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What happens in romcoms
on 19 August 2009
This film which stars Cameron Diaz as Joy, a workaholic city trader who's desperate to marry her long term boyfriend but gets dumped instead. Ashton Kutcher plays Jack, a laid back lothario with very little drive who gets fired by his own father. Accompanied by their best friends Tipper and Mason, they decide to commiserate their respective bad luck in Vegas, a city which promises gambling, drinking and most of all, quick marriages so they tie the knot after a night of general debauchery. Waking up, they find they've made a huge mistake but then Jack hits the jackpot with Joy's quarter and ultimately sentenced to six months of `hard marriage' by a tough Judge, they decide to annoy one immensely in order to see who cracks first.
Diaz and Kutcher both have good onscreen chemistry and some of the set pieces are funny but I got the impression that I'd seen similar plots before. Some light relief is available from their best friends and characters such as their marriage guidance counsellor played by Queen Latifah. Otherwise it's watchable and if you like predictable endings, so much the better.