The very pregnant Natalie Portman is making the rounds these days to promote her new movie that explores the question of whether there's any such thing as consequence-free sex. Let that sink in for a moment.
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'No Strings Attached' (R)
Starring: Natalie Portman, Ashton Kutcher, Cary Elwes, Kevin Kline, Greta Gerwig
Directed by: Ivan Reitman
What's It About? Portman and Kutcher play old friends who decide to have a purely sexual relationship -- no romance allowed. But of course, it's never that easy, at least not in the movies.
Why Should You See It? Portman lets her inner-'Black Swan' loose, offering the kind of raunchy, funny, grown-up performance that past roles have only hinted at. Kutcher remains a pro at light comedy. Veteran comedy director Ivan Reitman, whose work has felt sluggish in recent years, seems invigorated by these youngsters and their fresher, blunter take on romance.
You Might Like It If You Like: 'Hotel Chevalier,' the 'Natalie Raps' short from 'Saturday Night Live,' 'Guess Who'
Video Interviews: Natalie Portman | Ashton Kutcher
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