Happens In Vegas, by Sandra Hall - 8th May 2008
The Sydney Morning Herald)
Amid the bright lights, Cameron
Diaz and Ashton Kutcher fail to generate even
the faintest of erotic sparks.
the Paul Simon song Fifty Ways To Leave Your Lover?
Well, Hollywood is steadily working its way through
every one. No romantic comedy is complete these
days without a break-up scene, the more sadistic
the better. If you're in the business of audience-identification,
as all rom coms are, it seems the gentle thrill
of falling in love is no longer enough. It doesn't
mesmerise the modern moviegoer nearly as effectively
as the dizzying sensation of being dumped.
(Cameron Diaz) receives the news just as she's
ushering her boyfriend in to his surprise birthday
party. The lights are low, the guests are safely
stowed behind the furniture and an anticipatory
hush has fallen on the room. At this moment, her
boyfriend decides to let her know that he is leaving
her for all sorts of reasons, some of which are
to do with the exhausting athleticism of her sexual
a girl to do? It depends on the girl. Meg Ryan
in a Nora Ephron movie would take to her bed to
wallow in a week's worth of chick flicks. Diane
Lane would take off for Tuscany and binge on house
renovations. But this is Diaz, who has carved
a career out of being a good sport. So the aptly
named Joy and her best friend, Tipper (Lake Bell),
fly to Las Vegas for a weekend of partying...