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No Strings Attached Review

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2.5

Dave White Profile

Boring rom. Decent com. Read full review

3.0

Grae Drake Profile

Unabashedly Fun Read full review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0
    50

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Mixed or average reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 50

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Todd McCarthy

    Predictable, cutesy and nowhere near hot-blooded enough.

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  • 58

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    Adam is cute and all, but the real strings worth tying are those that bind this sisterhood of sharp, interesting, sexually active women together. Where's THEIR starring movie?

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  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    The few genuinely comic moments and deviations from cutesy rom-com formula make you wish No Strings Attached had traveled a more distinctively offbeat path.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    Ivan Reitman directed, with great verve and unflagging finesse, from a terrifically funny script by Elizabeth Meriwether.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 16+

Sexy romcom is cliched but surprisingly sweet.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this R-rated Ashton Kutcher/Natalie Portman romantic comedy is decidedly adult fare. It's a frank exploration of a modern-day relationship that's founded on a largely sexual basis, so you can expect plenty of unfiltered talk about sex, as well as characters shown in various states of undress and in compromising positions. There's also frequent swearing (including "f--k" and "s--t"), social drinking, and references to drugs. Despite the mature content (and plenty of romcom cliches), the movie is surprisingly sweet and does address questions about commitment.

  • Families can talk about the idea of a "friends with benefits" relationship. What messages does that kind of arrangement convey about love and commitment? Parents, talk to your teens about your own values when it comes to dating and relationships.
  • What's the appeal of romantic comedies? Although they tend to follow the same predictable formula, they remain popular. Why do you think that is?

The good stuff
  • message true1

    Messages: Amid the frank sexual content, there's a romantic message: You can’t choose who you love, and you can’t control how to fall in love. There's also the suggestion that no matter how accomplished you are, life isn't complete without love.

  • rolemodels true1

    Role models: The two main characters may be neurotic and full of bravado, but they’re also appealingly human. And though they might be confused about what a real relationship entails, they're kind and caring toward each other.

What to watch for
  • violence false1

    Violence: A young man punches an older man in the stomach.

  • sex false4

    Sex: The movie revolves around the idea of two friends hooking up purely for sexual gratification. They're shown in various states of undress -- him in nothing but a towel to cover his privates, her in underwear -- and in compromising positions. There are plenty of innuendos, and sex is discussed with much candor, including specific acts. Two women are shown making out.

  • language false4

    Language: Language includes frequent use of "f--k," "s--t," "d--k," "c--k," "damn," "ass," "bitch," "crap," "oh my God," and more.

  • consumerism false2

    Consumerism: Brands that are name- or label-checked include BMW, Stella Artois, Jolly Rancher, 7-Up, Patron, and Prius.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: A father smokes a joint with his adult son. Later, the father has a bad reaction to a concoction whose main ingredient is cough syrup. A woman gets inebriated at a party; scenes of social drinking. Jokes about cocaine.

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