No Strings Attached

Synopsis: Occasionally in the 15 years since summer camp, Adam and Emma cross paths. When he discovers that an ex-girlfriend is living with his dad, he gets drunk, calls every woman in his cell phone contact list, and ends up passed out naked in her living room. By this time, she's a medical resident in L.A. and he's a gopher on a "Glee"-like TV series, hoping to be a writer. She guards her emotions (calling her father's funeral "a thing"), so after a quick shag in the moments she has before leaving for the hospital, she asks if he wants a no-strings-attached, sex-only relationship, without romance or complications. A prescription for fun or for disaster?
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Director(s): Ivan Reitman
Production: Paramount Pictures
  2 wins & 6 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
108 min

So... I'm pretty good at archery.

That'll be useful

if you ever have a time machine

and your time machine breaks,

and you're stuck in the Medieval Ages.

You're funny. It's weird.

Yeah. I'm weird.

Me too.

Yeah, right. Everyone loves you and

your dad's like famous, or something.

My parents are getting a divorce,

that's why I had to go to camp, so...

- Are you crying?

- No.


Look... I'm not really

an affectionate person.

People aren't meant

to be together forever.

You think so?


Can I finger you?



- Come on, baby, I got ya!

- Don't drop me!

Hey! Hey!


Oh, my God! I told you

that this was a pajama party.

What are you wearing?

What is this?

You're wearing actual long johns?


This is a frat party.

You just have to be drunk

and look hot.

Watch and learn.

Hey. Hey!

I'm so drunk!

Drink! Drink! Drink!

Hey, do you know that girl?

The sexy pioneer?

I think I know her.

I'd have sex with a pioneer.

For sure.

A hungry pioneer lost on the trail.

- Do I know you?

- Hi, Adam Franklin of Camp Weehawken.

I'm Emma Kurtzman.

You tried to finger me?

Yeah. Wow!

Do you go here? Why?

- What are you doing at a party of frat?

- No. I go to MIT,

but I have this family thing,

and I grew up in Ann Arbor.

MIT? Wow. So you grew up to be

a lot smarter than me.

Yeah, sometimes

my neck gets sore.

- Why?

- 'Cause my brain's so big.

I agree, it didn't work. Drop it.

I like you.

What? Why?

You don't even know me.

I like you.

I have to go to this stupid thing

tomorrow. You wanna come with me?

Yeah, sure. I'll come with you.

- What is it?

- Some stupid thing.

I wanted to leave you

with something David said to me

almost every day at the lab.

It's Einstein.

"There are only two ways

to live your life.

One, as if nothing is a miracle.

The other,

as if everything is a miracle."

For David, there was no bigger miracle

than his family.

His daughters, Emma and Katie,

and his wife, Sandra.


I want you to meet Adam.

I'm so sorry.

And this is my sister, Katie,

and her lover, Kevin.


And my best friend.

Oh, well... thank you. I didn't know

you were dating someone, Emma.

Oh, I'm not.

I just had a one-night stand with him

when I was 14.

It was a really nice funeral.

I'm sorry.

I'm glad you stayed.

Me too.

So, I'll call you, or something...

Adam, you're wonderful.

If you're lucky,

you're never gonna see me again.



Did we? Yes, we did.

We went to college together.

You have two gay dads.

Yeah, I'm the man

with the two gay dads.

They helped me move

my boxes sophomore year.

They're the best. I love them.

I'm super straight, though.

- So, yeah.

- OK.

- You're Patrice, right?

- Yes.

Yeah, Eli. I'm with... Adam!

I'll be right back.

Pick up some of that kettle corn.

- It's Patrice.

- Hey!

- Patrice! Hey!

- How are you?

- Weird.

- Wow.

I haven't seen you in... wow.

- How are you?

- Good.



What is this, the Peach Pit?

- And, yeah, that was a 90210 reference.

- Yeah, you're super straight.

- What are you doing here?

- I just moved here a week ago.

I'm doing my residency

at the Westwood Teaching Hospital.

- Hi.

- Vanessa, this is Emma.

- Emma, Vanessa.

- Hi. How do you do?

This is our friend, Patrice.

- Hi. How do you do?

- How do I what?

- Hi.

- Hi.

Hi, you look nice.

It's nice to meet you.

You remember my sister, Katie.

She's just finishing school here.

Yeah. I haven't seen you guys since...

- Yeah, Dad's funeral.

- Dad's funeral.


OK. Well, we should head out, so...

Yeah, we should, too.

You know...

But we should hang out.

Let me just... I'll get your number.

Yeah, just give me your phone.

I'll put it in there.

Yeah, that's probably easier.

We really have to be

somewhere now, so...

Yeah. We should...

Totally. Totally.

All right, well, good to hang out.

- Good seeing you guys. Have fun.

- Yeah.

- Take care.

- Take care, ladies.

And cut!

- Great.

- That's good.

- OK! Yeah!

- Great. Great.

OK, guys, we're gonna do this again.

All right? Five minutes.

- All right, let's...

- Good job.

- Great job. Great job...

- Wait. What are, people?

- Hey, Benji! Good scene.

- Cool. Thanks.

You looked great!

Sari. I told you to play hard to get.

I'm incredibly easy to get!


You were gonna ask me

something before the break.

- What was it?

- Yeah, I...

Wait, wait, wait. F***, fuckety-f***.

What was it? Stop.

You wanted to know if you could

get off early to see your dad,

- which is, yeah, totally fine.

- Thank you.

By the way, tell your dad,

it's like my favorite show ever.

Love it, own it, lost it,

bought it again. It's so great.

"Great Scott!"

- You probably hear that all the time.

- Not that much.



Chuck! If I catch you taking pictures

of your dick one more time,

I'm gonna take that thing away.

Hello. How can I help you?

- Hey, Philippe, it's Adam.

- Hi. Come in.

- Hey, Dad.

- Hey.

Check it out.

Vinyasa yoga

and the Army Ranger workout.

- I combined them!

- Wow. That's very impressive.

I'm gonna do a video, I think.

Vinyasa Power.

I can almost see

where your muscles go.

Very funny. Hit me.

No, I'm not gonna hit you.

I don't want to hurt you.

You're not gonna hurt me.

Come on, hit me.

Give me your best shot.

Come on, quick,

before I get a hernia!


You're right.

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Elizabeth Meriwether

Elizabeth Hughes Meriwether is an American writer, producer and television showrunner. She is known for creating the Fox sitcom New Girl, and for writing the play Oliver Parker! and the romantic comedy film No Strings Attached. She also created the ABC sitcoms Single Parents and Bless This Mess. more…

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