- Cast: Natalie Portman, Ashton Kutcher, Cary Elwes, Lake Bell, Kevin Kline, Olivia Thirlby, Greta Gerwig, Mindy Kaling, Talia Balsam, Ophelia Lovibond, Phil LaMarr, Adhir Kalyan, Stefanie Scott, Brian H. Dierker , Jake M. Johnson, Mollee Gray, Ben Lawson, Tom Tangen, Matthew Moy, Lydia Blanco, Vedette Lim, Guy Branum, Taylor Kirk, Dylan Hayes, Ben Lautman
- Director: Ivan Reitman
- Writer: Elizabeth Meriwether
- Producers: Jeffrey Clifford, Joe Medjuck, Ivan Reitman
- Co Producers: Ali Bell, Lisa Bruce
- Executive Producers: Gary Barber, Roger Birnbaum, Jon Glickman, Jonathan Glickman, Tom Pollock, Natalie Portman
- Art Direction: Greg Berry
- Castings: Joanna Colbert, Richard Mento
- Costume Design: Julie Weiss
- D.O.P.: Rogier Stoffers
- Editor: Dana E. Glauberman
- Makeup: Tracey Levy
- Music: John Debney
- Production Design: Ida Random
Emma Franklin is a doctor who’s not really looking for love and is not ready for a relationship because of time issues and just wants to have someone to have sex with. She decided to have sex with her friend, Adam Kurtzman.
Things get complicated when a plain seual relationship is mixed up with emotions. Adam falls for Emma and the problem arises when the feeling is not mutual. But is it really only sex for Emma? Will she learn to fall in love with Adam eventually?
- Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
- Filming Locations: Los Angeles, USA
- MPAA Warning: Sexual content, language and some drug material
- Production Budget: $25 million
- Production Companies: Cold Spring Pictures, Handsomecharlie Films, Katalyst Films, Montecito Picture Company, Paramount Pictures, Spyglass Entertainment
- Production Schedule: May 2010 - July 2010
2011 Guide Analysis: "One of the few titles in this guide I didn't get time to write-up before its U.S. release this past Friday, the film is still slated to come out next month in most international markets. This is one of two studio rom-coms this year about a male and female friend who have a pact to enjoy casual sex without becoming emotionally attached, the other being Will Gluck's much more promising looking "Friends with Benefits".
Reitman as a director has been off his game since his last solid comedy "Dave" in 1993. After that we've seen only drudge such as "Evolution," "Junior," "Father's Day" and "My Super Ex-Girlfriend" (though I do have a very MINOR weakness for "Six Days, Seven Nights"). The hope here, as usual with him, was a return to form with the help of a script by American playwright Elizabeth Meriwether ("Oliver Parker!").
Sadly that didn't seem to be the case as reviews for the film were decidedly mixed at best, saying both Kutcher and Portman especially are said to be fun and easy going but the story is predictable and the film's attempts at raunchiness take a step too far into crassness. Some reviewers utterly slammed the film and think it could hurt Portman's Oscar chances, whereas a few others though it a tad better than average. Those of us living overseas will see for ourselves shortly."