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2.86

Awesome: 5.41%
Worth A Look40.54%
Just Average: 2.7%
Pretty Crappy: 37.84%
Sucks: 13.51%

2 reviews, 25 user ratings


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Just Married
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by EricDSnider

"Who's prettier: Ashton Kutcher or Brittany Murphy? Discuss."
4 stars

I’m not a proponent of the philosophy that movies with good messages are therefore good movies. Too many films with upstanding morals are very dull, and plenty of gray-area films are, let’s face it, highly entertaining.

But “Just Married,” while only a passable movie, is elevated a bit by its pleasantly old-fashioned ideals. It promotes monogamy, marriage, staying committed and the importance of honesty in a relationship. Its protagonists might have been too young to get married, they realize -- but they never suspect marriage in general is a bad idea. The very notion that people might have to, you know, PREPARE for marriage -- that it’s that important a step -- is already more refreshingly nonprogressive than most films are willing to be.

This slapsticky, cheerful film chronicles the disastrous honeymoon of semi-employed Tom (Ashton Kutcher) and his ultra-rich new bride Sarah (Brittany Murphy). There is trouble on the plane to Europe, and then at the castle where they’re staying, and subsequently with their comically small rental car and pretty much everything else they come in contact with. Through most of it, though they squabble immaturely, they remain in love. Only when confronted with each other’s dishonesty about their past do things begin to break down.

There is a childish giddiness about most of the film, and in particular with Tom and Sarah’s relationship. The sexuality is handled discreetly; you get the idea that much of the time, they’re probably laughing too much to actually do anything, seeming more like kids at a slumber party than newlyweds. When Tom finds out Sarah’s mom’s nickname, which is a sexual double-entendre, he covers his mouth and giggles; sex embarrasses him. Kudos to any film that can focus on a young couple’s honeymoon and not dwell on consummation jokes. (They are here, but they are few.)

The director is Shawn Levy, who directed the similarly lame-but-harmless “Big Fat Liar” (2002). The writer is Sam Harper, whose only other credit is “Rookie of the Year” (1993) -- yet another film that was more likable than it should have been.

Ashton Kutcher will forever be vilified for “Dude, Where’s My Car?” (2000), but his comedic skills -- honed on “That ‘70s Show” -- are considerable. His delivery is good, and his chemistry with the almost-equally talented Brittany Murphy is genuine. They help the film overcome its weaknesses -- such as running out of steam long before it ends -- and it’s altogether a surprisingly enjoyable experience.

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User Comments

6/11/08 PAUL SHORTT HAS ABOUT AS MUCH FLOW, TIMING AND INSPIRATIONAL HUMOUR AS STATISTICAL RESEARCH 2 stars
10/20/07 fools♫gold If Ashton Kutcher wasn't in this movie, there wouldn't be as much humor. 2 stars
9/17/05 tony if ashton kutcher wasn't in this movie, it would be awsome! 3 stars
4/09/05 Kristan anderson Story moves slow and jokes aren't very funny. 2 stars
1/11/05 Steve Michaud Bland, superficial, and ultimately forgettable 2 stars
12/07/04 Kristina Williams Ashton Kutcher must burn in the depths of hell. 1 stars
2/07/04 May Q. Horney Brittany Murphy was much better when she ate only chicken, got constipated, & hung herself! 2 stars
1/23/04 Chloe Brody Quite cute and entertaining. 4 stars
1/20/04 Betty White Would anyone else like to kill these two? 1 stars
1/17/04 Tiffany Faye Hawthorne Poophole search for drugs was over-the-top and should've been grounds for annullment. 2 stars
1/07/04 KICK ASS OR DONT COME HOME! ashton please stick with sitcoms not no american pie wannabe movies 2 stars
10/05/03 Kitty Tedious, Lame Jokes and SO, so mushy!! 2 stars
8/14/03 Suzanne Foster Makes the LIZZIE McGUIRE MOVIE look like EUROPEAN VACATION. 2 stars
8/11/03 Taylor Fladgate Boring. Couldn't stand it. Predictable. Who thinks that Ugly Americans are funny? 2 stars
8/09/03 dado poor movie, not funny at all 2 stars
7/06/03 sharon laughed my ass off..loved the air port scene at the begining 5 stars
6/21/03 Sebastian E. Nice movie! 4 stars
6/08/03 May Q. Horney Brittany Murphy was much better when she ate only chicken, got constipated, & hung herself! 2 stars
3/11/03 Tiffany Faye Hawthorne Poophole search for drugs was over-the-top and should've been grounds for annullment. 2 stars
2/14/03 Sara Loved it.....Marriage has its ups and downs, this movie takes it to extremes 5 stars
2/09/03 jgfsjglksdf ug... why must we endure this trip? does anyone else find murphy annoying? 1 stars
1/28/03 Jon C. Ericson Who is the least tallented Kutcher that University of Iowa drop out or Murphy. Discuss.... 2 stars
1/27/03 stead its shit www.ifitsalrightwithyou.cjb.net go on it !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 1 stars
1/26/03 Jen yeah its bad 1 stars
1/26/03 Joy T. Ode Terrible script, cliched and by-the-numbers, but Brittany Murphy is ultra-charming 4 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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USA
  10-Jan-2003 (PG-13)

UK
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Australia
  13-Feb-2003


Directed by
  Shawn Levy

Written by
  Sam Harper

Cast
  Ashton Kutcher
  Brittany Murphy
  Christian Kane
  Taran Killam
  Monet Mazur
  David Rasche



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