One of the first romantic comedies of 2011 is hitting theatres this Friday and I got to check it out a few days early. By myself. It was a weird experience seeing a movie solo, in a packed theatre surrounded by strangers. My boisterous laugh definitely has a definitive resonating sound which is much more embarrassing when you have no one to turn and blame! But that’s beside the point.

The movie I checked out was hilar-balls, with a sexual twist! The new-age rom-com, No Strings Attached stars my girl and soon-to-be Academy Award winner, Natalie Portman, and Bruce Willis’ son, Ashton Kutcher.* Natalie plays protagonist, Emma, an emotionally closed girl who refuses to allow any man to get close to her for fear of getting hurt. It’s unrealistic to dream anyone can go through life not feeling or allowing themselves to be loved, but Portman’s character was determined to die trying. Kutcher, naturally, played the male lead, Adam, a desperate and hopeless romantic. The flip-character story line of hard woman and soft man was the perfect switch from your typical rom-com plot.

*If you watched the Golden Globes this past Sunday, and more importantly Ricky Gervais’ brilliance as host, then you’ll get my reference.

Sorry, I am all over the map tonight! The movie was definitely a feel-good flick full of cheesy romantic lines and constant sexual references – which, if you’re looking for that form of entertainment, this movie hits the nail on the head. There were a few surprise cameos that made me smile; Kevin Kline playing the roll of Kutcher’s father, Alvin and Mindy Kaling (from Homorazzi favourite Parks and Recreation), playing Portman’s roommate and co-worker, Shira.

To be honest, the best part of this movie is the soundtrack. I have already started my search to see if it’s available. The film takes place over the course of 15 or so years (starting with a flash back to 15 years ago), and the songs from my teenage years are always a welcome addition to any film made in the 2000s. Runner up in the thumbs-up category was Kutcher’s stylist for the movie. His look is flawless, handsome, and charming all wrapped up into one plaid-blazer-wearing dreamboat.

I don’t want to sound too harsh, as I was definitely entertained by No Strings Attached, with a few moments forcing me to clutch my pearls (okay, I’ll admit it, and almost tear up). In reality, this movie could be put off as a rental, or if you have a rainy-day Sunday with nothing better to do, definitely check this movie out. My personal rating if a solid 2.5 stars out of 5. It’s nothing to write home about, but it wasn’t a waste of time either!

MOVIE RATING: 2.5 out of 5 stars

For more information about the movie, including the trailer, check out the following website: http://www.nostringsattachedmovie.com/