JUST MARRIED

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Release Date: January 10, 2003

Starring: Ashton Kutcher, Brittany
Murphy, Christian Kane, David
Rasche, Veronica Cartwright,
and Raymond J. Barry

Genre: Romantic Comedy

Audience: Teenagers and young
adults REVIEWER: Lindsay
Stallones JUST MARRIED is a
movie about two newlyweds who
find out that marriage is more
than just fun and games. When
Sarah McNerney's mother asks
her if she's certain about
marrying so young, Sarah
(Brittany Murphy) replies that
her favorite thing about her
fiancé, Tom Leezak (Ashton
Kutcher), is his spontaneity.
Throughout the course of the
movie, she discovers that
endearing quirks and passion
alone won't sustain a
marriage. Sarah is from
Beverly Hills, the youngest
daughter of a ritzy family,
and Tom is the boy from the
wrong side of the tracks. They
meet by chance when Tom lobs a
football on the beach and
strikes her on the nose by
mistake. This leads them to a
bar for a round of pool and
some conversation, and
eventually into bed at her
apartment. Tom tells us, via
his narration, that a month
later they moved in together,
and nine months after that, in
the process of covering up the
accidental death of Sarah's
beloved dog, Bags, he asks her
to marry him. The movie opens
as the two characters dash
through a crowded airport,
knocking each other into
things, pushing things in the
way to trip each other, and
otherwise doing their best to
torment one another. As they
pull away from the parking
garage, their car still bears
the words "Just Married"
across the back windshield.
Tom drives Sarah to her house
and leaves her, followed by
her promises to clean her
stuff out of his apartment in
the morning. Sarah's big
sister takes her inside as Tom
speeds away, but is surprised
when Sarah crumples on the
staircase, tears filling her
eyes. Across town at his job
as the graveyard shift traffic
reporter for a local radio
station, Tom is in the same
emotional state. The movie
flashes back to his
memories. Though their
marriage was dogged by
warnings and cautions, Tom and
Sarah ignored the misgivings
of Sarah's family and married.
As Sarah remarks when Tom
mentions her family's harsh
comments, "When did we start
caring about what other people
think? I love not knowing
[what will happen]." As it
turns out, Sarah cares very
much about knowing what will
happen. After a wedding night
that left them too exhausted
to consummate their marriage
(which was already consummated
anyway) and a foiled attempt
to have intercourse in an
airplane bathroom, they almost
wreck their rental car in the
French alps. Then, they get
evicted from a five-star hotel
after Tom destroys the
electrical wiring by trying to
plug in a sex toy. All the
other hotels nearby are
booked, and they spend the
night in their car trapped in
a snowdrift. After many other
disasters throughout their
European tour, both Sarah and
Tom are ready to call it
quits. Tom laments that a
marriage has ruined his
perfect relationship. The
humor of JUST MARRIED lies in
the fact that all of their
disastrous escapades prevent
them from consummating their
marriage on their honeymoon.
As a light comedy that is
entertaining, frenetic and
well-made, the movie deserves
some attention. Both Kutcher
and Murphy are talented young
actors. Their comedic timing
and chemistry is
excellent. Although much of
the film revolves around the
issue of sex, and the
characters live together
before their marriage, JUST
MARRIED ultimately presents
marriage in a charming light.
Rather than end the movie at a
wedding, as most romantic
comedies are wont to do, JUST
MARRIED shows what happens
after the characters say "I
do." Though the details of a
marriage are not always the
most flattering or
comfortable, it certainly is a
desirable social
institution. Several times
during this movie, Sarah
proclaims that love is enough
to sustain a marriage. Tom's
father, however, speaks wise
words that ultimately become
the movie's thesis. When his
son comes to him with news
that the marriage is over, Mr.
Leezak tells him "You never
see the hard days in a photo
album, but they're the ones
that get you from one happy
snapshot to the next."
Inspired, Tom speeds off to
reclaim his wife's heart and
prove that what they thought
was love wasn't enough to keep
them together, but true love,
even when it's hard,
is. Although JUST MARRIED
contains some moral elements
(such as love draws family
members together and conquers
their differences, Tom's
father tells him that marriage
is about work and love, not
simply happy moments, and Tom
flees temptation), it has a
Romantic worldview, including
slight disrespect of priest
and a brief sarcastic remark
about the Bible as well as a
greedy, mean-spirited father
who must be convinced that his
daughter's marriage will work
out. The movie also has more
than 45 obscenities and
profanities and brief
scatological humor, and the
mother-in-law's nickname
(Pussy) becomes an off-color
joke. There is also much
slapstick violence, including
Tom and Sarah shoving each
other and throwing things,
Sarah hits Tom in the head
when she throws a heavy
ashtray at him, an electrical
shock starts a small fire, Tom
crashes his car into his
in-laws' gate and some of
their statuary, and Tom
angrily chases his rival with
a poker. The featured
characters live together
before they get married. There
are also discussions of
marital intercourse and
attempts by other people to
seduce the married couple, one
of them an unknowing
seduction. The movie also
contains other objectionable
elements (see the CONTENT
section above). Thus, JUST
MARRIED requires extreme
caution, especially for
children and teenagers but
also for many adults. Please
address your comments
to: Peter Chernin, Chairman &
CEO The Fox Group Tom Rothman
& Jim Gianopulos, Chairmen Fox
Filmed Entertainment 20th
Century Fox Film Corp. A
division of Fox, Inc. & News
Corp. 10201 West Pico
Blvd. Los Angeles, CA
90035 Phone: (310)
369-1000 Website: www.fox.com

Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 90 minutes

Distributor: 20th Century Fox

Director: Shawn Levy

Executive Producer:

Producer: Robert Simonds EXECUTIVE
PRODUCERS: Tracey Trench,
Josie Rosen and Lauren Shuler
Donner

Writer: Sam Harper

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Content:

(Ro, Ab, Acap, B, LLL, VV, S, N, A, D, M) Romantic worldview, including slight disrespect of priest and Bible (brief sarcastic comment), with a greedy, mean-spirited father who puts down boy because of wealth, as well as moral elements such as love draws family members together and conquers their differences, husband's father tells him that marriage is about work and love, not simply happy moments, and husband flees temptation; about 30 obscenities (mostly a--), six strong profanities, nine light profanities, and Mom's nickname (Pussy) becomes off-color joke; much slapstick violence includes married couple shoves each other and throw things, bloody nose, wife hits husband in head when she throws heavy ashtray at him, electrical shock starts small fire, crashing car into gate, and man chases rival with poker; no depicted sex scenes but two characters live together before they get married, discussion of marital intercourse, married couple tries to have intercourse, but is often comically interrupted, trampy girl in bar tries to seduce married man, husband lies to girl in bar, girl tricks husband to bring her to his hotel room where she continues her seduction and takes off her bra (no frontal nudity, however), husband complains that the first sex he got on his honeymoon was a man checking him for drugs, attempt to plug in sex toy on honeymoon, boy hides in girl's room with intention to sleep together without parents knowing, and young man thinks back to holding STAR WARS lightsabers as phallic symbols as a youth; nude rear view of woman's upper body, brief cleavage shot of wife in airport, upper male nudity as husband wraps sheet around his waist (non-graphic); social drinking, champagne toast, talk of drunkenness, wife gets tipsy; smoking; and, lying, wife and husband taunt each other on trip back home, and shady and greedy maitre d' helps seductive man try to steal man's wife.

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Summary:

JUST MARRIED, a romantic comedy with plenty of slapstick comedy, tells what happens to a young married couple when their honeymoon goes drastically wrong. JUST MARRIED ultimately portrays marriage in a positive light and has surprisingly good performances and a clever script, but it contains many questionable thematic elements, including too much foul language and too many sexual references.

Review:

JUST MARRIED is a movie about two newlyweds who find out that marriage is more than just fun and games. When Sarah McNerney's mother asks her if she's certain about marrying so young, Sarah (Brittany Murphy) replies that her favorite thing about her fiancé, Tom Leezak (Ashton Kutcher), is his spontaneity. Throughout the course of the movie, she discovers that endearing quirks and passion alone won't sustain a marriage.

Sarah is from Beverly Hills, the youngest daughter of a ritzy family, and Tom is the boy from the wrong side of the tracks. They meet by chance when Tom lobs a football on the beach and strikes her on the nose by mistake. This leads them to a bar for a round of pool and some conversation, and eventually into bed at her apartment. Tom tells us, via his narration, that a month later they moved in together, and nine months after that, in the process of covering up the accidental death of Sarah's beloved dog, Bags, he asks her to marry him.

The movie opens as the two characters dash through a crowded airport, knocking each other into things, pushing things in the way to trip each other, and otherwise doing their best to torment one another. As they pull away from the parking garage, their car still bears the words "Just Married" across the back windshield. Tom drives Sarah to her house and leaves her, followed by her promises to clean her stuff out of his apartment in the morning. Sarah's big sister takes her inside as Tom speeds away, but is surprised when Sarah crumples on the staircase, tears filling her eyes. Across town at his job as the graveyard shift traffic reporter for a local radio station, Tom is in the same emotional state. The movie flashes back to his memories.

Though their marriage was dogged by warnings and cautions, Tom and Sarah ignored the misgivings of Sarah's family and married. As Sarah remarks when Tom mentions her family's harsh comments, "When did we start caring about what other people think? I love not knowing [what will happen]."

As it turns out, Sarah cares very much about knowing what will happen. After a wedding night that left them too exhausted to consummate their marriage (which was already consummated anyway) and a foiled attempt to have intercourse in an airplane bathroom, they almost wreck their rental car in the French alps. Then, they get evicted from a five-star hotel after Tom destroys the electrical wiring by trying to plug in a sex toy. All the other hotels nearby are booked, and they spend the night in their car trapped in a snowdrift. After many other disasters throughout their European tour, both Sarah and Tom are ready to call it quits. Tom laments that a marriage has ruined his perfect relationship.

The humor of JUST MARRIED lies in the fact that all of their disastrous escapades prevent them from consummating their marriage on their honeymoon. As a light comedy that is entertaining, frenetic and well-made, the movie deserves some attention. Both Kutcher and Murphy are talented young actors. Their comedic timing and chemistry is excellent.

Although much of the film revolves around the issue of sex, and the characters live together before their marriage, JUST MARRIED ultimately presents marriage in a charming light. Rather than end the movie at a wedding, as most romantic comedies are wont to do, JUST MARRIED shows what happens after the characters say "I do." Though the details of a marriage are not always the most flattering or comfortable, it certainly is a desirable social institution.

Several times during this movie, Sarah proclaims that love is enough to sustain a marriage. Tom's father, however, speaks wise words that ultimately become the movie's thesis. When his son comes to him with news that the marriage is over, Mr. Leezak tells him "You never see the hard days in a photo album, but they're the ones that get you from one happy snapshot to the next." Inspired, Tom speeds off to reclaim his wife's heart and prove that what they thought was love wasn't enough to keep them together, but true love, even when it's hard, is.

Although JUST MARRIED contains some moral elements (such as love draws family members together and conquers their differences, Tom's father tells him that marriage is about work and love, not simply happy moments, and Tom flees temptation), it has a Romantic worldview, including slight disrespect of priest and a brief sarcastic remark about the Bible as well as a greedy, mean-spirited father who must be convinced that his daughter's marriage will work out. The movie also has more than 45 obscenities and profanities and brief scatological humor, and the mother-in-law's nickname (Pussy) becomes an off-color joke. There is also much slapstick violence, including Tom and Sarah shoving each other and throwing things, Sarah hits Tom in the head when she throws a heavy ashtray at him, an electrical shock starts a small fire, Tom crashes his car into his in-laws' gate and some of their statuary, and Tom angrily chases his rival with a poker. The featured characters live together before they get married. There are also discussions of marital intercourse and attempts by other people to seduce the married couple, one of them an unknowing seduction. The movie also contains other objectionable elements (see the CONTENT section above). Thus, JUST MARRIED requires extreme caution, especially for children and teenagers but also for many adults.

Please address your comments to:

Peter Chernin, Chairman & CEO

The Fox Group

Tom Rothman & Jim Gianopulos, Chairmen

Fox Filmed Entertainment

20th Century Fox Film Corp.

A division of Fox, Inc. & News Corp.

10201 West Pico Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90035

Phone: (310) 369-1000

Website: www.fox.com

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