Sarah (Brittany Murphy) comes from a very wealthy family and has fallen in love with Tom (Ashton Kutcher), a penniless, part-time DJ on a small radio station. When Sarah and Tom announce their engagement Sarah’s family accept the decision in spite of their reservations. After the perfect wedding, Sarah and Tom head off on what should be the perfect honeymoon but after a catalogue of misadventures the perfect love match is not looking so perfect after all…
There isn’t much of a story behind this comedy so there ought to be plenty of laughs. Unfortunately the comedy is a bit hit and miss. For every funny part there are at least twice as many gags that fall flat. Rather than having a sharp and witty script a lot of the humour is of the slapstick variety. The whole flimsy tale becomes tiresome before too long. As I watched this movie, in a full cinema, the lack of laughter was proof that the comedy wasn’t working as it should!
Brittany Murphy of 8 Mile adds a little charm to the proceedings but doesn’t have the charm of Sandra Bullock in Miss Congeniality or Reese Witherspoon in Legally Blonde. Strangely Ashton Kutcher seems to appear “out of place” in the movie. Perhaps it is just that he is desperately in need of some good lines!
The Bottom Line: This comedy suffers from a poor script and it’s over dependence on slapstick gags. If you liked Sweet Home Alabama and Two Weeks Notice you might get something out of this movie but I would wait for the video and only if you have nothing better to do!