7. “No Strings Attached”
Released: January 21, 2011
In the eternal debate on what was better – “No Strings Attached” or “Friends with Benefits” – I will always choose “No Strings Attached.” What was originally thought to be Natalie Portman’s “Norbit” on her way to claim her Oscar for “Black Swan” actually turned out to be a delightfully saucy romantic comedy. Two childhood acquaintances – Emma (Portman) and Alex (Ashton Kutcher) – begin a causal friendship that includes sex. The more they try and keep their friendship and sex life separate, the harder it is for them to deny they’re falling for each other. Portman and Kutcher have a fun chemistry together and the sun-drenched L.A.-set romance is perfect escapism. What pushes the rom com high on the list is the superb supporting cast. Stacked with Kevin Kline, Greta Gerwig, Lake Bell, Olivia Thirlby, Jake Johnson, Mindy Kaling and more, laughs come from all angles of the frame.