Just Married

on January 10, 2003 by Tim Cogshell
"Just Married" is one of those "it all started when..." movies, which usually doesn't bode well. The movie is from a well-worn genre and treads just about all of the territory a wacky comedy about a mismatched young couple on their horrible honeymoon could possibly cover. So this one resorts to pratfalls and other familiar bits that, while occasionally funny, somehow make it all just a little too formulaic to really lock on.

It all starts when...Tom (Ashton Kutcher of "Dude, Where's My Car") hits Sarah (Brittany Murhpy of "Don't Say A Word) in the head with a football. They fall in love, move in together and get married, all in just a few months. The problem is, Tom's an impoverished sportscaster wannabe, and Sarah's from a well-to-do, very blonde Beverly Hills family that she doesn't look like she could actually really be a part of. The McNerneys, including their wholly stereotyped Korean housekeeper (Toshi Toda), want no part of the crunchy Tom, but they allow the wedding to happen anyway. Then they set Sarah's ex-boyfriend after the couple to undo things as fast as possible, and it almost works.

There's not a mature moment in this movie. And we aren't just taking about the juvenile jokes. The direction, writing and even editing are all elementary at best. But that doesn't mean there aren't about 10 solid minutes of funny stuff in this 95-minute movie. They're just scattered throughout the film, and you'll have to sit through it all just to get to the good gags. Starring Ashton Kutcher, Brittany Murphy, Christian Kane, David Moscow, Monet Mazur, David Rasche and Thad Luckinbill. Directed by Shawn Levy. Written by Sam Harper. Produced by Robert Simons. A Fox Release. Comedy. Rated PG-13 for sexual content, some crude humor and a brief drug reference. Running time 95 min

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