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VIVA LASS DIAZ

PUBLISHED: 12:56 11 May 2008 | UPDATED: 08:55 21 July 2010

Cameron Diaz

Cameron Diaz

What Happens In Vegas (12A) Cameron Diaz and Ashton Kutcher spark like fireworks in this highly enjoyable screwball comedy from director Tom Vaughan and writer Dana Fox...

What Happens In Vegas (12A)

Cameron Diaz and Ashton Kutcher spark like fireworks in this highly enjoyable screwball comedy from director Tom Vaughan and writer Dana Fox.

Based on the maxim, "What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas", a wild night out leads the hapless pair into a sudden crash course in matrimony after drunkenly doing a Britney - and when reality kicks in the morning after, they find themselves challenged to evaluate their lives amongs a decidedly messy fall-out.

City trader Joy McNally (Diaz) and cabinet maker Jack Fuller (Kutcher) end up getting acquainted when they're mistakenly booked into the same room.

Joy has been dumped and humiliated by her "perfect" banker boyfriend, Mason (Jason Sudeikis), and Jack has been dumped from his job - by his own father.

Feeling like total losers, both have come to cheer themselves up with the obligatory useless and sarcastic best friends in tow, Hater (Rob Corddry) and Tipper (Lake Bell).

Sticking two fingers up at the world, at first sight none of them can stand each other - until that first evil sip of champagne weaves its dangerous magic.

And suddenly getting married whilst off their faces seems like a brilliant way for Jack and Joy to polish off their evening of unbridled entertainment. After all, they have known each other for a good few hours by then.

Unfortunately it's a glittering event they can barely remember, evidenced only by Joy's tackily ringed finger. And things go from bad to worse when Jack wins $3 million on a fruit machine - with Joy's quarter. The battle of the sexes ensues full throttle as the pair will stop at nothing to defend their right to the money and their right to a divorce.

Laugh out loud funny in places, both leads are thoroughly engaging. It's a piece of dream casting.

Ably supported by Corddry and Bell, there's no amazingly original formula but the dialogue and performances are so fresh and funny that there's little to complain about. No prizes as to the moral of the story but it sure is a lot of fun getting there.

By Susan Hodgetts

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