“What Happens In Vegas” – Joanna Langfield reviews

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For a standard rom-com, this pretty package sneaks in a few surprises. Cameron Diaz and Ashton Kutcher play the mismatched couple who “meet cute” on a drunken rebound night in Las Vegas. Their intentions for a quickie divorce are squashed when, after hitting in big in a slot machine, a judge forces a six month trial marriage, millions to be divided only after the two strangers at least give their relationship an earnest try.

I suppose there could be moral cries of outrage even over the premise here. Wild, quicky, alcohol induced legal hookups? But isn’t this the stuff of decades of plot set-ups, including that of Friends Ross and Rachel who did the same thing on the public airwaves at family viewing hour? So, getting over this potential obstacle, the rest of the proceedings here are relatively tame. Yes, the obviously attracted couple lives together but he’s on the couch. And even when temptation comes their way, neither strays from their court appointed monogamy.

Director Tom Vaughn has enhanced the proceedings with a nice supporting cast, including, as the wacky best friends, Lake Bell and Rob Corddry. And while Dana Fox’s screenplay has its holes, she also takes pains to add the neat twist of having the female as the type A achiever, driven by the potential of a big promotion on Wall Street.

What makes what happens work, though, is the complete charm of its two stars. We’ve seen Cameron Diaz do most of what she does here before, but who can’t enjoy this sleek comedienne again and again? Ashton Kutcher, on the other hand, actually gets to do some real acting, in between the obligatory slacker scenes, and his natural ease and peeks of vulnerability makes his not-so-great-catch impossible to resist.

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Her voice is heard throughout the 50 states and around the world by more than one million listeners on her syndicated radio programs: Joanna Langfield’s People Report and Video and Movie Minute. She’s also seen and heard as a regular contributing commentator on CNN International, CNN, Fox News and CNBC. In print, her articles have been published in such high profile magazines as Video Review and McCall’s. Joanna Langfield is known for taking interviews to another level with probing looks at celebrities’ insights rather than just their latest projects. As a result, she’s secured a niche among the nation’s premier interviewers and movie critics. Joanna began her career on the production staff of a local Boston television station. She then focused her energies towards radio and produced talk shows at WMEX-AM in Boston. After moving to New York, she became executive producer at WMCA-AM for talk show personalities Barry Gray and Sally Jessy Raphael. She began hosting a one-minute movie review spot which, in turn, led to her top-rated weekend call in-show, The Joanna Langfield Show (1980-83). Joanna moved to WABC-AM to host The Joanna Langfield Show on Saturday nights from 9:00pm to midnight. It was the highest rated show in its time slot. From 1987-1989, Joanna hosted Today’s People on the ABC Radio network, which was fed daily to over 300 stations around the country. She also appeared on WABC-TV as a regular on-air contributor. In 1989, Joanna formed her radio production company, Joanna Langfield Entertainment Reports, to syndicate her radio reports. She is considered to be one of the top authoritative commentators on the entertainment industry. Read Lagfield's recent articles below. For her Women On Film archive, type "Joanna Langfield" in the Search Box (upper right corner of screen).