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
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!
This digital transfer brought to us compliments of 20th
Century Fox contains both standard full screen and anamorphic widescreen
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
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.
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.
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
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.Ē I wonít go so far
as to say itís hilarious, but youíll definitely have met your laugh quota
for the day once youíre done.