Med City Movie Guy — Ashton Kutcher gets lucky in 'Vegas'
"What Happens in Vegas" is that Ashton Kutcher beats the spread.
What are the odds? Two strangers, in Sin City to forget their miserable lives, wake up married to each other and while negotiating a break-up hit the Megabucks slot machine for $3 million.
Even in Las Vegas, that's a long shot, but Cameron Diaz and Ashton Kutcher parlay this predictable film into the date flick of the year (so far, anyway).
When haggling over the disposition of their windfall lands them in court, a judge freezes the money and sentences them to "six months hard marriage." Try as they do to get the relationship to fail, they fall for each other. Who woulda thunk?
Overall, the humor is not for the refined palate — more "Roseanne" crass than "Seinfeld" smart — though there are some very funny laugh-$6-Pepsi-out-of-your-nose moments like the wedding chapel flashback.
Dennis Miller is underutilized and Queen Latifah is out of place. But Kutcher, who stared in MTV's "Punk'd" and the Academy Award-winning "Dude, Where's My Car?" (for Best Catering, I think it was) is the real jackpot. He carries the film, and it's a sure bet no one will call him just Demi's Moore's son anymore.
"What Happens in Vegas," starring Cameron Diaz and Ashton Kutcher, is now playing at the Chateau, Hollywood Stadium 12 and Wehrenberg theaters.
Rated: PG-13 for some sexual and crude content and language, including a drug reference.
Miksanek is the Med City Movie Guy and a Rochester freelance writer. For more reviews and movie talk, check the Movie Guy’s blog at www..