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What Happens In Vegas

Genre: Romantic Comedy

Reviewed In Issue 135 (Oct 2008) Of Widescreen Review®

Cameron Diaz, Ashton Kutcher, Rob Corddry, Lake Bell, Treat Williams, Dennis Farina, Jason Sudeikis, Dennis Miller & Queen Latifah

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3.5
DD Sound Rating: 3
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 2.5
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Special Features
Special features include a commentary track by Director Tom Vaughan and Editor Matt Friedman, an eight-minute featurette Sitting Down With Cameron And Ashton, an eight-minute mock interview with Friedman in DVD Extra Time With Zac Galifianakis, a three-minute faux television commercial From The Law Firm Of Stephen J. Hader, Esq., a five-minute gag reel, six deleted/extended scenes, a digital copy of the film to download to your Mac or PC, and previews.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 22454310
(MPAA Rating): PG-13
(Rating Reason):

Some sexual and crude content, and language including a drug reference
(Retail Price): $34.98
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 101
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2008
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 08/26/08
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Tom Vaughan
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Joy McNally (Diaz) is a successful, ambitious Manhattanite who decides to head to Vegas for a bit of fun after her fiance calls off their engagement. Jack Fuller (Kutcher) is a complete slacker, who after being fired by his dad from the family's cabinet business, decides he needs a crazy weekend away, and he too decides Vegas is the perfect destination. A hotel mistake assigns the same room to Joy and Jack, and the two strangers decide to go out for a night on the town. Drinking and debauchery lead to an unintended marriage ceremony, and Jack and Joy soon realize that they must end the ill-fated union. But while arguing in the casino, Jack takes a quarter from Joy and drops it into a slot machine, where he wins the super-jackpot of $3 million. So much for What Happens In Vegas stays in Vegas, when the Judge decides that Joy and Jack must give married life a try before divorcing and sentences the two to six months matrimonial time. (Stacey Pendry)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.32:1 DVD shows good saturation and solid black levels when the action is indoors or at night, but outdoors during the day colors appear desaturated and too light. Resolution is good, but there are scenes that look uncharacteristically soft, with noticeable compression artifacts. Fleshtones appear plugged up, with harsh orange highlights. Shadows are delineated well, and the picture can have a naturally dimensional appearance. Edge enhancement is minor, and not a big distraction. (Danny Richelieu)

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