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Not funny, without any romantism included, wasting two good actors, this is almost the "level zero" of romantic comedies
on 9 January 2015
I didn't like this film at all and count it as one of my most disappointing viewings ever - and that came as an unpleasant surprise, considering the names of actors and the director. Below, more of my impressions, with some limited SPOILERS.
Emma (Natalie Portman) and Adam (Ashton Kutcher) unwillingly keep running into each other - until one day they get really close... Emma however is reluctant to the very idea of a relationship and asks for a "sex only - no strings attached" common operation. Adam, who is much less cynical, agrees nevertheless and we can totally understand him - after all, this is Natalie Portman who asks, for God's sake! Of course, things will not go as smoothly as it is supposed.
The general idea wasn't the easiest thing in the world to be handled, I must give that to the director. But Ivan Reitman, even if he didn't make a really good film since "Ghostbusters" in 1984, is an experienced veteran and he could definitely do better than that.
The scenario is weak and the potential of both main actors is wasted. There is a couple of jokes, but they mostly turn around Adam's dad, an aging playboy played by Kevin Kline. For the most of time this film is definitely NOT funny - and that is rarely good news for a comedy. As for the romance, well, there is hardly any - I saw more romantism in some butcher shops...
I give this film two stars only because I generally like Ashton Kutcher (I found him particularly good in "Butterfly Effect", "The Guardian", "A lot like love" and even in stinkers like "My boss's daughter" and "Valentine's day") and of course I would watch Natalie Portman in ANYTHING... But this not-funny, not-romantic, occasionally vulgar film was for me a TERRRRIBLE DISAPPOINTMENT, nowhere near the quality of "Notting Hill", "While you were sleeping", "When Harry meets Sally", "Love actually" or "Must love dogs" - gosh, it wasn't even anywhere near the level of "A lot like love" (a lesser, albeit honest film). I am glad that I rented it instead of buying. AVOID!