By Clint Morris
What Happens in Vegas? Not a lot actually, only about a fifth of the film is set there, so if youâ€™re looking for the next â€˜â€™Vegas Vacationâ€™â€™ or, er, â€˜â€™Pink Cadillacâ€™â€™, youâ€™d be best paying a visit to the weekly shelf at your local video store rather than this new Cameron Diaz/Ashton Kutcher comedy.
If, however, youâ€™re looking for a pleasant-enough way to pass the time â€“ or have looked up the local theatre session times only to discover that â€˜that good movieâ€™ you wanted to see has already finished â€“ and something that wonâ€™t hurt your brain, Winner, Winner! Chicken Dinner!
First things first; Thereâ€™s one thing that always get me about thereâ€™s fluffy romantic comedies â€“ just how unsuitable the leads are for one another. Cameron Diaz, with her Brigitte Nielsen-esque muscles and unmistakable laugh, and Ashton Kutcher, with his Frat Boy looks and personality, seem about as likely a couple as Tom Cruise and Brooke Shields. Not only is Diaz noticeably a couple of years older than Kutcher â€“ of course, in real life, the age thing doesnâ€™t worry the young actor at all; heâ€™s married to Demi Moore â€“ but sheâ€™s in a whole other league (One can only assume the writerâ€™s strike was looming at the time and this was the best offer on the table for the â€œGangs of New Yorkâ€ and â€œInvisible Circusâ€ actress). Thereâ€™s less Chemistry here than in the High School curriculum.
Still, if thatâ€™s the worst of it – the starsâ€™ lack of chemistry – than weâ€™ve gotten off rather well. Most no doubt expect something rather unfunny and juvenile from the cheesy-looking film, and though the film does at times act like a 5-year-old reciting bad jokes he/she heard from his/her father, proceedings are mostly fun and the storylineâ€™s more engaging than a synopsis would project.
Two people (Diaz and Kutcher) discover they’ve gotten married following a night of wantonness in Vegas, with one of them winning a jackpot after playing the other’s quarter. The pair tries to undercut each other and get their hands on the money… falling in love along the way.
Itâ€™s nothing memorable, nor is it side-splittingly hilarious, but â€œWhat Happens in Vegasâ€ is a passable leave-your-brain-at-the-door comedy that hits all the rom-com marks and will quite suffice those looking for a couple of hours break from the kids.
This single-disc release includes nothing to speak of, but there’s a 2-disc release that’s jam-packed with extras (including a digital copy of the film – the first for Australia, I believe?)