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on 24 October 2010
This is a film bouyed up by two great leads. Cameron Diaz and Ashton Kutcher are terrific as the uptight control freak dumped by her fiancee and the work-shy slacker fired by his own dad who decide to vent their frustrations by blowing off steam in Vegas. One fantastic night and an accidental marriage later, they decide to acrimoniously call it a day, but then one wins 3 million dollars with the other's quarter and they find themselves stuck with each other, the money frozen by a judge who decides to teach them a lesson. He gives them 6 months to try to make their marriage work or neither get a penny. And so the games begin.
While the couple's attempts to freak each other out are fairly funny and have some highlights, the film never goes to 'There's Something About Mary' slapstick territory, or 'Anchorman's astounding dialogue extremes, and as a result, the efforts come off as a bit cliched. Even Ashton's pee moment has been done better by Michael Douglas in marital strife comedy 'The War of the Roses'. As a result the film feels like it's mining a vein of gold that's been picked a bit thin, and even the central couple's relationship arc is predictable. But wierdly it's never as outrageously funny, nor as sweet, as it needs to be at either extreme. I was itching for the couple to actually show some real emotion or bear their hearts to each other in the 'heart to heart' sequences but it's all very restrained. As a result it comes off as two people who feels passionately enough to want to wreck each other's lives, but not enough to convincingly want to be with each other. For a romantic comedy, that's a pretty big iceberg heading towards us there captain. It's likeable enough and by the end it will have you smiling away, but it feels like a souffle. There seems to be a lot there, but there's nothing holding it up but air. This dish needed more sauce.
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