What Happens in Vegas


What Happens in Vegas

Critics 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.



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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, Rovi


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 Worker
Rick Garcia
as Fuller Closets Worker
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 Priest
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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Critic Reviews for What Happens in Vegas

All Critics (131) | Top Critics (39) | Fresh (34) | Rotten (97)

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

    Jun 7, 2008 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • The screenplay is awful, the direction is bland and the performances are beyond redemption.

    May 12, 2008
  • What Happens in Vegas contains enough unbridled silliness to salvage its lowbrow high concept.

    May 9, 2008 | Rating: 2.5/4

    John Anderson

    Top Critic
  • What Happens in Vegas... should have stayed in development -- forever. This ramshackle -- and occasionally repulsive -- farce doesn't even deliver on the minimal promise of its title; most of it takes place in Manhattan.

    May 9, 2008 | Full Review…
  • What Happens in Vegas refuses to take a gamble. Like a bleary-eyed gambler repeatedly tossing a pair of dice, it tiredly goes through the motions.

    May 9, 2008 | Rating: 2/4

    Claudia Puig

    USA Today
    Top Critic
  • Here's a romantic comedy that is goofy, highly implausible, sometimes over the top, often in bad taste, and resolutely empty-headed. In short, it's the best example of its genre to appear on the screen this year.

    May 9, 2008 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for What Happens in Vegas

  • Apr 26, 2014
    Even though I knew what was going to happen, I enjoyed it.
    Red L Super Reviewer
  • Jul 26, 2012
    An exhaustive comedy, that with silly humor and immature characters, especially Jack Fuller (Ashton Kutcher) a good looking guy, but that has a childish behavior, have luck in attractive women (a very cliche kind of character) and act like a real fool with Joy (Cameron Diaz), instead trying to be more nice, no matter how wrong she is and vice versa. Dispite have good comedians like: Rob Corddry, Jason Sudeikis and Zach Galifianakis, the awful screenplay doesn't give an opportunity, to they give more funny to Tom Vaughan's movie, that it's a bad and unfunny version of The Hangover, Sour Grapes and Love Stinks. Unsurprising and a true lost of time "What Happens in Vegas" it's one of the kind of movie that make some members of audience say: "What Happen in Vegas, should being in Vegas and nobody have ever make a movie about this." Rotten.
    Lucas M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 15, 2012
    Cliche romantic comedy formula didn't good, only laughed at the random Asian co-worker through out the entire film, I had to keep checking my watch. No doubt, it's painful to watch, the "Couple" looked great together, but the story didn't last.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Dec 02, 2011
    What Happends in Vegas has its moments of laughter and fun, but not enough to make uo for its predictability and laziness. Even Ashton Kutcher and Cameron Diaz can't save a movie this cliche.
    Bradley W Super Reviewer

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