The first look of director Ivan Reitman’s No Strings Attached has been released a few days before its trailer, which is going to premiere this Friday. The film, which stars Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher, is about two friends who decide to have a purely physical relationship. Hearts get involved, and you have the perfect romantic comedy. Reitman, of Ghostbusters fame and father of director Jason Reitman (Up in the Air), found his first array into the rated-R comedy hit quite close to home. “I noticed from my own kids that with this generation in particular, young people find it easier to have a sexual relationship than an emotional one. That is how sexes deal with each other today,” (via USA Today). This seems to be a topic that is interesting other film makes, since a similarly named Friends With Benefits is coming out next summer with Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis. For the image, more info on No Strings Attached, and more on both Portman and Kutcher’s future projects, hit the jump. No Strings Attached is due out January 21, 2011.
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Kutcher has described the film, saying, “I’ve done a lot of these kinds of movies, but this one is a little bit more grown-up. It looks at whether leaving feelings out of it actually works. For a new breed of woman, career comes first, and that has changed the nature of relationships. We should have just called the movie ‘Clooney.’ That’s the kind of relationship George Clooney has had for the past 20 years. He seems happy.” Not only does he enjoy teasing George Clooney, but he has also been excited to work with Reitman. “I was basically raised by Ivan Reitman, me and hundreds of thousands of millions of you and easily influenced young boys. Everything I didn’t learn in school I learned from him.”
Portman, always in high demand, recently gave a fantastic performance in Black Swan, which is garnering great reviews after both the Venice and Telluride film festivals. Judging purely by the trailer, one can understand the Oscar buzz surrounding this film. Plus, Portman is the female lead in Thor, which will be released next summer and looks terrific. Basically, Portman has some great movies lined up. Nothing surprising there. No Strings Attached is the only film lined up for Kutcher at the moment, whose past with Valentine’s Day and What Happens in Vegas has given him much experience already in the romantic comedy genre.