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?)
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Against the Current - the band, not adventures in dangerous swimming 101
Zedd - If our love is tragedy, why are you my remedy? (Well, answer my question!)
Arrow (Okay, Felicity from Arrow!)
Chrissy Costanza (cat eyes and buttery lyrics!)
Girls (TV) (Okay, Allison Williams!)
Movies - especially when they play in the dark.
Twin Peaks (TV)
Friends (TV) (It had me at "No way are you cool enough to pull Clint"; damn straight, Chandler!)
Traveling - preferably where water is, so I can splash someone!
Star Wars trilogy - no, the other one, fella!
Alex G - far more talented than her younger brother Alex H
Cameron Crowe movies - Say Anything..., Jerry Maguire, Almost Famous
The sign 'Free Wi-Fi'.
Reenacting dance/song scenes from "Grease" with my little girl (hey! Wait till you see my 'Summer Lovin'! - don't judge)
Die Hard - 40 stories of Sheer Adventure!
Alex Goot & Friends (his enemies aren't half as talented!)
Cooking up a nice dish and sitting in the entertainment area, on a cool night, basking in it's greatness.
Inflatable kids pools full of Vodka Lime Crush.
Acidic Email from angry, over passionate teenagers after I trash something "Twilight"-related on the site. Sparkle elsewhere.
My baby girl's big, caring heart.