What Happens in Vegas (2008) - Rotten Tomatoes

What Happens in Vegas (2008)



Critic Consensus: What Happens in Vegas has a few laughs, but mostly settles for derivative romantic comedy conventions and receives little help from a pair of unlikable leads.

Movie Info

Two strangers (Cameron Diaz and Ashton Kutcher) find themselves hitched after a wild night of Las Vegas shenanigans in this 20th Century Fox comedy. Jack Fuller (Kutcher) is a single Manhattanite who can never quite commit to a permanent, long-term relationship and repeatedly hears from his lovers that he "isn't serious boyfriend material." Employed by his father (Treat Williams) at a local furniture business, Jack spends his workdays goofing off by watching sporting events behind dad's back. Joy McNally (Diaz) is faring slightly better; a young, polished urbanite, she juggles a demanding job as a trader on the NYSE with a marital engagement to the impressive Mason (Jason Sudeikis), but has modified her entire life and all of her interests to please her intended.Coincident with Mr. Fuller's decision to fire his son, Mason severs his engagement to Joy; as a result, both Jack and Joy hit the skids at around the same time and decide to cut their losses by heading out to Vegas. The two accidentally bump into one another when a computer mix-up at the hotel puts them in adjoining rooms; though they begin their acquaintanceship by bickering endlessly, they end up spending a long, drunken night on the town together, and when the sun rises and Joy comes to, she discovers that she unwittingly married Jack in the middle of the night. Alas, just when the two are about to call it quits by filing for divorce after the shortest marriage in history, Jack tosses a coin into a Vegas slot machine and hits a three-million-dollar jackpot -- which naturally pits the newlyweds against one another in an attempt to claim the full share of the money. A conservative local judge, R.D. Whopper (Dennis Miller), then adds the final twist by refusing to grant a divorce until Joy and Jack have given married life a fair shake. In time, the marrieds may just discover that this union isn't as far off the mark as they initially thought. Dennis Farina, Queen Latifah, and Zach Galifianakis round out the supporting cast. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovimore
Rating: PG-13 (for some sexual and crude content, and language, including a drug reference)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Directed By:
Written By: Dana Fox
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 26, 2008
Box Office: $80.2M
20th Century Fox - Official Site


Cameron Diaz
as Joy McNally
Ashton Kutcher
as Jack Fuller
Treat Williams
as Jack Fuller Sr.
Deirdre O'Connell
as Mrs. Fuller
Lake Bell
as Tipper
Zach Galifianakis
as Dave the Bear
Queen Latifah
as Dr. Twitchell
Ricky Garcia
as Fuller Closets Worke...
Rick Garcia
as Fuller Closets Worke...
Dennis Miller
as Judge Whopper
Amanda Setton
as Hot Woman
Toni Busker
as Hot Woman No.2
Jessica McKee
as Cute Girl
Ricardo Walker
as Male Cop Stripper
Valerie Orlik
as Female Cop Stripper
Ben Best
as Cab Driver
Clem Cheung
as Fruit Guy
Eric Zuckerman
as Tour Guide
Billy Eichner
as Band Leader
Maddie Corman
as Joy's Lawyer
Jerry V. Lindsay
as Wedding Chapel Pries...
Jennifer Trier
as Aunt Fuller
Ricahrd M. Schaeffer
as NYMEX Trader #1
Michael P. Molnar
as NYMEX Trader #2
John Eisenberg
as NYMEX Trader #3
Ciarant O'Kelly
as NYMEX Trader #4
Michael Harkins
as Team Leader
Patrick Knighton
as Team Leader #2
Adam Zuniga
as Mr. Chong/Brainiac
Aaron Nauta
as Hater's Friend #1
Christopher Negrin
as Hater's Friend #2
Brittany Dawn Beall
as Party Girl #2
Ariel Shafir
as Party Guy #2
Sheena Alonzo
as Amanda Diamond
Bradley Morone
as Club Manager
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News & Interviews for What Happens in Vegas

Critic Reviews for What Happens in Vegas

All Critics (132) | Top Critics (38)

a funny movie about the sexes that doesn't diminish either gender in its execution--a tougher task, obviously, than one would presume.

Full Review… | July 12, 2009
Film Freak Central

What Happens in Vegas has mediocre direction and a strained screenplay, so how can it be any good? What carries the film is its two stars. If Ashton Kutcher bothers you, you'll probably hate What Happens in Vegas. If Cameron Diaz leaves you

Full Review… | February 1, 2009
Fayetteville Free Weekly

Another predictable romantic comedy, one that insists that spending time locked into an unhappy marriage doesn't breed contempt, but sows love. [Blu-ray]

Full Review… | August 23, 2008
Groucho Reviews

As far fetched as the idea of guy disgust as the ultimate aphrodisiac may seem, Cameron and Ashton as the designated lovebirds keep the kinky marriage shocks and surprises coming. Move over Knocked Up. A Sex And The Sin City Vegas jackpot.

Full Review… | August 22, 2008

This derivative rom-com works best when the leads are exacting revenge on each other.

Full Review… | July 19, 2008
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

The combined verve Diaz and Kutcher bring to the table saves a routine time-killer from being entirely forgettable.

Full Review… | June 7, 2008
The Age (Australia)

Audience Reviews for What Happens in Vegas

They handpicked two of the most annoying (and terrible) actors to play these unbelievably detestable characters, in a loathsome romcom that panders to the lowest common denominator with a ludicrous premise and a heap of clichés from the first scene to the last.

Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

Even though I knew what was going to happen, I enjoyed it.

Red Lats

Super Reviewer


Totally predictable and I still enjoyed the ride.

Thomas Johnston

Super Reviewer

What Happens in Vegas Quotes

Jack Fuller: Hey don't get hit by a bus! Or do. Whatever.
– Submitted by Rodrigo G (2 years ago)
Joy McNally: I'd rather do nothing and be happy than do something I know I don't love.
– Submitted by Ben F (4 years ago)

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