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"Intolerable Cruelty" and "Knocked Up".
Mention the name Vegas and one immediately thinks of Sin City; bright-lit casinos lined up in a pretty row, lots of gambling and debauchery. But don't be fooled by the title for "What Happens In Vegas" offers gambling of a different kind - the emotional kind.
Jack (Ashton Kutcher) and Joy (Cameron Diaz) spend a rowdy weekend in Vegas and end up getting more than just a hangover. As the popular expression goes, "What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas." But throw in a surprise marriage and three million dollars and what happens in Vegas will follow you all the way home! What ensues is a little bit of sabotage, a little bit of deception and some love sandwiched in between.
While it might not be the most original of movies, "What Happens In Vegas" does offer a nice cocktail of laughter and love. Since this is a rom-com, it's already a successful blend. Throw in the sarcasm and witty one-liners and you have a movie that caters to any sort of audience, even the cynics and the less than "Enchanted" ones out there.
Cameron Diaz and Ashton Kutcher fell into their stereotypical roles and gave a performance that they could have probably done in their sleep. It would be great to see them get out of their comfort zone but in all honesty, this is what they are good at. It's not good to typecast but why spoil a good thing?
It's pretty easy to tell where the film is going from start to end but predictability aside, it's fun to watch Diaz and Kutcher battle it out on the home front. What pulls the entire film together and kept it interesting was the script. Every character contributed to the dialogue and each had a specific and quirky role to play. Director Tom Vaughan managed to maintain the tempo throughout and the end product is an upbeat and mainstream romantic comedy that is fun and isn't pretentious.
Aside from "Definitely, Maybe", the year 2008 has been a tad depressing for the rom-com genre so far. But with the release of "What Happens In Vegas", audiences will be pleasantly surprised and entertained. It has all the ingredients for a successful film; a good cast, a great script and a director to make it work.Cinema Online, 23 September 2008