‘No Strings Attached’ a way-above-average hit

Portman leads funny cast in way-above-average romantic comedy with benefits

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Director Ivan Reitman (“Ghostbusters”) has his best outing in decades with “No Strings Attached,” an amusing flip of the “friends with benefits” sex-leads-to-love romantic comedy formula.

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The movie benefits from a sparkling, sexy and emotionally available performance by Natalie Portman, some clever turns in situations and witty banter that isn’t shy about crossing into raunchy.

Elizabeth Meriwether’s script has that “(500) Days of Summer” gimmick, telling the couple’s story over 15 years.

As Emma, Portman carries this with her warmth and her wicked way with an incredibly crude come-on. Ashton Kutcher, as Adam, is better at bringing the funny than in carrying the emotional weight.

You know it’s love when the guy makes you a menstruation mix tape.

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