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I have a piece up on on the oddity of Natalie Portman, Oscar nominee, ballet dancer and multilinguist, shacking up with Ashton Kutcher, tweeter and monosyllabist, in Ivan Reitman's romantic comedy “No Strings Attached.” 

Two weekends ago, when I was in the midst of writing it, some friends and I were at a multiplex in downtown Seattle, talking close to a big poster of “No Strings Attached.” Curious what others felt, curious if it was just me, I nodded toward the poster.

Me: And what do we think of that?


Female friend: “Love her. Hate him.”


Male friend: “She can do so much better.”

You can check out the piece here.

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Posted at 03:05 PM on Wed. Jan 19, 2011 in category Movies  


Reed wrote:

I had the same immediate thought when I heard of this movie.

But your take in the article is more profound than I was thinking about it. I just thought the basics: Portman = good movies, Kutcher = horrendous movies and wondered why she was bothering. Black Swan has yet to make its appearance here, so I am still in the dark on how that film may have affected her choice. Putting it together with the others you mention and I fear she is simply doing what many, many Oscar winners do - cash in. Nicolas Cage went straight to The Rock and Con Air after a career's worth of unique roles. Kevin Spacey's roles have gotten steadily less interesting and less dramatic. I'm sure there are plenty of other examples. Perhaps Natalie is simply counting chicks before they've hatched.

Comment posted on Wed. Jan 19, 2011 at 05:58 PM

Steve wrote:

For your professional education check out “The Butterfly Effect”. The one good Ashton flick. Has the added benefit of Amy Smart. (Yummy)

Comment posted on Thu. Jan 20, 2011 at 07:34 AM

evan wrote:

Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher.
In you were dateing Natalie Portman and knew she was pregnaunt, you'd be alright with her being in this movie ???

Let me rephrase that.

If your Natalie Portman and you know your pregnaunt, you'd be in a movie with Ashton Kucher where it's all about sex ???

She wasn't pregnaunt when she did this movie.
And she did this movie after Black Swan.

The movies probably really crap.
I don't see her putting a lot of time or thought into the character.
She was probably think about The Ballet Dancer the whole time.
She was probably late to the set, and always takeing breaks to make and take phone calls.
I bet you when they kiss , she turns away in disgust.
This is probably going to be the worst movie ever made in recent memory cuz Natalie Portman was so distracted with the thoughts of being in love and having a baby with Benjamin Millepied as soon as shooting wrapped that she had no chemistry what so ever with Ashton Kucher.

Sorry Ashton . . . . Another crap movie for the Rotton Tomatoes.

Better luck next time.

Comment posted on Thu. Jan 20, 2011 at 10:52 AM

Erik wrote:

RT score among top critics: 43% from 14 reviews.

Yesterday it was 57% from 7 reviews.

Bad trend.

Comment posted on Thu. Jan 20, 2011 at 11:37 AM

Erik wrote:

Saturday morning: Back up to 53% from 32 reviews by top critics.

Not fresh yet but still AK's best-reviewed movie.

Comment posted on Sat. Jan 22, 2011 at 09:44 AM
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