The trailer for his latest, a romantic-comedy called No Strings Attached, starring the ever-lovable Ashton Kutcher (Valentine’s Day) and the ever-beautiful Natalie Portman (Thor) is here.
This movie has all the hallmarks of every single other movie in the genre ever made. You’ve got the protagonist played by Ashton Kutcher—a lovable loser who just wants to be loved. You’ve got the protagonist’s really attractive best friend played by Natalie Portman—who, naturally, becomes more than just a best friend. You’ve got the wise-cracking male buddies—who, instead of providing wisdom, provide a wide array of hilarities. You’ve got the girlfriend’s best friend—who, instead of providing hilarities, provides wisdom. I know what you’re thinking: This movie has everything!
Check out the trailer for No Strings Attached below:
Fortunately, Ivan Reitman is not entirely unfamiliar with the romantic-comedy genre. After all, his Dave, which was actually pretty good, was a rom-com about the President of the United States falling in love with Sigourney Weaver (more or less).
Then again, he was also responsible for Six Days/Seven Nights and My Super Ex-Girlfriend, both of which I’ve tried, and apparently failed, to erase from my memory.
Then there’s the old pro, Ashton Kutcher, whose track record, with regard to quality rom-coms (Just Married, My Boss’s Daughter, Guess Who, A Lot Like Love, What Happens in Vegas, Valentine’s Day, and Killers), is currently at zero for seven. Regardless of how good Natalie Portman’s track record is, what are the odds that No Strings is going to be the movie that breaks free from the Ashton Kutcher curse?
I’ve heard that this movie depicts incredible chemistry between Kutcher and Portman. I’m sorry, but…what? Where? Who? Huh? As far as I could tell, both actors seemed like empty shells of human beings just haphazardly rubbing up against each other because that’s what the screenplay called for.
Honestly, I would love nothing more than for an Ivan Reitman movie to blow my mind or, at the very least, entertain me for an hour-and-a-half. My fingers are crossed that the latter will be the case for No Strings, but my hopes, nevertheless, are way down.
Which isn’t to say that I wouldn’t be happy to see Reitman direct Ghostbusters 3. After all, as with most things, the quality of that movie depends far more on its screenplay and cast than it does its director.
No Strings Attached hits theaters January 21st, 2010. I’ll see you guys at the midnight showing.