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New Review – What Happens in Vegas

May 11, 2008

If a movie’s value is based on the emotional appeal then What Happens in Vegas, does what it set out to do. Like the old Doris Day-Rock Hudson films where the couple that is obviously meant to be together is the last to know it, Kutcher and Diaz’s characters find love after a chaotic beginning.

One has to wonder though, can you really find love out of a hookup? it would seem that this would not be the case. But if it were to happen, why not sweeten it with $3 million dollars? Yet, I’m trying hard not to be cynical. It’s movies like these that provide a false hope to romantics like myself. What this movie and so many others like it do is set me up with a romantic notion that I just haven’t accidentally run into the right one. This is why I have a love-hate relationship with romantic comedy. I want to believe that a hookup on a drunken night in Vegas can lead to true love, but then I live in the real world, not the idyllic scripted one.

The second script from Dana Fox (first was The Wedding Date) was directed by TV director Tom Vaughan. Cameron Diaz stars as Joy McNally and Ashton Kutcher is Jack Fuller. Joy and Jack, like When Harry Met Sally, have a counterpart friend that serves as the comic relief. And they do a lovely job at it. Rob Corddry (former Daily Show correspondent) and Lake Bell (Boston Legal’s Sally Heep)  serve their role perfectly, amusing with good one-liners.  However, they may be  more perfect for each other than Joy and Jack.

Overall, the plot is simple, we know where they are heading, but the ride along the way is more of the point. The film serves as the opposite of The Break Up. Instead of falling slowly out of love and learning to let go, Kutcher and Diaz learn to trust in themselves by being together. The idea of the complementary soul where they bring out the best in each other is the modern fantasy in romantic comedies. In real life people tear each other down for years before giving up on one another, but that is the beauty of this film. They destroy each other first and then fall in love while being themselves. Is that possible? If not, at least we have the dream of it on the big screen. And for that, it’s alot like love.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. June 13, 2008 10:20 am

    I know, I sort of love A Lot Like Love..

  2. June 10, 2008 4:00 pm

    most of the chick flicks i’ve seen with Ashton Kutcher have been at least halfway decent, A Lot Like Love is one example

  3. May 11, 2008 4:23 am

    So the new movie with Cameron and Ashton looks really good. I love Cameron, I think she is an awesome actress. Ashton, I mean come on he is funny. Can’t wait to see the movie being it just came out on Friday. Hey do you want some free movie tickets to see the movie? Of course you do check out and play a little poker for a chance to score some free tickets.

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