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Just Married

Ashton Kutcher (Dude, Whereís My Car?) and Brittany Murphy (8 Mile) waste their star power in this lackluster romantic comedy from Shawn Levy. The ill-conceived plot du jour tosses two lovers from opposite sides of the tracks into an impetuous marriage. Itís not until their honeymoon in Europe that they discover those little dark secrets about each other that could spoil their wedded bliss.

As DJ wanna-be Tom, Kutcher recycles his wide-eyed goofball persona pleasingly ó though at times he seems to be paying homage to Tom Green. Itís Murphy who plays against type as a bubbly, blonde rich girl from Beverly Hills. Her Sarah is reminiscent of Reese Witherspoonís lovable ditz from Legally Blonde ó and Murphy is adept at the cute-perky shtick, too. But beyond the pairís improbable meeting, Just Married is devoid of romance. It opens with their tumultuous near break-up and then bides its time retracing the trite ticks that brought them to that point. Aside from a few funny bits involving the Mile High Club and a French bulldog, this is a turgid affair that the two budding stars (a couple in real life) should have said no to. (95 minutes)

BY TOM MEEK

Issue Date: January 16 - 23, 2003
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