The Hilarious Triumph of the ‘No Strings Attached’ Red-Band Trailer

By  · Published on January 4th, 2011

There’s a lot of trailer action this morning as Hollywood executives are just now waking up from their Hybernol-induced winter comas, but the funniest one out there (counting the past few months even) is hands down this new red-band trailer for No Strings Attached.

The premise is simple and as old as sex itself, but when you toss in Natalie Portman staring at Asthon Kutcher’s penis with 3D glasses on (a commentary on the fad if there ever was one), a metric ton of clever cursing, and Ludacris making a self-reference to every “Ho” pun-themed song he’s written – the world has a little bit more brilliance in it.

In fact, the catalyst for the pair getting together will make you look at your own father in a gross and terrible new way. Don’t put yourself in Ashton Kutcher’s character’s place. Don’t do it. Just don’t.

Seriously, don’t.

Tunnel buddies.

Rob and I both explored Natalie Portman’s career on an episode of Reject Radio not too long ago, and we came to the conclusion that she’s more famous among film fans than she is in the mainstream. That’s about to change. She’s hitting the art house, and the mainstream R-rated comedy at the same time (with this and Your Highness). All she needs is a period piece (set to Frank Sinatra tunes) and a role voicing an animated bandicoot, and she’ll have penetrated every single audience possible.

What do you think?

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