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WHAT HAPPENS IN VEGAS

Two strangers awaken together to discover that they have gotten married following a night of debauchery in Vegas. . . and that one of them has won a huge jackpot after playing the other`s quarter. The newlyweds devise ever-escalating schemes to undermine each other and get their hands on the money - only to find themselves falling in love amidst the mutual backstabbing.

Language: English
Subtitle: NA
Classification: PG
Release Date: 8 May 2008
Genre: Comedy / Romance
Running Time: 1 Hour 38 Minutes
Distributor: 20TH CENTURY FOX
Cast: Jason Sudeikis
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Writer: Sophia Ling

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Watch this if you liked: "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
   
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Effective 15 July 2011
G - Suitable for all ages
PG - Suitable for all ages, but parents should provide guidance to their young
PG13 - Suitable for persons aged 13 and above, but parental guidance is advised for children below 13
NC16 - Suitable for persons aged 16 years and above
M18 - Suitable for persons aged 18 years and above
R21 - Restricted to persons aged 21 and above only
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