Expecting a brainless romantic comedy, I was instead blown away by this.* Mr. Kutcher was his usual non-offensive self, and the rest of the cast really knocked it out of the park.** It was also laugh-out-loud funny in parts,*** which came as no surprise once I figured out that Ivan Reitman directed it.
Cost: Free from library. (Also, this was on one of my Letterboxd lists. I’m not sure why. Perhaps I made notes? I did. Movie Date recommended it.)
Where watched: At home while changing the toes from green to red.
I wonder how long I could watch Ashton Kutcher moves during pedicures before I had to repeat? The answer is that there are 17 Ashton Kutcher movies I haven’t watched, so I could keep going for a very long time. I won’t though. I think I would eventually stop being pleasantly surprised that his movies aren’t actually that bad.
*Secret to success with Ashton Kutcher movies: lower those expectations.
**And what a cast! Natalie Portman! Kevin Kline! Greta Gerwig! Mindy Kaling! Jake Johnson! Lake Bell! Ludacris! Olivia Thirlby!
***Many rom-coms are more “smirk” or “quiet chuckle” events. They don’t come with actual laughter.
poster from: http://www.impawards.com/2011/no_strings_attached.html