WHAT HAPPENS IN VEGAS...
Release Date: May 09, 2008
Starring: Cameron Diaz, Ashton Kutcher,
Rob Corddry, Lake Bell, Dennis
Miller, Dennis Farina, Treat
Williams, Queen Latifah, and
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Audience: Older teenagers and adults
Runtime: 98 minutes
Distributor: 20th Century Fox
Director: Tom Vaughn
Executive Producer: Joe Caracciolo, Jr., and Dean
Producer: Michael Aguilar, Shawn Levy,
Jimmy Miller, and Arnon
Writer: Dana Fox
Address Comments To:Rupert Murdoch, Chairman/CEO of News Corp.
Peter Chernin, President/COO of The Fox Group
Tom Rothman and Jim Gianopulos, Chairmen/CEO
Fox Filmed Entertainment
20th Century Fox Film Corp.
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Los Angeles, CA 90035
Phone: (310) 369-1000
These principles are perfectly suited to the Hollywood genre of romantic comedy, where the battle between the sexes gets resolved when the two lovers finally realize, usually after great comical chaos, that the personality conflicts between them can work together to form a more perfect whole.
In that sense, the new romantic comedy WHAT HAPPENS IN VEGAS is a good example of the archetypal romantic comedy.
In the story, charismatic party guy Jack, played by Ashton Kutcher, gets fired by his father after Jack goofs off one time too many at his dad’s building company. At the same time, a strait-laced commodities trader named Joy, played by Cameron Diaz, gets dumped by her fiancé. Both Jack and Joy are convinced by their two friends, Steve and Tipper, to put away their troubles and go to Las Vegas.
A mix-up at their Vegas hotel throws the four people together. Jack challenges Joy to loosen up and have a drink with him and his buddy. They drag an unwilling Tipper along. The drinks soon loosen up both their tongues, and Jack and Joy realize that they really enjoy talking with one another. More drinks follow, however, and a drunken Joy and Jack end up married the next morning.
At the slot machine Joy was playing, Jack and Joy decide that they had better get an annulment. Jack nonchalantly puts one of Joy’s coins into the slot machine and hits the $3 million jackpot. Both end up back in New York in divorce court over the money, but their lazy attitude toward marriage angers the judge. He orders them to live together for six months and go to marriage counseling. A comical battle of wills ensues between Jack and Joy, egged on by their two battling friends.
WHAT HAPPENS IN VEGAS has many funny scenes and dialogue. The actors do a great job, and the plot structure is classical Hollywood. There are even some profound biblical themes about marriage, commitment and male/female relationships. Even so, the movie’s worldview remains somewhat pagan, with plenty of foul language and crude references. Thus, the negative content in WHAT HAPPENS IN VEGAS warrants an extreme caution.
WHAT HAPPENS IN VEGAS has many funny moments. The actors do great, and the plot structure is classical Hollywood. There are some profound biblical themes about marriage, commitment and male/female relationships. For example, the movie’s premise echoes the biblical view that, in a good marriage, the woman gives the man special qualities that he needs and vice versa. Together, they become one. Even so, the movie’s worldview remains somewhat pagan, with plenty of foul language and crude references. Thus, the negative content in WHAT HAPPENS IN VEGAS warrants extreme caution.