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Comedy - Adult

What Happens in Vegas (2008)

Duration1h 39m
RatingsUK: 12A, USA: PG-13, Switzerland: 10
Source of storyAn original screenplay, the title based on the saying “What Happens in Vegas Stays in Vegas”.
DirectorTom Vaughan
Writers/ScriptDana Fox
StarringCameron Diaz, Ashton Kutcher, Rob Corddry, Lake Bell, Jason Sudeikis, Treat Williams, Dennis Farina, Zach Galifianakis, Queen Latifah, 
RatingsIMDb: 6.1 by 166,130 people.  Rotten Tomatoes: 26% by 133 critics .

Elevator Pitch: Joy, an equity trader is dumped by her fiancée and Jack, a carpenter in a family business is sacked by his dad, so both end up with their best friends in a forget it all vacation in Las Vegas. The two are accidentally given adjoining rooms, and in correcting the error the hotel upgrades them and hands over a lot of tickets to Vegas events. With the tickets they go on a debauched night out and find, in the morning, that they have got married. While discussing divorce they jointly win $3,000,000 on a fruit machine and are forced by the judge to stay together for six months to get the money.

Content: There is a lot of implied sex but no nudity or “thrusting”, particularly on the Vegas night out. Thereafter there are a lot of scenes where the couple are counselled by a marriage guidance expert and they play tricks on each other. Typically Joy arranges for a lot of good looking women to visit Jack for a party he cunningly gets Joy’s former fiancée to think they can make up. Joy has meetings with her boss where she tries to get promoted. It goes on.

A View: This film made a lot of money despite the fact that the critics did not like it and it was yet another Vegas outing. I had a look at the trailer which is presented very well, showing the film as a charming comedy. But it is not charming and the outcome can be seen a hundred miles off. I thought there were holes in the plot and the ending unlikely. What can we say? It might be a watch if you are a fan of either of the stars, otherwise have it on while doing your knitting.

Additional Info: Apparently Diaz and Kutcher were drunk when they filmed the flashback of the wedding to make it more realistic.

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