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What Happens in Vegas (6/10)

by Tony Medley

I admit it. I like Ashton Kutcher. The guy is everything George Clooney hopes to be. Heís much closer to Cary Grant than Clooney is. Kutcher is naturally funny. He has inherent timing. Heís got the physical moves.

Unfortunately, in this film he is matched with Cameron Diaz, whose stardom I donít understand. In a situation in which chemistry between the two stars is essential to the success of the comedy, there isnít an iota of it between Diaz and Kutcher.

Jack Fuller (Kutcher) and Joy McNally (Diaz) meet in Las Vegas and after a drunken evening, awaken wed to one another. They decide to go their separate ways until she gives him a quarter and he wins a $3 million jackpot with it. This sets in motion a love-hate relationship that must endure for six months when Judge Whopper (Dennis Miller) sentences them to stay together for six months before he will consider a divorce.

In the hands of a director like Garson Kanin or Leo McCarey, and actors like Cary Grant and Irene Dunne, this could have been a classic. But although Kutcher is up to it, Diaz is the weak link that sentences the film to mediocrity. She doesnít have Dunneís subtlety or comedic timing. Itís difficult to put in to words why her performance isnít up to snuff. Not beautiful, sheís still attractive enough. She utters her lines OK. She just doesnít give the performance required by the role.

There are good supporting performances by Miller and Lake Bell, who plays Joyís tough girl friend, Tipper. In fact, Bell is almost as entertaining as Kutcher. But those performances arenít enough to make up for Diaz and the script (Dana Fox, who was also responsible for ď27 Dresses,Ē another film that didnít make the grade). Director Jon Vaughn gives it a good try, but heís fighting a stacked deck. This comes close, but it canít overcome its built in weaknesses.

A personís body of work is dependent on lots of things, not least of which is the quality of the people with whom he works. Kutcher has  talent and potential. It has been his misfortune to attach his star to people who arenít up to the quality of his talent. He has time to correct this, but the clock is ticking.

 May 10, 2008

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