FRIENDSHIP HAS ITS BENEFITS.
Emma and Adam (Natalie Portman, Ashton Kutcher) have casual sex… and decide to make it a regular thing, provided they don’t grow feelings for each other. This movie spends its entire running time teaching Portman’s character that it isn’t possible, or even desirable, to have a long-term friends-with-benefits relationship, but never deviates from its obvious formula. Still, Ivan Reitman is a seasoned filmmaker and his romantic comedy has charming, funny and sexy moments to make up for its lazier aspects. Kevin Kline is terrific as Kutcher’s freewheeling dad and the two leads are likable – as well as quite credible.
2011-U.S. 110 min. Color. Widescreen. Directed by Ivan Reitman. Cast: Natalie Portman (Emma Kurtzman), Ashton Kutcher (Adam Franklin), Kevin Kline (Alvin Franklin), Cary Elwes, Greta Gerwig, Lake Bell… Chris “Ludacris” Bridges.