I was told that in France, this was released as "Sex Friends". If that were true, I'd give the French a standing ovation for going straight to the point. Anyway, there's a lot of irreverent humor in this rom-com.
The film, in fact, opens with two children: a young Emma and a young Adam who would eventually grow up as newly crowned Oscar Best Actress Natalie Portman ("Black Swan") and funny gorgeous man Ashton Kutcher, respectively. Emma was consoling Adam, and once his tears have all dried up, he nonchalantly asks her; "Can I finger you?"
Much of the narrative coasts with such ribald conduct towards relationship. In fact, Emma, who's a resident physician, agrees to her sexual dalliances with the besotted Adam, just as long as there's no emotional connection. "We're just sex friends; fuck buddies; friends with benefits," she thoroughly describes their relationship to Adam's dad (Kevin Kline).
But the human heart isn't prone to such deceptions. And their sexual proclivities soon turn exclusive. When Emma shuns Adam's truthful confessions, the two separate ways. Will they find each other again along the way? I'll give you one good guess.
With manic energy, intermittent nudity and undeniable charm in the vein of Anne Hathaway and Jake Gyllenhaal's "Love and Other Drugs", Ivan Reitman's "No Strings Attached" dispenses a few lessons on accepting what your emotions dictate. It does get ridiculous when you're aware that both parties seem to genuinely care for each other. But couplings are never easy for anyone. There are no hard and fast rules on relationships except that when you love, you have to give it your all to be truly happy.
Ben Lawson shot to Australian fame in the soap, "Neighbours". He is usually cast as a doctor ("No Strings Attached") or a lawyer ("The Deep End"). Lawson was nominated for a 'Most Popular New Male Talent' Logie Award in May 2007, but lost to Dustin Clare (McLeod's Daughters).