JUST MARRIED, by director Shawn Levy (BIG FAT LIAR) and writer Sam Harper
(ROOKIE OF THE YEAR), is a funnier and sweeter movie than you probably
expect. A real crowd-pleaser, it is an adult romantic comedy with a teen
comedy flair. The movie's special ingredients are two absolutely charming
performances by Ashton Kutcher (the star of DUDE, WHERE'S MY CAR) and
Brittany Murphy (Eminem's girlfriend in 8 MILE). They play Tom Leezak and
Sarah McNerney, a recently hitched pair off on a European honeymoon from
The movie's running gag is that Tom and Sarah continually face impossible
situations which cause them to fight, after which they unsuccessfully
attempt to make love. The gags are filled with classic pratfalls, mixed in
with fresh material. They crash into snow banks, and they share bloody nose
problems together. It's hard to be romantic, no matter how good looking
your spouse is, if you both have tissues hanging from your nostrils.
Tom is a traffic reporter on the radio who fills in on the graveyard shift.
He's a sports fanatic whose first question when checking into a five-star
hotel is about the availability of ESPN. As rich as Tom is poor, Sarah is a
Beverly Hills girl who's obsessed with ancient art frescos. He's tall and
surfer dude handsome, and she's short and cute as button.
With charming chemistry together, the two wonderfully likeable stars steal
your heart in every silly scene. When Tom and Sarah look at each with
starry eyes, you'll believe it every time. These are two young adults
hopelessly in love and hopelessly lost in coping with the world. As they
laugh their way through their predicaments, you'll be laughing -- hard --
along with them.
The never-ending cycle of fighting, laughing, making up and not having sex
is, of course, eventually broken, but not until the very end. There aren't
any twists in JUST MARRIED, but there is more than enough fun, thanks to
Kutcher and Murphy. With anyone else, the same material would likely have
been as smelly as the airplane bathroom in which Tom and Sarah try, as
always without consummation, to make love. But, as cast, the picture is a
JUST MARRIED runs 1:34. It is rated PG-13 for "sexual content, some crude
humor and a brief drug reference" and would be acceptable for kids around 10
Copyright © 2003 Steve Rhodes