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Movie review - What Happens in Vegas

Updated on March 24, 2010

This is a romantic comedy with Cameron Diaz and Ashton Kutcher. They are both masters of comedy, so I expected this to be a great film. Unfortunately I was rather disappointed after watching this film. It is about Joy McNally and Jack Fuller. When Joy gets dumped by her fiance in a very public way, she feels humiliated. She and her friend Tipper decide to go blow off some steam in Las Vegas. Jack Fuller gets fired from his job, his boss was also his father. To cheer him up his friend Hater takes him to Las Vegas. Due to a mix-up in the hotel the two duo’s get booked into the same hotel room. They sort it out, and embark on a wild night out. The next morning Joy and Tipper realise they got married the night before in their drunken states. Just when they decide to get an annulment or a divorce, Jack wins the jackpot with a quarter Joy gave him. They argue about the divorce and the money in front of the judge they asked to divorce them. The judge doesn’t take kindly to the situation, and he freezes their money, to be released to them after six months of marriage and marriage counselling. They are forced to move in together, and a war starts over the money, each trying to get the other to abandon the marriage so they can keep the money for themselves.

Cameron Diaz and Ashton Kutcher are a good match, they work well together. Especially the footage of their wild night out in Las Vegas is great and the chemistry really jumps of the screen. My favourite character in the movie is Tipper though, played by Lake Bell. Even though she has a fairly small role, she is great as the bitchy, and rather intense best friend. She has rather unconventional advice on how to deal with the marriage, and is beautiful to look at. Jack’s friend Hater (Rob Corddry) is just really annoying and obnoxious, not funny at all. Queen Latifah makes an appearance as their therapist, and she does quite well.

The movie is not great though. It is fairly predictable, and within half an hour you know how it is going to end. Most jokes are just not that funny, and the story is too predictable. The director Tom Vaughan just does not succeed in combining the talents of these actors into a great movie.

If you are up for a cheap laugh, and some simple movie fun, this might be the film for you. If you are up for something a little more intellectually challenging and unpredictable, stay far away from this film.

What Happens in Vegas trailer


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