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JUST MARRIED

Review by Chastity Campbell

Stars: Ashton Kutcher, Brittany Murphy
Director: Shawn Levy
Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Surround
Video: Anamorphic Widescreen 1.85:1, Full Frame 1.33:1
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Features: See Review
Length: 94 Minutes
Release Date: June 17, 2003

ďWelcome to the family, Tom!Ē

ďThank you, Mrs. McNerney.Ē

ďOh Tom, call me Pussy!Ē

Film ***

Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to prepare for one heck of a movie! 

I have to admit, I really wasnít looking forward to reviewing this movie.  I didnít go see it in theatres because of the reviews I had read, and the preview didnít really get me excited.  So when this disc arrived and it was time to watch it, I prepared myself for at best a B movie wannabe.  Imagine my surprise when I found myself unable to stop laughing!  

Just Married stars Ashton Kutcher, (That 70ís Show) and Brittany Murphy (8 Mile, Girl Interrupted) as a twenty-something twosome caught up in a whirlwind romance that leads to the honeymoon from hell!

We begin our journey as the Leezakís are returning from their honeymoon in Europe.  Itís an airport collage of very painful yet hilariously funny mishaps that let us know all did not go well on their trip.   Through the use of flashbacks and video clips we find out how this funny twosome went from being madly in love to just plain mad!

Kutcher plays Tom Leezak, a sports radio jock wanna be who falls madly in love with Sara, a spoiled rich girl whose daddy owns the Lakers and the Dodgers.   Kutcher reminds me of a young Chevy Chase.   Heís good looking with that slapstick appeal movie audiences just seem to go for.    For all you Chevy fans out there, Iím not saying theyíre exactly alike--itís more of a throwback to bring things into perspective.     

The chemistry between Kutcher and his co-start Brittany Murphy was excellent.  They play off of each otherís insanity through the whole movie, and despite other reviews, I think it worked very well.  

Director Shawn Levy did an excellent job of using natural settings to completely oppose the actions between the two characters in the movie.   This movie, shot on location in Los Angeles, France, and Venice, used these beautiful and naturally serene European settings as a backdrop for the most completely outrageous stunts and verbal sparring matches Iíve ever seen.  On the flipside of that, when the situation and locations around them were at their worst, the characters were completely content!   It has a total National Lampoon feel to it, and maybe thatís why I canít keep the image of Chevy Chase out of my head.

This movie is no brain trust, and the story could have used a little help because at 94 minutes long you donít really get to see enough to help you truly fall in love with the two main characters.  Still, it is a cute story with a happy ending, and if youíre looking for some fun entertainment that almost anyone can enjoy, this is your movie!

Video ***

This digital transfer brought to us compliments of 20th Century Fox contains both standard full screen and anamorphic widescreen formats.  

Most of the images were clean and free of problems.  However, there were a few scenes where things seemed soft and out of focus.  This wasnít enough to cause a significant problem, but it was annoying.  No visible dirt of grain through out leaves me happy with my overall viewing experience! 

Both widescreen and full screen versions were nice, but most of the outdoor scenes were enhanced more in the widescreen presentation than the full screen.

Audio***

Along with a beautiful visual presentation, you also get audio that is a cut above the rest.  The disc is presented in a 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround format, with very nice attention to detail regarding the mixing and balance of all five channels.   All sounds were crisp and clear with no distortion of any kind audible.

Features ***

This DVDís features come packed and ready for a nice test drive in your DVD player.

This is a dual sided disc with the full screen version on side A, and the widescreen version on side B.  

There is full-length audio commentary from the hilarious stars of the movie Ashton Kutcher and Brittany Murphy, while director Shawn Levy gives us a little more insight into the technical aspects of filming this picture.

There are some deleted scenes to view along with a making-of featurette that takes a behind the scenes where the real fun begins.

The menus on this disc are interactive and very easy to use.  The theatrical release trailers for The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Le Divorce, both due in theatres this summer, are also included.

But wait, thereís moreÖif you flip the disc over, youíll get to see Comedy Centralís Reel Comedy special on Just Married  I wonít go so far as to say itís hilarious, but youíll definitely have met your laugh quota for the day once youíre done.

Summary:

If you love comedies, then this DVD is definitely a must have!  Itís long on laughs but short on time, which means the old saying that big things come in small packages is true.  So pop the question to your video retailer and bring this movie home on DVD.