There are two films about male-female relationships coming home this week, each an opposing view of love and sex. One is a realistic and, ultimately, depressing take on the beginning, middle and end of a marriage that pulls no punches in its depiction of sex, anger and disappointment as Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling play doomed lovers/marriage partners in 'Blue Valentine.' The other is a rather innocuous piece of fluff, 'No Strings Attached,' that uses gratuitous sex to try to get laughs out of a relationship -- meant to mimic the openness of male-female couplings based on sex-without-romance -- that also follows the beginning, middle and end of an affair, but with a happy ending. Read on.
No Strings Attached
R2011
Based on 36 critics

Two lifelong friends (Natalie Portman, Ashton Kutcher) try not to let sex ruin their relationship. Read More

Blue Valentine
R2010
Based on 42 critics

A couple (Ryan Gosling, Michelle Williams) cannot halt the downward spiral of their marriage. Read More

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