What Happens in Vegas – Should Have Stayed in Vegas

What Happens in Vegas

Starring Ashton Kutcher, Cameron Diaz, and Rob Cordry

Rated PG-13 for some sexual and crude content, and language, including a drug reference

Appropriate for ages 15+
Available August 26, 2008 on DVD and Blu-ray Disc

Joy and Jack (Cameron Diaz and Ashton Kutcher) are two lonely souls that get way to drunk one night in Las Vegas and end up married to each other.  The regretful couple decide on a divorce, until Jack wins $3 million dollars on a slot machine.  Without being able to end the marriage amicably, a judge orders the two to live together for six months and attend marriage counseling, or neither get any money.  In order to get the other to quit and walk away, they each set up strategies and traps.

With a plot like this, the movie can’t help but be a predictable mess.  Anyone could read the above summary and be able to guess where the film ends up.  Since there is no way to make the film unpredictable, you would think that they would at least make the movie funny.  Unfortunately, Diaz is unconvincing in her role and almost seems incapable of adding humor to the mix here.  Instead, the filmmakers inject humor by relying on Kutcher, his loser friend and attorney Rob Cordry, and their hanger-on Zach Galifianakis.  This formula provides for a couple of laughs, but gets old quick and makes you wish the film would end sooner.  I will admit that there are a couple of good bits by Rob and Zach on the extra features, but not enough to make it worth the rental, purchase, or the time spent watching.  Movie: D     Extras: C