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"NO STRINGS ATTACHED"
(2011) (Natalie Portman, Ashton Kutcher) (R)


Alcohol/Drugs Extreme
Blood/Gross Stuff Minor
Disrespectful/Bad Attitude Heavy
Frightening/Tense Scenes None
Gun/Weapons None
Imitative Behavior Heavy
Jump Scenes None
Music (Scary/Tense) None
Music (Inappropriate) Moderate
Profanity Extreme
Sex/Nudity Extreme
Smoking Minor
Tense Family Scenes Heavy
Topics to Talk About Extreme
Violence Mild


QUICK TAKE:
Romantic Comedy: A resident physician and an aspiring TV writer attempt to be "friends with benefits" but romantic feelings threaten to undermine their casual sex arrangement.
PLOT:
Emma (NATALIE PORTMAN) is resident physician in the Los Angeles area who works 80 hours a week and thus doesn't see much more in her day than the hospital where she works with her roommates, Patrice (GRETA GERWIG), Shira (MINDY KALING) and Guy (GUY BRANUM).

Adam (ASHTON KUTCHER) is an aspiring TV writer who works as a production assistant along with the likes of fellow staffer Lucy (LAKE BELL) on a "Glee" sort of high school musical television show, but has lived in the long shadow of his famous TV actor father, Alvin (KEVIN KLINE).

Neither has had luck in relationships. Hers is by her on doing as she doesn't believe in long-term commitments despite her sister, Katie (OLIVIA THIRLBY), now being engaged, although she does enjoy the company of fellow resident Sam (BEN LAWSON) and finds herself attracted to one of the hospital's staff physicians, Dr. Metzner (CARY ELWES).

For Adam, he once dated Vanessa (OPHELIA LOVIBOND), but she's now seeing his father, a surprise development that leads to his drunken desire to have sex with anyone, a quest supported by his friends, Eli (JAKE JOHNSON) and Wallace (CHRIS 'LUDACRIS' BRIDGES). That leads to him hooking up with Emma, someone he's bumped into every few years since they briefly knew each other as teens back at camp.

The two decide to be "friends with benefits," meaning they'll have casual sex when they like, with no romantic strings attached. As they continue with that, however, they must contend with romantic feelings that begin to emerge on both of their parts, a development that threatens to undermine their carefree arrangement.

WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
Fans of the stars in the cast, as well as older teenagers could very well be interested in the film, while the sex angle might be enticing for others.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: R
For sexual content, language and some drug material.


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