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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
    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
    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
    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. MikeH.
    Aug 25, 2009
    All critics are complaining about cliche... why does a person buy a dvd? to watch the same movie that they like over and over again! so what's wrong with making a movie of the genre that many people like, except with different actors, a different storyline and different jokes!? Obviously the critics would have known what this movie was going to be about, and if they don't like the genre, then why the hell watch the movie and then criticize it for being exactly as it should be. Critics are so stupid it's beyond words... all they're looking for is a movie that makes absolutely no sense, so they can say that it is really smart and appear as if they're the only ones who understand it, thinking this will make them seem like the clever ones Expand
  2. Tricia
    May 29, 2008
    I thought it was hilarious!!! I laughed through the entire movie, even cried a couple of times from laughing so hard... Best comedy I've seen in a long time! Expand
  3. Aug 14, 2010
    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
  4. Laura
    Jul 5, 2008
    The movie is just hilarious it's light hearted and entertains the audience. I definately recommend.
  5. JayH.
    Aug 21, 2008
    Very predictable, but I found it very entertaining and funny as well. I enjoyed the characters and the chemistry between Ashton Kutcher and Cameron Diaz. Good supporting cast. Light and enjoyable. Expand
  6. Nov 28, 2012
    A small dose of humor cannot redeem this movie from its ridiculous logline and even more ridiculous third act.
  7. ScottG
    May 14, 2008
    More sexualized unrealistic crap that let's our children and some adults think getting drunk out of control and acting like an idiot will turn out just fine. Expand

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