I went to see this movie the other week because it looked fun, and Cameron Diaz is pretty and funny, and Ashton Kutcher is pretty and funny. And because my bf asked me and wanted to see it too! ❤
At the beginning of the film we are introduced to the two main characters separately. Cameron is Joy, a tightly wound, successful businesswoman. This in itself is funnier than it should be (because of the kind of characters she normally plays and what we know she will end up doing before the end of the film, not in a sexist way :P) ~ and it doesn’t last long. Ashton plays Jack, a guy who works for his dad making furniture. I’m sure you know the rest of the story – they meet in Vegas and wake up married.
Things that really bugged me about this film were things that just did NOT make sense. I mean, I know that when you go to see this kind of film realism and plot are not two key areas where you expect brilliance, but some parts were just annoying. Like getting the characters to Vegas. Jack: Gets fired. “Oh man, what am I going to do for money?” friend: “You’re realising this now?” Jack: “I know! I’ll go to Vegas!” …. pardon? The reason you’re going to Las Vegas, to stay in a nice hotel, party, drink and gamble for 2 days is that… you’ve got no money?? Joy’s reason was slightly better but for someone who “hates Las Vegas” she sure changed her mind in a hurry. I feel like I’m nitpicking but these things really bugged me as I was watching.
It has been noted that in movies these days the best friends get all the best bits. …I can’t think of any other examples right now but it’s definately true for this film. Joy’s bestie is Tipper. That’s right, that’s her name. The actress who plays her has an even better one: Lake Bell. For realz. Anyway she kinda stole the show for me, and not just because she insanely beautiful. Her character was really likeable in a I-hope-I’ll-never-meet-her kind of way. When Joy gets dumped she says she’ll call up her brother’s shady friends and get them to go round to his house every week, knock on the door and when he opens him punch him in the junk. When he asks “Why?!” they’ll say “You know why!!!” I just feel like here is a director who gets what a best friend is supposed to be like (gotcha back, Mel 😉 ) Jack’s best friend is called Hater. Random. Anyway he is extremely annoying but also has some funny dialogue and altercations with Tipper.
I had really high expectations for this movie and I guess that’s never a good idea. There were some really funny bits, watching Joy lob oranges at Jack’s head was a high point. And it was fun. Watching them try and live together was pretty amusing. Queen Latifah also made an appearance as their marriage councellor.
It all turned to custard in the end. Not to give too much away, but Joy’s big “moment of realisation” speech was so clichéd I couldn’t even hear what she was saying over my own disbelief, and Jack’s – I didn’t hear any of his either ‘cos I had Ashton Kutcher’s voice in my head – you know on Punk’d when he’s like mocking people in his big loud laughing voice? I just heard him taking the piss out of himself the entire time.
That said, it was a fun movie. I’m not usually one to go see movies with taglines like “Get Lucky”, but it was fun. Good date movie. I’d probably wait ’til DVD to see it otherwise. Stay after the actual movie finishes for the “6 months earlier…”, and an additional scene where Tipper comes good on her promise.
Director: Tom Vaughan
Starring: Cameron Diaz, Ashton Kutcher, Lake Bell, Rob Corddry