Stars: ** 1/2
Rating: PG-13 for language, sexual content
Run Time: 1 hour, 40 minutes
“Just Married” is spared a straight-to-video burial by virtue of a charming performance by Ashton Kutcher (“That 70s Show”) and a goofy premise rife with comic possibilities.
Tom, a prototypical
Naturally, Sarah’s family opposes the union, assuming she can do better. But Tom and Sarah snub their nay-sayers by tying the knot and taking off for a fantasy European honeymoon, with a breezy au revoir and loads of cheerful optimism.
hello honeymoon from hell. Murphy’s Law states that anything that can go wrong, will go wrong. From the moment they
take to the skies, Tom and Sarah are plagued by the curse of the European
vacation. Nasty flight attendants,
spiteful electrical outlets, doll-sized compact cars, and a snooty continental
attitude. Not to mention Sarah’s pesky ex, the one who let her get away and
coincidentally turns up at Tom and Sarah’s
Everything about this Generation X vehicle shouldn’t work. It’s poorly edited, badly directed, and chock full of unseasoned performances. The wedding sequence hints at ribald incidents that clearly ended up on the cutting room floor. Murphy and Kutcher are an unexpected delight, though - soaring just under the radar with a sparkling chemistry that’s full tilt while at love and at war.
From ka-ching! to kerchunk, the gags are all over the map. But the laughs are genuine and the climax sincere enough to warrant a big-screen watch.