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  • Summary: For charismatic party guy Jack Fuller and buttoned-up commodities trader Joy McNally, a rowdy weekend coincidentally shared in Las Vegas should have, by all rights, ended up being little more than a random blur. That is, if these two vacationing New Yorkers didn't have a signed marriage license staring them in the face to shockingly remind them of the giant misstep they took while feeling no pain, Vegas style. Stacking the deck, not only did Jack and Joy tie the knot after tying one on, but later scored a mind-blowing 3 million bucks in a slot machine bonanza. Well, Jack won it, with Joy's quarter. At the machine she'd already been playing. Or was it the other way around? And whose loot is it, anyway? Therein lies the weird hand dealt this bickering duo, who take their predicament back to Manhattan only to be sentenced by the intractable Judge Whopper to "six months hard marriage." Despite the hapless protests of Jack's best friend and legal counsel Steve "Hater" Hader, Whopper refuses to grant Jack and Joy an annulment, freezes the prize booty, and forces the irresponsible couple to prove they have done everything humanly possible to make their impromptu marriage work. This includes cohabitation, weekly counseling sessions, and doing something the old-school Whopper believes Jack and Joy's "generation" hates to do: try. Otherwise, the judge guarantees, the 3 million bucks will stay caught up in a legal battle so long and expensive that no one but the lawyers will ever see a penny of it. Jack and Joy take the bait, only to find themselves locked in a hilarious, patience-testing, panty-twisting game of wild one-upmanship--may the best "pretend spouse" win. Can Jack and Joy survive their six months of "wedded bliss" without killing each other, and ultimately cash in for the big payoff? Or will the fiery sparks that ricochet between them actually ignite, turning a fake relationship into something real? In the end, What Happens in Vegas may prove the biggest surprise of all. (20th Century Fox) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 31
  2. Negative: 14 out of 31
  1. Reviewed by: Travis Nichols
    75
    A first- or second-date flick, after which there can be some Cheesecake Factory and maybe a peck on the cheek, no harm done. What Happens in Vegas is pleasant enough for all of that (and it sidesteps all that "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" raunch).
  2. Kutcher, who gives his most energized performance to date, and Diaz, darting between the caustic and shrill, look as if they're warming up to groovy hate sex, not love, which may be why the film goes flat the moment it turns friendly.
  3. Reviewed by: Julia Wallace
    60
    The stars, despite having only a fraction of the charm and talent of classic sparring-but-meant-for-each-other duos, know how to mug for the camera and well up on cue, and somehow that turns out to be enough to carry this trifle.
  4. Reviewed by: Ian Nathan
    40
    Bland enough to make millions as culture edges closer to oblivion.
  5. The screenplay by Dana Fox (she was one of the rewriters of "27 Dresses") devolves into a series of humiliating pranks that always give the upper narrative hand to the male lead. Talk about depressing. I mean, that's what male screenwriters are for--to unfairly stack the deck against the female leads.
  6. What Happens in Vegas is not only annoying, it's also incompetent – a bad mix.
  7. What Happens in Vegas... should have stayed in development -- forever. This ramshackle -- and occasionally repulsive -- farce doesn't even deliver on the minimal promise of its title; most of it takes place in Manhattan.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 33
  2. Negative: 6 out of 33
  1. Aug 14, 2010
    9
    I was surprised to see such bad reviews for this one, i liked it, i thought it was great. It was funny all the way through, and i think it deserved much better reviews than it got. Expand
  2. Feb 24, 2013
    9
    Before the Hangover, there was What Happens In Vegas. It didn't get the same cult following simply because it was billed as a romantic comedy, but it was almost as funny and has a cameo by Zach Galifinakis. The story is about a couple of friends getting drunk and hooking up in Vegas. After a drunken marriage, Diaz and Kutcher gamble, winning 3 million dollars. They go to court, being that they want and divorce and don't wanna split it, and the judge played by Dennis Miller puts the money in escrow, forcing the couple to live together for 6 months. That's when they find out how different they really are. This movie is hysterical, fun, and much better than the previews which by no means do it justice. If you like comedy and you enjoyed the Hangover, check it out! Expand
  3. Jan 6, 2014
    7
    Not a bad movie... despite it's cliches it's a nice and funny movie
    Despite some other users/critics criticised the movie for sexist and a
    bit vulgar jokes but it's not a movie for kids for Heck's sake.. Expand
  4. Jan 2, 2012
    6
    This movie was not entirely boring but it was pointless. I was looking for something to not have to think too much about while watching, and this is one of those movies for sure. It didn't really have much funny moments but I did like the messages of the movie about love, money, and happiness. Expand
  5. Nov 28, 2012
    4
    A small dose of humor cannot redeem this movie from its ridiculous logline and even more ridiculous third act.
  6. Jul 16, 2012
    3
    This movie is so stupid in almost every way. Cameron Diaz and Ashton Kutcher have pretty bad character development due to what immature idiots they play. They don't make a very good couple either. The gags, the jokes, and the dialogue is stupidly sexist and vulgar. Expand

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