No Strings Attached is a romantic comedy that explores a more serious question than the typical “boy meets girl” venture. The central issue of the film is whether our two lovable main characters truly can have sex without all those prickly “relationship” issues.
Emma (Natalie Portman) and Adam (Ashton Kutcher) meet for the first time fifteen years ago in camp. Adam’s parents are going through a divorce and the emotionally awkward Emma offers him comfort. The movie then flashes forward through time and sees the dynamic duo meet up at various places and times. Finally, the film arrives in present day Los Angeles. Adam is frustrated at being a lowly TV producer’s assistant (whose writing no one in the ‘biz will read) and Emma spends lots and lots of time being a doctor at the hospital. Their friends with benefits relationship does not start until Adam’s girlfriend, Vanessa (Ophelia Lovibond), leaves Adam for his father (who just happens to be Kevin Kline), a famous actor of the olden days.
Distraught, Adam is encouraged by his manly friends to get over Vanessa by sleeping with someone else right then and there. Many alcoholic drinks later and Adam is still on the phone, calling every girl in his contacts list. He wakes up the next morning naked and hung over in the apartment that Emma shares with her friends from the hospital.