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"Just Married"



"Just Married" ... it has predictable situations, arguments and conclusion.

A TWENTIETH CENTURY Fox venture, this apparently came about when screenplay writer Sam Harper's own honeymoon turned sour. And he thought that made for a great story on screen. And the producer thought it was great too. And so we have the romance of a young, radio announcer Tom Leezak (Ashton Kutcher) and young, rich, idle Sarah McNerney (Brittany Murphy) chronicled in rather painful details about how they fall in love, with reluctant approval from her parents and family, rush into marriage and find out on their honeymoon that all is certainly not well. For one thing, he has no clue that she is a history buff and she certainly didn't know that he was a soccer freak. And oh the small car that her new husband rents on their holiday is most inappropriate, just as the run down mansion crawling with cockroaches he finds in Italy. Tom finds that apart from contending with her father's constant disapproval, there is the more eligible Peter always around to pick up the pieces. And when things are going really wrong, Peter shows up in Venice and even persuades a very unhappy Sarah into going on a romantic day trip. When he brings her back to the hotel (now put up by her father's largesse), he kisses her while bidding goodnight — waiting in anger is Tom who cannot wait to lash out at her. As expected it gets most acrimonious and they go back without finishing the honeymoon. Once back, they separate only to find that they do love each other. And Tom advised by his father goes to win Sarah back.

The film directed by Shawn Levy, is one of those ventures that have predictable situations, arguments and conclusions. Heavy on the slapstick, the film evokes a few laughs here and there, but remains largely a tedious exercise with too many escapades.

Brittany as Sarah is sometimes rather vacuous at times vulnerable. And Ashton as Tom is not exactly endearing.

CHITRA MAHESH

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