Kevin and I watched What Happens in Vegas the other night. Or maybe I should say that I watched it – Kevin watched the first half, deemed it too predictable, and I finished it on my own the next day. He was right – it was predictable – but it wasn’t terrible and was an entertaining enough way to spend an hour and a half.
Cameron Diaz is Joy, an uptight stock trader who has just been dumped by her fiance. Ashton Kutcher is Jack, a lazy teenager-in-a-man’s-body who can’t hold on to a job – or a relationship. They are accidentally booked into the same hotel room in Vegas, have a drunken night of partying, and end up getting married at an all-night chapel. In the hangover-fogged morning, they both agree to an annulment – until Jack hits a $3 million jackpot on a slot machine – with Joy’s quarter.
An acerbic judge, hilariously portrayed by Dennis Miller, sentences Jack and Joy to six months of living as a married couple, working on their marriage, at which point he will decide how to divide the money and grant them a divorce. Wacky high jinks ensue.
While this wasn’t a great romantic comedy, it did have some truly funny moments – and Diaz and Kutscher had great chemistry. 3 out of 5 bags of popcorn.