Length: 99 minutes
Director: Tom Vaughn (“Big Love”; “John From Cincinnati”)
Writer: Dana Fox (The Wedding Date)
Starring: Cameron Diaz, Ashton Kutcher, Lake Bell, Queen Latifah, Dennis Miller, Zach Galifianakis, Dennis Farina, Treat Williams, Rob Corddry, Deirdre O’Connell, Jason Sudeikis, Krysten Ritter, Andrew Daly, Amanda Setton
Well, you’ve got a strictly by the books romantic-comedy starring two of Hollywood’s least talented leading stars- and yet somehow the movie is strangely watchable. Ashton Kutcher is Ashton Kutcher and Cameron Diaz is exactly the way Anna Faris mocked her in “Lost in Translation”. They don’t seem to have a lot of chemistry, the jokes are predictable and stale, and you know what’s going to happen five minutes before it does, but somehow the movie is mildly entertaining- forgettable, but mildly entertaining. Diaz plays uptight stockbroker Joy McNally, who is dumped by her fiancée (“Saturday Night Live”’s Jason Sudeikis) at a surprise birthday party she throws for him. She had purchased two tickets to Las Vegas as his present and her best friend, Tipper (Lake Bell- an actress I am really starting to become fond of), convinces her they should go anyway. Meanwhile, slacker (surprise!) man-child, Jack (Kutcher), is fired by his own father (Treat Williams). His best friend, incompetent lawyer, Hater (Rob Corddry), convinces him they need to go to Vegas to party down. Through a mistake by the hotel, the two couples are booked in the same room. They end up partying together and guess what? Joy and Jack wake up married! After deciding it’d be best to get an annulment, they play a slot machine and win three million dollars. It was Joy’s quarter, but Jack pulled the lever (“Sour Grapes” anyone?). A judge (Dennis Miller- really hungry for work apparently) orders the couple to try their best at marriage for six months and they can keep the money. Fail and they will lose it all. Joy is forced to move in with Jack and their personalities and lifestyles clash. But wouldn’t you know it? As much as they try to sabotage each other to get the money all to themselves, they start to actually fall in love. You probably didn’t even need to read this far into the review to guess that. Hell, you probably could have guessed it by just looking at the poster for the movie. Romantic-comedy fans should be pleased, others may be bored. I don’t know, maybe I was just in a good mood or something. Two stars certainly isn’t a flattering review, but in this case it was a lot higher than I expected when I popped it in tonight. Your girlfriend/wife could certainly pick out something worse to watch.
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