What Happens In Vegas... was a mediocre comedy that was by no means an essential viewing. At times it can be enjoyable and entertaining to watch, but there wasn't a time in What Happens In Vegas... that I really thought were better than the average comedy nowadays.
At first I thought What Happens In Vegas... would focus mainly on comedy, but as the film went on, romance began to take the main focus. Now I'm not a huge fan of chicks, so that judgment had a huge impact overall for my opinion of this film after the shift to focus on romance. What Happens In Vegas... doesn't come across with any originality, and I can certainly say that the plot is by no means unique in any way. Simply put, What Happens In Vegas... poses the question of "what would happen if a couple got married one night in Vegas, unaware of what they were doing?". Of course this isn't the end of the key part of the plot. After this incident occurs, entertainment is stretched even further as one of them wins the jackpot at a casino, but is faced with the laws of marriage and is simply put described by a quote from the movie - "what's mine is yours, remember?". This unoriginal and surreal idea adds to the quirkiness of the film overall, and the predictable court sentence during the film (six months of marriage) makes it even more dim and monotonous. Of course after this the situations become comical, but at the same time some were ridiculous, ludicrous and brainless. At the end of What Happens In Vegas..., it felt as if it was trying to come across with a deeper message, but failed to bring it across in a sensible way. At the end of the film all we are left with is the 'final kiss' cliché and what is supposed to be a feeling of satisfaction and pleasure. This film didn't bring me complete dissatisfaction, but I was hoping for something at least slightly better.
Most of the laughs from What Happens In Vegas... are a mixture of entertainment and bewilderment in how absurd some of the jokes were. Well, this was the case for me at least. This is the type of film that includes all of the at least amusing jokes in the trailer, and what's left is a few attempts to keep that level of hilarity, but for most cases it doesn't succeed. A few smart and funny ideas are brought across, but not many that haven't been tried somewhere before. Tom Vaughan's directing was applaudable but nothing of a high level of talent. The camera movements and shots seem to be an aspect that wouldn't be paid much attention, but it wasn't half bad. The screenplay was nothing special apart from a few incidences. As mentioned before, What Happens In Vegas... doesn't seem to concentrate on bringing new ideas to the big screen. The main purpose would be to provide some entertainment, but even this is only fulfilled in a few parts of the film.
One thing that I found to be irritating was the end credits, showing a video of the couple on the wedding night. To some this might seem amusing, but to me it made the film really drag on. The thoughts going through my mind were just that I'd had enough, and when videos during the credits kept constantly popping up it didn't help.
Cameron Diaz's performance was nothing to brag about. Pretty much all of the acting in What Happens In Vegas... was quite appalling, and certainly nothing better than from other films similar to this. Cameron Diaz made her character comical, but even tried to bring in more humor when it was completely unnecessary. Ashton Kutcher was perhaps slightly better, but still didn't give anything close to an incredible performance. Rob Corddry and Lake Bell made this film more enjoyable, but still weren't extraordinary in any way. Dennis Farina and Queen Latifah were also included in the cast, but guess what? They were nothing better than the average performance for their type of role.
What Happens In Vegas... was overall worse than average, it could have been a whole lot better, but then again it could have been worse. See this for a bit of enjoyment but don't expect anything amazing.. I wouldn't really recommend this unless you're desperate to see it.
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