Just Married

Just Married

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Director: Shawn Levy

Cast: Ashton Kutcher, Brittany Murphy, Christian Kane

     
 

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Can a new marriage survive meddling friends, disapproving families, and some of the worst accommodations in Europe? That's the question posed in this broad comedy. Tom Leezak (Ashton Kutcher) is a regular guy who likes sports and beer and tries to make ends meet working as a nighttime radio traffic reporter. Sarah McNerney (Brittany Murphy) is a beautiful young woman… See more details below

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Can a new marriage survive meddling friends, disapproving families, and some of the worst accommodations in Europe? That's the question posed in this broad comedy. Tom Leezak (Ashton Kutcher) is a regular guy who likes sports and beer and tries to make ends meet working as a nighttime radio traffic reporter. Sarah McNerney (Brittany Murphy) is a beautiful young woman from a wealthy and privileged family who is trying to make a name for herself as a writer. Tom and Sarah have seemingly nothing in common, but that doesn't stop them from falling in love. Sarah's family doesn't much care for Tom's boorish ways, and Tom's buddies think Sarah is too highbrow for him, but, if anything, this makes the couple all the more determined to be together, and they decide to get married and head off to Italy for a month-long honeymoon despite the pleas of those closest to them. However, even after the knot is tied, Sarah's former beau, Peter Prentiss (Christian Kane), is dead set upon breaking up the happy couple, though as it turns out, a seemingly endless stream of bad luck and post-marital jitters may do the job for him. Just Married was written by Sam Harper, who claims to have loosely based the script on his own experiences on an ill-starred European honeymoon with his wife; fortunately, the couple's marriage survived the experience.

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Just Married would be indistinguishable from a dozen other Ashton Kutcher vehicles if it weren't for Brittany Murphy goosing it with nutty energy. Murphy rarely gets the credit she deserves for her googly eyes and expert pratfalls, which make her as much an heir apparent to Lucille Ball as any comic actress working today; however, it's not enough to elevate Just Married above a predictable comedy of errors set against a European backdrop. The film makes a structural misstep by opening near the end of the story with the newlyweds angrily poking and tripping each other as they weave toward baggage claim, more like elementary school kids than adults returning from an albeit disastrous honeymoon. When the actual calamities of their trip unfold and don't measure up to that level of exaggerated behavior, it leaves a bad taste. It's as though screenwriter Sam Harper made the wrong parts of the script wacky. He avoids the pitfalls of films like Eurotrip and National Lampoon's European Vacation --- it's asking for trouble to send a script through each European nation only to spoof its locals and customs. But he's weak at a more ambitious task, writing funny scenes that don't rely on ethnic stereotyping. Too bad, because Murphy and even Kutcher prove themselves capable, notably during a scene of gonzo panic as a cockroach the size of a fist crawls along Kutcher's neck.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/10/2012
UPC:
0024543760306
Original Release:
2003
Rating:
PG13
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
A
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:35:00
Sales rank:
31,349

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ashton Kutcher Tom Leezak
Brittany Murphy Sarah
Christian Kane Peter Prentis
David Moscow Kyle
Monet Mazur Actor
David Rasche Mr. McNerney
Veronica Cartwright Mrs. McNerney
Thad Luckinbill Willie McNerney
David Agranov Paul McNerney
Taran Killam Dickie McNerney
Raymond J. Barry Mr. Leezak
Toshi Toda Yuan
Valeria Andrews Wendy

Technical Credits
Shawn Levy Director
Christophe Beck Score Composer
Jonathan Brown Cinematographer
K.C. Fox Set Decoration/Design
Sam Harper Screenwriter
Scott Hill Editor
Sheila Jaffe Casting
Josh Lusby Set Decoration/Design
Debra McGuire Costumes/Costume Designer
Josie Rosen Executive Producer
Nina Ruscio Production Designer
Marty Eli Schwartz Asst. Director
Lauren Shuler-Donner Executive Producer
Ira Shuman Co-producer
Robert Simonds Producer
Troy Sizemore Art Director
Tracey Trench Executive Producer
Georgianne Walken Casting
Mark Weingarten Sound/Sound Designer
Don Zimmerman Editor

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Scene Index

Full-length audio commentary by Ashton Kutcher, Brittany Murphy and Director Shawn Levy; Deleted scenes with optional Director's commentary; Comedy Central's Reel Comedy: Just Married; Making-of featurette

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