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PLOT SUMMARY: Guy wakes up in Vegas married to Camera Diaz. That would be a pretty happy ending right there, but then he blows it by winning $3M on a slot machine. Good luck getting that marriage annulled NOW!

UNCOMFORTABLE PLOT SUMMARY (inspired by this): [highlight for spoilers] Drunken legal contracts are unenforceable, except when a woman wants your money. OH!

PEOPLE: Ashton Kutcher & Cameron Diaz. Rob Corddry (Harold & Kumar 2, Blades Of Glory, Old School), Lake Bell, Jason Sudeikis (The Cleveland Show).
Smaller roles by Zach Galifianakis, who finds himself in a marriage-related Vegas haze just like in The Hangover .  Also: Queen Latifah.

QUIRKS: Las Vegas, intoxication, legal battles, awkwardness, purposeful annoyance, seeing who can piss off the other the most.

VISUALS: Cameron Diaz ;)

MORALS: Maybe it shouldn’t be legal to marry people when you’re drunk?

BAD STUFF: There was a moment where Cameron Diaz’s lip quivered a bit as she saw Ashton Kutcher deal with children for the first time. “This is the exact frame where the comedy stops!”, declared Carolyn. She later said she was impressed that it didn’t completely stop at that point. However, there definitely was a point where the comedy stopped, and the romance angle took over. This is pretty inevitable in formulaic romantic comedies.

CONCLUSION: Another formulaic romantic comedy about sham marriages, and thus similar to The Proposal. Not quite as funny, but it has more fun moments. Las Vegas. Trying to annoy each other. And a “closing credits reveal” that shows what was missed. The Hangover was a straight-comedy, this is, in a sense, the romantic-comedy version of the Hangover.

RATINGS:
Clint: Netflix: 3/5 stars. IMDB: 6/10.
Carolyn: Netflix: 3/5 stars. IMDB: 6/10.
The native public rating for this movie is Netflix: 3.6/5 stars (3.3/5 stars for people who rate like me), IMDB: 5.9/10. Rated 1.0/10 less than The Proposal, which we watched immediately before this.

RECOMMENDATION: If you like romantic comedies, this one is a bit edgier than most, and isn’t as sweet as some. The Vegas angle is nice, since we honeymooned there and thus have an affinity towards Vegas.

SIMILAR MOVIES: The Proposal, of course. (See coincidences, below.)

MOVIE QUOTES:

1) Tipper: If I could kill someone with my mind right now, it would be you.

2) Hater: I can have a vial of crabs here in 30 minutes.

COINCIDENCES: (The Proposal, What Happens In Vegas) 2 movies in the same night had sham marriages that the authorities were investigating, as well as a scene with people listening to headphones while taking a bath/shower, and not being able to hear what is going on.

FRIENDS’ RATINGS: Benj liked it.

Rebekah hated it. (She sure hates a lot of movies. I don’t understand how people manage to repeatedly watch movies they hate. If they suck so bad, why keep watching them? I don’t understand how people can’t predict what they will like with some amount of accuracy, to the extent of watching something they find zero redeeming value in. I’ve probably only watched a 1/5 star movie about 3 times out of the last 800 or so movies I’ve watched. It’s not that they aren’t out there. They are. I just know what to avoid.)

Mood: yummed out
Music: Pixies – Velouria