What Happens in Vegas…Movie Review

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On the way to the theatre, I said to my girl friend, “You know one reason why I want to see What Happens in Vegas…I want to see if Cameron Diaz still has IT.”

I remember the first time I saw her…it was in the movie The Mask.  When she appeared onscreen, I was mesmerized.  How could someone have such amazing blue eyes and a smile that inviting?  I was taken aback not only by her beauty but her charisma and playfulness, which was later on full exhibit in There’s Something About Mary.

But after those two movies, I don’t recall having that same feeling again.  Let’s see…there was Charlie’s Angels-didn’t see it, Gangs of New York-not wild about it, that one with Julia Roberts, My Best Friend’s Wedding-liked it, …but after all of these, I never had that initial reaction.  So, I wanted to see if she still had the IT factor after all these years.

And, then of course, she was in Being John Malkovich, a very unique interesting movie which featured Cameron Diaz.  This movie could have been subtitled:  How to Make Cameron Diaz unattractive.  I scarcely recognized her in the movie but I like that she didn’t object to being uglified for the role-this makes her more attractive.

And then there’s Ashton Kutcher.  Would they work together onscreen?  Cameron’s not quite of his age interest.  He would probably prefer Cameron ten years from now.

Ok, that’s mean, I know….it just slipped out.  Props and apologies to Demi Moore-you look great!

And my apologies to you Ashton.  I think you’re hilarious.  Punk’d-right on.  That 70’s show-good stuff! 

Ashton Kutcher is funny, but can he act?  Well, I only have 2 movies to judge him on.  The first?  The Butterfly Effect.  I loved this movie and, since it’s difficult to love a movie in which the lead actor sucks, he gets a nod for his acting.  The second?  A Lot Like a Love.  I enjoyed this movie very much and it’s a chick flick! But when the chick is Amanda Peet, how can you go wrong? 

To me, bad acting is when you can tell the actor is trying to act like the character instead of being the character, like Jonathan Rhys Meyers in Match Point (more on that in my review of August Rush).  Often, in these bad-actor scenarios, the actors movements and speech are very deliberate and unnatural. 

In his movies, Ashton Kutcher’s movements and speech are deliberate, but not contrived.  They always seem to work with the character.  What Happens in Vegas… is no different.  The character he plays, Jack Fuller, is confident and cocky, but always with an undercurrent of humility, much like Ashton himself.

Chemistry between the lead couple makes or breaks a movie.  As I wrote in my review of I Could Never Be Your Woman, there was no chemistry between Michelle Pfeifer and Paul Rudd, two actors who I really like.  This sank the movie…so much so that it went straight to video.

Ashton Kutcher and Cameron Diaz? 

Does it work?  Is there chemistry? 

Are you serious?  How could there not be? 

If you question this, follow the steps below:

  1. Go look in the mirror.  Do you see how you look compared to them?  Exactly.  They’re both way hotter than you.
  2. Now, stay in front of that mirror and tell a joke.  When you delivered it, did it sound funny at all?  Probably not, go to step 3.
  3. Think of There’s Something About Mary.  Think of the scene where Cameron Diaz has the “goo” in her hair.  Cameron knows funny.  Does Ashton?  Go to step 4: 
  4. Watch a few episodes of Punkd and you’re bound to see some good humor.  One senses that he just created this show because he always punk’d his friends in private anyway.  If you do not laugh at any of the Punk’d scenarios, then the jokes on you-you have no sense of humor or playfulness in your life.  Go here for some good company.

Why have I focused this review of  What Happens in Vegas… on the chemistry between Cameron Diaz and Ashton Kutcher?

Because the movie depends on it.

What happens in Vegas…?

How much more unoriginal could a title be?  It is stolen from a Las Vegas advertising campaign for God’s sakes. 

Can you guess what happens?  Of course.  I don’t even need to review the plot.  Oh, ok, I will:  Drunken weekend in Vegas, accidentally wedding (think Britney), lucky million dollar hit on the slots (remember they’re married now), discord and disgust followed by a discovery of genuine love.  Beautiful!

If you are looking to be inspired by an original, insightful script, this is not your type of movie.  If you prefer seeing movies likely to win Oscars, you’ll unlikely like this. 

But if you like to have fun at the movies, you’ll have fun with What Happens in Vegas…

Stars: 7 out of 10

 

Other Notes and Links:

  • I gave What Happens in Vegas… 7 stars because I had a lot of fun.  My girl friend would have probably have given it 3-she thought the happy ending was totally cheesy.  I liked it, but I’m cheesy sentimental like that.  Role Reversal?
  • I’m looking forward to seeing the evolution of Cameron and Ashton as actors.  They cannot be young, hot, and funny forever.  Personal opinion?  They will both have stellar careers in important films proving that beautiful and funny does not preclude depth and determination.
  • Peter Travers of Rolling Stone did not like this movie, but his friends did!
  • In her review for the New York Times, MANOHLA DARGIS basically hated What Happens in Vegas….  Would it be possible to write a positive review of this movie if you worked for the New York Times?  I don’t think so.  You’re New York high-brow friends and readers would never have you over to their wine and cheese parties.  Plus, the New York Times would fire you.  So, Manohla (origin?), you’re forgiven.  I know you really liked it…you just wanted to keep your job.
  • Likewise, Scott Weinberg of Cinematical also hated it.  People, this movie was not made to win an Oscar!
  • Ah-hah, you see, it is the “academics”.  They are not allowed to like it because they’re intellectualism would be questioned.  I just found someone’s blog (e.g. someone not beholden to anybody), and she loved it.  Read Jacqui’s review of What Happens in Vegas.  Finally, someone who speaks the truth!  She concludes:  “”I absolutely loved it! I truly did!!”

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  1. Jacqui

    I’m honestly honored to be featured in that tiny bit on your blog hehe :) I really did like it, it was easy to watch not too confusing, absolutely fun to unwind too, and basically who would not love seeing what they did to each other?! Just to split 3 million dollars, I would’ve done even more!

    This will go down as my ultimate favorite comedy movie! I just wish for more movies like this. I need something to make me forget the pain of working long days!

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