This lowbrow romantic comedy, which is unlikely to sweep viewers off their feet, starts with the overused premise of a wealthy woman and an average Joe who fall in love despite her parents wholehearted disapproval. We first meet radio traffic announcer Tom Leezak (Ashton Kutcher) and Beverly Hills blonde Sarah McNerney Leezak (Brittany Murphy) at the airport as they return from their hellish honeymoon. As far as we (and they) can tell, the only thing the bickering couple have in common is that they both had a miserable time and can't stand the sight of each other. But once Tom has settled back into real life, he finds himself wistfully reminiscing about what attracted him to Sarah in the first place. His dreamy flashback takes up most of the movie, starting with the couple's first meeting (he accidentally knocked her out with a football) and continuing through to their present angry state. Their courtship is shown in brief snippets: Tom and Sarah fall in love in a bar over a pool table, overcome tragedy (he lies about accidentally killing her dog) and get engaged she proposed to him, of course. Sarah's hoity-toity family looks down their perfect noses at the goofy groom; they favor business dynamo Peter Prentiss (Christian Kane), who works with Sarah's dad and once spent a summer backpacking through Europe with the bride-to-be. Ignoring the McNerneys's warning that they're too young to be rushing into marriage (which doesn't really jibe with the fact that they're both college graduates who've been dating for nearly a year), Sarah and Tom wed and embark on their much-anticipated honeymoon. And that's where the marriage derails, taking the entire film with it. The couple endure one mishap after another: They injure a stewardess while attempting to join the mile-high club, get evicted from a castle after their vibrator causes an electrical incident, become trapped beneath a pile of snow in a compact car, and keep bumping into Peter, who tries to woo Sarah despite the fact that she's newly married. That the bulk of the action takes place in Tom's flashbacks is distracting and incongruous, particularly when he recalls incidents that involve Sarah on her own. The film's only sparks are generated by Tom's last-ditch attempt to win back Sarah's affections, but they come too late to redeem the picture from its surfeit of over-the-top physical comedy and crude jokes.
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- Released: 2003
- Rating: PG-13
- Review: This lowbrow romantic comedy, which is unlikely to sweep viewers off their feet, starts with the overused premise of a wealthy woman and an average Joe who fall in love despite her parents wholehearted disapproval. We first meet radio traffic announcer Tom… (more)