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A man and a woman are compelled, for legal reasons, to live life as a couple for a limited period of time. At stake is a large amount of money. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

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Cameron Diaz ... Joy McNally

Ashton Kutcher ... Jack Fuller

Rob Corddry ... Hater

Lake Bell ... Tipper

Jason Sudeikis ... Mason

Treat Williams ... Jack Fuller Sr.

Deirdre O'Connell ... Mrs. Fuller

Michelle Krusiec ... Chong

Dennis Farina ... Banger

Zach Galifianakis ... Dave the Bear

Queen Latifah ... Dr. Twitchell

Krysten Ritter ... Kelly

Ricky Garcia ... Fuller Closets Worker

Andrew Daly ... Curtis

Benita Robledo ... Maid

Dennis Miller ... Judge Whopper

Amanda Setton ... Hot Woman
Toni Busker ... Hot Woman #2

Jessica Mckee ... Cute Girl (as Jessica McKee)
Ricardo Walker ... Male Cop / Stripper
Valerie Orlik ... Female Cop / Stripper

Ben Best ... Cab Driver
Clem Cheung ... Fruit Guy

Eric Zuckerman ... Tour Guide
Caroline Willman ... Sammy
Thomas McGoldrick ... Uncle Pat (as Tommy McGoldrick)

Billy Eichner ... Band Leader
Heather Kristin ... Band Singer

Maddie Corman ... Joy's Lawyer
Jerry V. Lindsay ... Wedding Chapel Priest
Samantha Ridge ... Tourist
Richard M. Schaeffer ... NYMEX Trader #1
Michael P. Molnar ... NYMEX Trader #2
John Eisenberg ... NYMEX Trader #3
Ciaran T. O'Kelly ... NYMEX Trader #4
Jennifer Trier ... Aunt Fuller

Michael Harkins ... Team Leader
Patrick Knighton ... Team Leader #2

Adam Zuniga ... Mr. Chong / Brainiac
Aaron Nauta ... Hater's Friend #1
Christopher Negrin ... Hater's Friend #2
Brittany Dawn Beall ... Party Girl #2

Ariel Shafir ... Party Guy #2
Sheena Alonzo ... Amanda Diamond
Bradley Morone ... Club Manager
Bob Golden ... Jazz Trio Member
Ron Carter ... Jazz Trio Member
Evan Palazzo ... Jazz Trio Member
Jason Keith Davis ... Ball Room Band Member (as Jason K. Davis)
Ulysses Owens Jr. ... Ball Room Band Member
Michael Radoja ... Ball Room Band Member (as Michael Rodoja)

Jules Hartley ... Ball Room Band Member
Maya Jenkins ... Ball Room Band Member
Dave Gibson ... Ball Room Band Member

Brian M. Wixson ... Ball Room Band Member (as Brian Wixson)
Justin Flynn ... Ball Room Band Member
Josh Tane ... Ball Room Band Member
Russ Spiegel ... Ball Room Band Member
Martinez Little ... Ball Room Band Member
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dennis Albanese ... Jack's Friend (uncredited)

Mauro Bossi ... Casino patron (uncredited)
Harry Corrigan ... Skateboarder (uncredited)

Cheryl Cosenza ... Joy's Friend (uncredited)

Maria Di Angelis ... Joy's Friend (uncredited)

Stephanie Domini Ehlert ... Party girl (uncredited)

Lanette Fugit ... Bachelor Girl (uncredited)

Cassidy Gard ... Joy's Friend (uncredited)

Ronald E. Giles ... Dancing Executive (uncredited)

Brandon Goins ... Wall St. Party Guy (uncredited)
Adam Goodnoff-Cernese ... Hummer Limo Driver (uncredited)

Meagan Gordon ... Joy's Friend (uncredited)

Darryl Reuben Hall ... Fuller's Furniture Maker (uncredited)

Ty Izquierdo ... Concierge (uncredited)

Anna Kendrick ... Cocktail Waitress (uncredited)

RJ Konner ... Lawyer (uncredited)

Kutcha ... DJ #1 (uncredited)

Beth Laufer ... Becky (uncredited)

Hector Lincoln ... The DJ (uncredited)
Rosalind Lipsett ... Model at party (uncredited)
Joe Mancini ... Carpenter (uncredited)

Matthew Martini ... Jack's Friend (uncredited)
Anthony Mingilino ... Blackjack Dealer (uncredited)
Rana Morrison ... Jill (uncredited)

Charles Pendelton ... Tourist (uncredited)
Bob Pepper ... Happy Gambler (uncredited)

Bruce Perkins ... Tourist (uncredited)

Sarah Poynter ... (voice) (uncredited)
Mark Santomauro ... Bike Polo Player (uncredited)

Delia Sheppard ... VIP Host (uncredited)

Nicole Michele Sobchack ... Kissed Bride (uncredited)

Tom Stratford ... Baseball Coach (uncredited)

Thomas Torrey ... NYMEX Trader (uncredited)

Ralph A. Wilburn Jr. ... Hot Dog Vendor (uncredited)
Lynn Witty ... Friend at the Bar (uncredited)

Jon Yvon ... Mercantile Exchange Trader (uncredited)
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Directed by
Tom Vaughan 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Dana Fox (written by)

Produced by
Michael Aguilar .... producer
Joseph M. Caracciolo Jr. .... executive producer (as Joe Caracciolo Jr.)
Dean Georgaris .... executive producer
Shawn Levy .... producer
Arnon Milchan .... executive producer
Jimmy Miller .... producer
 
Original Music by
Christophe Beck 
 
Cinematography by
Matthew F. Leonetti (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Matt Friedman (edited by) (as Matthew Friedman)
 
Casting by
Avy Kaufman 
Barbara McNamara 
 
Production Design by
Stuart Wurtzel 
 
Art Direction by
W. Steven Graham 
 
Set Decoration by
Susan Bode 
Jennifer Alex Nickason  (as Jennifer H. Alex)
 
Costume Design by
Renee Ehrlich Kalfus  (as Reneé Ehrlich Kalfus)
 
Makeup Department
Kelly Belmont .... additional makeup artist: Las Vegas (as Kelly Belmonte)
Robert Chiu .... assistant hair stylist
D. Amelia Cline .... additional hair stylist: Las Vegas
Angel De Angelis .... hair stylist: Mr. Kutcher
Angel De Angelis .... key hair stylist
Katherine Distefano .... additional hair stylist: Las Vegas
Robin Fredriksz .... makeup artist: Ms. Diaz
Persefone Karakosta .... makeup artist
Sheri Kornhaber .... makeup artist
Tracey Levy .... makeup artist: Mr. Kutcher
Song Lopez .... additional makeup artist: Las Vegas
Krystle Randall .... additional makeup artist: Las Vegas
Tania Ribalow .... key makeup artist
Mary Rockwood-Crabtree .... additional makeup artist: Las Vegas
Cassandra Saulter .... makeup artist
Melissa Scoville .... additional hair stylist: Las Vegas
Susan Simone .... additional makeup artist: Las Vegas
Mary Anne Spano .... makeup artist
Lona Vigi .... hair stylist: Ms. Diaz
 
Production Management
John A. Machione .... unit production manager
Judy Richter .... production supervisor
Steve Barnett .... post-production supervisor (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Joseph Aspromonti .... additional second assistant director
Rosie Heeter .... location assistant director (credit only)
Joshua Lucido .... dga trainee
Eddie Micallef .... second assistant director
Justin Ritson .... second second assistant director
Glen Trotiner .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Michael Acevedo .... carpenter
Jason 'Jay' Brown .... second set dresser (as Jason Brown)
Gary Cergol .... graphic artist
Brandon Cook .... props
Jennifer De Fouchier .... art department production assistant
Cosmas A. Demetriou .... assistant art director
Ruth DiPasquale .... property master
Timothy Feimster .... set dresser
Steven Glazman .... storyboard artist
Apache Gonzalez .... set dresser
Adam Goodnoff-Cernese .... on-set dresser
Bruce Lee Gross .... leadman
Edward A. Ioffreda .... graphic artist
Connor Jones .... art department production assistant
John Kasarda .... assistant art director
Nora Kasarda .... art department coordinator
Marion Kolsby .... assistant art director
Anthony O.H. Navarro .... set dresser
Jennifer Alex Nickason .... assistant set decorator
Eric Pastore .... set dresser
Joseph S. Patire .... construction coordinator
Jennifer Santucci .... set dresser
Grant Shaffer .... storyboard artist
Karl Shefelman .... storyboard artist
James Smagge .... art department production assistant: Las Vegas
Michelle Stella .... clearances: Las Vegas
James Whelan .... set dresser
Sophia Vasilakis .... scenic shop manager (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Ron Bedrosian .... adr mixer
Derek Casari .... adr engineer
Smokey Cloud .... assistant sound editor
Simon Coke .... sound editor
Gloria D'Alessandro .... adr editor
Dawn Fintor .... foley artist
David Giammarco .... sound re-recording mixer
Tim Gomillion .... sound recordist
Galen Goodpaster .... first assistant sound editor
David Grimaldi .... sound effects editor
Gregg Harris .... boom operator
Allen Hartz .... dialogue supervisor
Larry Hopkins .... layback sound mixer
Mildred Iatrou .... supervising adr editor (as Mildred Iatrou Morgan)
Nancy MacLeod .... sound editor
Paul Massey .... sound re-recording mixer
Chuck Michael .... sound effects editor
John Morris .... supervising sound editor
Christopher Newman .... sound mixer
Beauxregard Neylon .... adr mixer
Willard Overstreet .... foley editor
Egor Panchenko .... audio playback operator
Erin Michael Rettig .... sound engineering
Charleen Richards .... adr mixer (as Charleen Steeves)
William Stein .... re-recording engineer
Alicia Stevenson .... foley artist
Paul Tirone .... adr recordist
Greg Zimmerman .... adr recordist
John Soukup .... sound transfer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
John Stifanich .... special effects coordinator
 
Visual Effects by
Justin Ball .... senior systems engineer: Brainstorm Digital
Kyle Boylen .... digital compositor
David Carriker .... visual effects supervisor: Modern Videofilm
Michael Carter .... flame artist
Patrick Clancey .... digital opticals
Matthew Conner .... digital artist
Michael Dillon .... digital intermediate assistant producer
Aleksandar Djordjevic .... digital compositor
Richard Friedlander .... visual effects producer: Brainstorm Digital
Noel Hooper .... digital compositor
Mark Intravartolo .... Inferno artist
Ashraf Kotaal .... digital compositor
Haydn Masuda .... digital artist
Scott Minter .... digital compositor
Eroc Moralls .... visual effects artist
Stewart Pomeroy .... digital effects artist
Eric J. Robertson .... visual effects supervisor: Brainstorm digital
Michael Ross-Lang .... digital compositor
Christian Severin .... visual effects
Christa Tazzeo .... visual effects producer: Invisible Pictures
Bryan Wengroff .... visual effects coordinator: Brainstorm Digital
Chris 'Pinkus' Wesselman .... digital compositor: Brainstorm Digital
Jun Zhang .... digital compositor
Thomas Mathai .... data manager (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Jennifer Badger .... stunt double: Lake Bell
Kevin Patrick Burke .... stunt double
John Cenatiempo .... stunts
Blaise Corrigan .... stunt coordinator
Harry Corrigan .... stunts
William Cote .... stunts
Geoffrey Dowell .... stunts
Drew Leary .... stunts
Samantha MacIvor .... stunts
Ian Mclaughlin .... lead stunt double: Ashton Kutcher
Ian Mclaughlin .... stunt double
Kimberly Shannon Murphy .... stunt double: Cameron Diaz
Victor Paguia .... stunts
Kimmy Suzuki .... stunt double
Anthony Vincent .... stunt double: Ashton Kutcher
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Olga Abramson .... additional assistant camera
Danny Ault .... electrician
Danny Ault .... rigging electrician
K.C. Bailey .... still photographer
Nico Bally .... crane technician
James Boniece .... key rigging grip
Paul Candrilli .... best boy grip
Andrew Casey .... Steadicam operator
Andrew Casey .... camera operator: "a" camera
Andrew Cavagnet .... additional video assist
Andrew Cheung .... grip
Tom Cioccio .... second assistant camera
Andy Day .... gaffer
Doug Foote .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Jamie Gallagher .... daily generator operator
Charley Gilleran .... rigging key grip
Quinn Grove .... best boy grip
Charlie Grubbs .... rigging gaffer
Anthony Gudino .... set lighting technician
James Heerdegen .... grip
Neil Holcomb .... rigging electrician
Jeb Johenning .... video playback operator
David Knox .... director of photography: second unit
Dan Kubicek .... electrician
Hunter Langley .... grip
Michael A. Leo .... best boy rigging electric
Mitchell Andrew Lillian .... key grip
Chris Lombardozzi .... dimmer board operator
Kevin Lowry .... b dolly grip
William MacGhee .... electrician
Rick Marroquin .... dolly grip
Lance Mayer .... libra head technician
Niles McElroy .... rigging electric
Michael A. McFadden .... best boy rigging grip
Toby Miller .... additional electrician
Steve Parrington .... video assist operator
Jesse Pelikan .... rigging grip
Douglas Pellegrino .... b camera operator
Antonio Ponti .... first assistant camera: second unit
Ian Pratt .... additional grip
Norbert F. Quiban .... rigging electrician
Guillaume Renberg .... remote camera operator
Eric P. Robinson .... assistant camera
Darren Ryan .... key video assist
Michael J. Schwartz .... best boy
Steven Search .... first assistant camera
Mike Silverberg .... electrician
John Woods .... stage rigging gaffer
 
Casting Department
Lois J. Drabkin .... casting associate
Johnny Gidcomb .... group adr casting
Jorina King .... extras casting
Mari Klasna .... extras casting assistant
Leeba Zakharov .... casting associate
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Meghan Corea .... costume assistant
Zoe Friedman .... additional wardrobe assistant
Yulia Gershenzon .... costumer: Ms. Diaz
Rhonney Greene .... set costumer
Lee Harris .... costumer: Ms. Diaz, Las Vegas
Cheryl Kilbourne-Kimpton .... wardrobe supervisor
Monique Long .... assistant to costume designer
Vern Malone .... set costumer
Carmia Marshall .... costumer
Winsome G. McKoy .... costumer: Mr. Kutcher (as Winsome McKoy)
Kathy Oberlin .... costume supervisor
Brianna Patterson .... costume coordinator
Elizabeth Shelton .... assistant costume designer
Paul Sinnott .... wardrobe assistant
Lisa Thoreson .... additional wardrobe assistant
Adam Watt .... costume assistant
Rose Wells .... key costumer
Jeffrey Wirsing .... costume ager/dyer
 
Editorial Department
Gordon Antell .... first assistant editor
Gary Burritt .... negative cutter
Rick Derby .... first assistant editor
Angela Gerardo .... post-production coordinator
Harry Muller .... color timer
Amy Pawlowski .... digital intermediate editor
Richie Roefaro .... colorist assistant
Andrew Thompson .... assistant editor
Ken Van Deest .... digital preview colorist
Adam M. Weber .... editorial production assistant
Robert Wedge .... post-production assistant (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Deva Anderson .... music supervisor
Phillip Blackford .... score mix technician
Bruckner Orchester Linz .... orchestra
Sandy DeCrescent .... orchestra contractor
Dan DiPrima .... music editor
George Doering .... musician
Jason Gleed .... composer: additional music
M.B. Gordy .... musician: Percussion
Mark Graham .... music preparation
Endre Granat .... musician: violin solos
Kevin Kliesch .... orchestrator
Mike Knobloch .... music executive
Jake Monaco .... additional orchestrator
Jake Monaco .... score coordinator
Mike Nowak .... conductor
Adam Olenius .... composer: additional music
Victor Pesavento .... music preparation
Delphine Robertson .... music coordinator
Peter Rotter .... music contractor
Michael T. Ryan .... temp music editor (as Michael Ryan)
Steven L. Smith .... music preparation
Casey Stone .... music scoring mixer
Casey Stone .... score recordist
James Thatcher .... musician: french horn
Joseph Trapanese .... additional orchestrator
Terry Wilson .... music editor
 
Transportation Department
Lyle Christensen .... shotmaker driver
TyRee Dingle .... driver
Robert Foster Jr. .... driver: honeywagon
Thomas McGoldrick .... transportation co-captain
Edward O'Donnell .... transportation coordinator
Richard P. Pecora .... driver
Roger Wooge .... driver
Brita McCollough .... driver: fifth wheel: Vegas unit (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Peter Anders .... caterer
Michael Anthony .... location manager
Monica Barraza .... assistant production coordinator
Kathleen Beall .... location scout
Patrick Bevilacqua .... production assistant: first team
Chris Brenner .... office production assistant: prep
Jane Bulmer .... assistant: Mr. Milchan
Catherine Burt .... assistant: Ms. Diaz
Christy Busby .... set production assistant
Myo Campbell .... production assistant
Caity Chapman .... production assistant
Robin Citrin .... location manager
Nicola Coetzer .... set production assistant
Wendy Cohen .... product placement/clearances
Amy Cohn .... unit publicist
Pierre M. Coleman .... production secretary: Las Vegas
Luke Crawford .... production assistant
Grant Cross .... additional set production assistant: Las Vegas
Maureen 'Mo' Crutchfield .... production accountant
Connor Driscoll .... production assistant
Tim Elliott .... assistant: Mr. Vaughan
Barrett Farmer .... production assistant
Rebecca Feldman .... first assistant accountant
Jason Fesel .... set production assistant
Adrienne Florence .... assistant: Michael Aguilar
Ellen Gannon .... production coordinator: Las Vegas
Jennifer Gaston-Gates .... second assistant accountant
Jorge Gomez .... production assistant
Trish Gray .... location scout
Amanda Greenblatt .... assistant: Mr. Caracciolo
Cara Mia Harris .... accounting department
Mazen Hassan .... assistant: Mr. Levy
Marie Healy .... key assistant location manager- Las Vegas
Omar Hernandez .... production assistant
Matthew Hertzberg .... location assistant
David Hickey .... payroll accountant
Jonathan Hoeg .... additional production assistant
Natalie Jones .... set production assistant
Kaelan Kelly-Sordelet .... assistant: Mr. Vaughan
Nelson Khoury .... assistant location manager
Jennifer Klatt .... first assistant accountant- Las Vegas
Stephen Krill .... office production assistant
Eric LaFranchi .... production assistant
Lindsey Lefkow .... production secretary
James Lemus .... craft service
Phillip Leung .... production assistant
Rebecca Lindsey .... additional set production assistant
Gilana Lobel .... assistant: Mr. Aguilar
Robert Lopez .... key production assistant
Anthony Lote .... production assistant
Jesse Lutz .... assistant: Ms. Diaz (as Jessie Lutz)
Lindsey Magee .... location coordinator
Patty Majorczak-Connolly .... voice artist
Todd A. Marks .... computer/video playback supervisor
Tania Mills .... set production assistant: Las Vegas
Bryan Mitchell .... production assistant
Gustavo Moya .... production assistant
Karyn Murphy .... assistant: Mr. Kutcher
Zsuzsa Mysak .... production intern
Neal Naito .... assistant coordinator
Hyo Park .... location scout
Bara Pavlickova .... location assistant
Kenneth Pelletier .... title designer: main title sequence
Camilla Plummer .... payroll accountant
Henry Previl .... chef
Peter Sabat .... production coordinator
Georg Schmithüsen .... assistant location manager
Viviana Serratos .... assistant: Mr. Vaughan
Joshua Shull .... assistant location manager
Nate Shull .... location assistant
Susan Silas .... location scout
Bryan Smiley .... assistant: Mr. Milchan
Greg Staley .... set production assistant
Mark Sussman .... additional voice
Trevor Tavares .... set production assistant: Las Vegas
Bernadette Valer .... production assistant
Brenda Yoo .... second assistant accountant
Christina Hwang .... title producer (uncredited)
Jeremy Weinstein .... temp title designer (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Lori Johnson .... thanks
 

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Rated PG-13 for some sexual and crude content, and language,including a drug reference
Runtime:
99 min | 101 min (extended edition)
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Argentina:Atp | Australia:M | Australia:PG (TV rating) | Brazil:12 | Canada:PG (Alberta/British Columbia/Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:G (Québec) | Denmark:7 | Finland:K-11 | France:U | Germany:6 | Hong Kong:IIA | Ireland:15A | Malaysia:U | Netherlands:6 | New Zealand:M | Norway:7 | Philippines:PG-13 (MTRCB) | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:PG | Singapore:NC-16 (DVD rating) | South Africa:10M | South Korea:15 | Spain:T | Sweden:Btl | Switzerland:10 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:10 (canton of Vaud) | Taiwan:PG-12 | UK:12A | USA:PG-13 (certificate #44208)

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According to Rob Corddry, Ashton Kutcher slapped him in the face during his audition even though it was not scripted.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When they are playing the slot machine talking, it actually would have paid a small amount with the jackpot symbol-jackpot symbol-seven before they actually put the borrowed quarter in and hit the jackpot.See more »
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Dave the Bear:Do you even know how to drive an automatic?See more »
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28 out of 46 people found the following review useful.
You have to care and not care, 30 May 2008
Author: Chris Knipp from Berkeley, California

A lazy young man who's just been fired by his own father and an uptight financial sector striver just dumped by her boyfriend go to Las Vegas with pals to forget and, meeting, get married in a night of drunken carousing and diminished rationality. Then he wins $3 million on a slot machine with her quarter and they wind up in court fighting over an annulment and the right to the three million. The judge dislikes them both equally and sentences them to remain married and cohabit for six months and prove they're working to get along. A series of domestic plots and battles follows as each tries to outsmart the other to win in court and get all the money. They end up liking each other.

I know the reviewers are right to trash this movie, but they're missing something essential that would raise the audience rating a good many points above the critics' if they fail to note one thing that is the main reason why most of us go to see it. 'What Happens in Vegas' has not only the trappings of a big, expensive Hollywood comedy, the bright colors and nice sets, but two big glamorous stars, and they are not humiliated by being here, because they do look very good, and mismatch or not, look good together too.

Yes, the script is lousy. The setups and jokes are lame and clichéd and sometimes crass, tasteless, and adolescent. The arc is predictable. The progression isn't particularly interesting or even logical. The individual scenes consequently aren't ever pitched to be very funny and the dialog never surprises you either. But that very lack of high pitched comedy can be a plus if you find Cameron amazing and cool and Ashton gorgeous and appealing. The absence of a high laugh level such as the Apatow comedies occasionally achieve means they get to act more like people; they can register ordinary expressions instead of mere comic mugging and you get to look at them, which is one good and durable reason for watching this movie. And both are aging well. Ashton is big and handsome. The pretty-boy quality is fading into something more like an old time Hollywood leading man look. Cameron is sexy and elegant and looks great in a tight gown. Ashton has learned something since the staccato limitations of "That Seventies Show." He actually registers six or seven different, and recognizably human, expressions now. He's added sarcasm and meanness. He may be a people-pleaser forever, but he doesn't try as hard as he used to, nor does the good old boy personality hide a certain level of intelligence, just as the "Punk'd" bad-ass persona has never hidden an essential kindness. The one plot element that works is that he's the one of the pair who's got the emotional smarts; it is harder to believe Cameron's character is as cut off from feeling as she's supposed to be. But not too hard, because there's a hardness about her.

Yes, it is disappointing that most of the Vegas night is done in a rapid-fire montage that's more like an acid trip than an evening of heavy drinking; that nothing sexier happens; that the wedding is reduced to a final (not very successful) outtake sequence. The ending is slushy sentimental; but it is sweet. The critics' revulsion remains incomprehensible to me because 'What Happens in Vegas' leaves a good taste, if not a very strong one. I was a little bothered by the young Asian woman (a misused Michelle Krusiec) being made so stereotypically the unappealing suffering striver: that's more mean than funny. Queen Latifah is mellow as always but wasted as the marriage counselor. Director Tom Vaughan deserves little credit, but it is writer Dana Fox who is most to blame for the mediocrity of the result. Kutcher and Diaz and the others do a very good job. When you think about it, how much is the "originality" of other recent Hollywood comedies really worth? Where's the trail-blazing in '40 Year Old Virgin,' 'Super Bad,' or even the wishful-thinking 'Juno'? But no mistake about it, this movie is for fans of good-looking people in glossy movies, not smart comedy or edge. Compare this to Ashton in 'Just Married' and you'll see this role is better. For sheer mindless fun he peaked in 'Dude, Where's My Car?' Of course Cameron has a far stronger comedy--and general movie--résumé, so again Ashton's playing opposite her is not a step back but a step forward. But an attempt to analyze the plot seems futile. Its failings are too obvious to bother listing.

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