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What Happens in Vegas 

The comedy What Happens in Vegas upholds a hedonistic view and then adds that happiness can be bought. Of course, it's good to be happy. Yet "feel-good" movies that promote ignorant self-absorption are meant to appease the socially empowered. But how much can even the most carefree person feel invested in Cameron Diaz and Ashton Kutcher as people who get drunk enough to get married on the night they meet, then notice they don't love each other, win $3 million which they're legally obliged to split, then spend the rest of the movie throwing oranges at one another and arguing over which position to leave the toilet seat in? The intercutting between girls talking about guys with guys talking about girls turns "he said/she said" juxtaposing into a huge crutch. Diaz and Kutcher confessing their problems in court-ordered counselling is just more big stars patronizing American marriage after Mr. and Mrs. Smith and The Break-Up. If you guessed that through all their fighting they end up loving each other at the end, I'm gonna spoil it by telling you you're right. Movie characters aren't required to be likable, but they should be interesting. There comes apoint, early on, where the movie disengagessince it becomes evident that nothing in it will bean approximation, or even an abstraction, ofhuman behaviour. (MP)

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