I know, I know — your first reaction is probably the one that I had. “This is old news! We already know these movies are dealing with the same best-friends-sleep-together-then-fall-in-love story.” But neither of us is as awesome as The Blind Film Critic, who mashed up the two trailers to show that even the perspective shots are the exact same. (OK, so he probably didn’t make it himself, but he had someone combine the trailers to show the truth.)
It’s possible to overthink these (many) little similarities: Afte rall, most girls pull their tank tops over their heads like that. And something that was unclear about No Strings Attached‘s plot was that Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher weren’t best friends; they had When Harry Met Sally-esque run-ins every few years. Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake, on the other hand, seem to play besties from childhood who’ve just started to notice that the other one is smokin’.
I also take exception with the bit about offensive gay jokes. I was convinced that Woody Harrelson‘s character is a gay bro, which could actually be quite funny and not a stereotype like the snarky fat guy in No Strings Attached.
And where it comes to wacky parents — honestly, when you see them portrayed as idiots in Disney and Nickelodeon or nonexistant in other rom-coms, it’s refreshing to have engaging parental figures. After all, Patricia Clarkson is just playing a brunette version of her self-described “slutty” character in Easy A.