What Happens in Vegas
Directed by Tom Vaughan
The city’s slogan becomes a movie.
What Happens in Vegas suffers from the same “desperation and forced cheer” as the city itself, said Kimberley Jones in The Austin Chronicle. Cameron Diaz and Ashton Kutcher want you to believe that they’re having a sinfully good time amid the “bright lights and ersatz glitz.” But this romantic comedy about two strangers who get drunk, get married, and get rich all in one weekend never lets you join in the fun. Director Tom Vaughan and screenwriter Dana Fox lack the courage to “take a gamble,” said Claudia Puig in USA Today. They’ve devised a story that feels “familiar at best, hackneyed at worst.” You can’t exactly blame them, said Carina Chocano in the Los Angeles Times, considering the whole genre is based on contrivance. Romantic comedy writers have to do more than just think up ways for couples to meet; they also have to create reasons to keep them “together long enough to realize they love each other.” Kutcher and Diaz are enjoyable enough companions for as long as they’re stuck together.
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