra Kurtzman (Talia Balsam) completes the whacky setup by entertaining a boyfriend soon after her husband’s death.
Dispersing the film’s focus heightens the movie’s humorous aspects. The director missed a beat by not letting the audience know why she has adopted such a harsh and unemotional outlook in her life. However, in his defense, the audience can imagine how difficult it can be to balance emotional entanglements with a demanding career.
The audience is treated to the sight of the couple making out at the drop of a hat in exotic positions and in the most improbable locations possible. However, the fun does not last for long. The audience remains entertained thanks to good casting, intelligent scripting, and smart use of humorous interludes.
A mushy attempt to express his love backfires as Emma calls off the deal.The entry of Adam’s love interest becomes inevitable. Thankfully, the melodrama of Emma running away from a wedding altar to be with Adam was not part of the story. In another departure from established genre tradition, the movie’s ending does not focus on the lead couple.
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