What Happens in Vegas

by | Aug 26th, 2008 | 8:30AM | Filed under: DVD Reviews

Or not. A few months ago, I saw the trailer for What Happens in Vegas and was surprised to catch myself thinking, "You know, that might not be half bad!"  I find both Cameron Diaz and Ashton Kutcher to be pretty darn annoying, so I just assumed that I would despise any movie in which they both starred.

But What Happens in Vegas wasn’t awful, per se.  It follows Joy (Diaz) and Jack (Kutcher) as they separately flee to Sin City with friends after suffering through extraordinarily bad days (she gets dumped, he gets fired).  They meet up (surprise, surprise), get married on the fly after one cocktail too many, and then spend the next six months dealing with the consequences of that split-second decision. 

Unfortunately, the scenes in Vegas were the most fun to watch, yet they were over pretty quickly in the beginning of the film.  The rest of the movie dragged in comparison, and I just didn’t find the chemistry between Cameron and Ashton to be believable at all. Even their bickering seemed forced. 

However, if you’re in the mood for a light-hearted but fairly predictable romantic comedy, you may enjoy What Happens in Vegas.  I have to be straight with you, though… I think 27 Dresses is a much better pick in that same category.  Or even the slightly serious No Reservations, which handles the "unlikely couple" storyline in a more interesting way.

As it stands, I can’t help but think that if the characters in What Happens in Vegas actually stayed in Vegas, the result would’ve been a funnier (and therefore better) movie.


One Response to “What Happens in Vegas

  1. CM
    Posted on September 2, 2008 at 2:32 pm

    I noticed your comment on “No Reservations,” and thought back to my recent rental of “Mostly Martha,” the German-made original. If you haven’t seen it, give it a look. It’s amazing how what is basically the same story line and, in some parts, the exact same dialogue, can come off so profoundly different when in the hands of different actors and directors, and in the voice of a different language.
    As for Ashton and Cameron, I’ll put them on my to-rent list, under the just-for-fun cateogory. Right after “27 Dresses.”