Movie Review: What Happens in Vegas

whathappensinvegasKevin 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.

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8 Responses to Movie Review: What Happens in Vegas

  1. Kathy says:

    I enjoy a predictable romantic comedy from time to time.

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  3. CarrieK
    Twitter: booksandmovies
    says:

    Kathy – so do I! I like movies that don’t make me think very hard, cause then I can be online on Twitter or reading blogs at the same time. :)

  4. Michelle says:

    I too have seen this movie and thought it was cute enough. Like you mentioned it’s pretty predictable but Cameron Diaz and Ashton Kutcher are good at comedy so watching them was fun. It was certainly entertaining and was a good mindless hour and 1/2 where you didn’t have to get too involved.

  5. CarrieK
    Twitter: booksandmovies
    says:

    Michelle – exactly! Every movie doesn’t have to be an Oscar-contender for me – I’ll settle for some mindless entertainment, too. :)

  6. This one has the feel of a predictable romantic comedy, but I imagine there will come a time when I’m in the mood for just that. :-) Thanks for your great review!

  7. stacybuckeye says:

    This looks like one I’d like to watch when my husband is out of town and I have a night to myself!

  8. CarrieK
    Twitter: booksandmovies
    says:

    LF – you bet. :)

    Stacy – yes, that’s a good plan!