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Two strangers awaken together to discover they've gotten married following a night of debauchery in Sin City, and one of them has won a huge jackpot after playing the other's quarter. The newlyweds devise ever-escalating schemes to undermine each other and get their hands on the money - only to find themselves falling in love amid the mutual backstabbing.
OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 109 moviegoers:
TEENS: Both males and females LOVED IT! Highly Recommended!
TWENTYSOMETHINGS: The male reviews are very good, but not quite great. Over half rated it as above average to average. That's a little lower than I like to see. However, since no males actually disliked "What Happens In Vegas" I certainly recommended it. The female reviews ae GREAT! Most REALLY LOVED IT, with just a very small percentage disliking it. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
ADULTS: The female reviews are great. VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! About a third of the guys loved it. Most of the rest enjoyed it very much, rating it above average. Only a very few rated it as average or below average. Recommended.
For charismatic party guy Jack Fuller (ASHTON KUTCHER) and buttoned-up
commodities trader Joy McNally (CAMERON DIAZ), a rowdy weekend coincidentally
shared in Las Vegas should have, by all rights, ended up being little more than
a random blur. That is, if these two vacationing New Yorkers didn't have a
signed marriage license staring them in the face to shockingly remind them of
the giant misstep they took while feeling no pain, Vegas-style.
Stacking the deck, not only did Jack and Joy tie the knot after tying one on,
but later scored a mind-blowing three million bucks in a slot machine bonanza.
Well, Jack won it with Joy's quarter. At the machine she'd already been playing.
Or was it the other way around? And whose loot is it anyway?
Therein lies the weird hand dealt this bickering duo who take their
predicament back to Manhattan only to be sentenced by the intractable Judge
Whopper (DENNIS MILLER) to "six months hard marriage." Despite the
hapless protests of Jack's best friend and legal counsel Steve "Hater"
Hader (ROB CORDDRY), Whopper refuses to grant Jack and Joy an annulment, freezes
the prize booty, and forces the irresponsible couple to prove they have done
everything humanly possible to make their impromptu marriage work. This includes
co-habitation, weekly counseling sessions, and doing something the old school
Whopper believes Jack and Joy's "generation" hates to do: try.
Otherwise, the judge guarantees, the three million bucks will stay caught up in
a legal battle so long and expensive no one but the lawyers will ever see a
penny of it.
I now pronounce you man and wife. For real.
Jack and Joy figure, "Fine, how hard can it be" and take the bait
only to find themselves locked in a hilarious, patience-testing,
panties-twisting game of wild one-upmanship--may the best "pretend
The battle of the sexes has never had a pair of gladiators like Jack and Joy,
not to mention their partners in crime--Jack's hair-trigger buddy
"Hater" and Joy's take-no-prisoners gal pal Tipper (LAKE BELL), who
despise each other with almost as much venom as do Jack and Joy. Throw in Jack's
demanding father, Jack, Sr. (TREAT WILLIAMS); Joy's hard-driving boss, Banger
(DENNIS FARINA); her snooty ex-fiance, Mason (JASON SUDEIKIS); and a savvy
shrink named Dr. Twitchell (QUEEN LATIFAH), and pretty soon there's a whole team
of folks making Jack and Joy's frantic charade that much crazier.
Can Jack and Joy survive their six months of "wedded
bliss"--without killing each other first--and ultimately cash in for the
big payoff? Or will the fiery sparks that ricochet between them actually ignite,
turning a fake relationship into something astonishingly real?
In the end, what happens in What Happens in Vegas may prove the biggest
surprise of all.