DVD: No Strings Attached (15)
Friday 24 June 2011
Precisely what induced two of Hollywood's brightest stars, Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher, to appear in this hackneyed romantic comedy isn't clear.
As well as the repeated in-your-face product placement, the script is quite exceptional in its embrace of cliché. Gender stereotyping, crass jokes about sexuality and ageism: it's all there. The only thing that saves it from total hopelessness is the charm of the Kutcher and Portman, who struggle against an entirely implausible script to bring a hint of humanity to their otherwise one-dimensional characters. A guilty pleasure at best – but certainly not one worth seeking out in the shops.
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