Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Shawn Levy|
|Produced by||Robert Simonds
Lauren Shuler Donner
|Written by||Sam Harper|
|Music by||Christophe Beck|
|Edited by||Scott Hill
|Distributed by||20th Century Fox|
|Box office||$101.5 million|
Just Married is a 2003 American romantic comedy film directed by Shawn Levy, and was written by Sam Harper, and starring Ashton Kutcher and Brittany Murphy. Produced by Robert Simonds, the film was successful at the box office despite generally negative critical reviews.
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The film starts off with Tom and Sarah in the airport. The film then shows their life together from the moment they met up to the present. Tom Leezak (Ashton Kutcher) and Sarah McNerney (Brittany Murphy) meet up when Tom accidentally hits Sarah with a football. A few months later, despite opposition from Sarah's rich, uptight family, they get married. However they each have a secret that they want to keep from each other: Tom doesn't want Sarah to know that he accidentally killed her dog and Sarah doesn't want Tom to know she slept with Peter Prentiss (Christian Kane), a family friend. Tom and Sarah decide to honeymoon at a classy hotel at the foot of the Alps. On their way there, they attempt to join the mile high club, but fail when the captain turns on the fasten seat belt sign and they are forced to go back to their seats.
They arrive at the hotel and discover that Tom's friend Kyle left them a present: the Thunderstick A-200, which is a sex toy. Tom tries to plug the toy in the socket, but the plug isn't built for a European outlet and he shuts down the entire village's electricity when he tries to force it in. The newlyweds leave the hotel after Tom has a heated argument with the hotel owner. While trying to find another hotel they crash and get buried under a heap of snow, but they are able to climb out in the morning. Eventually, they get a ride from a truck driver and end up staying at a pensione in Venice. The pensione turns out to be very bad, and they soon check out after Tom discovers a cockroach on his neck while the couple are attempting to make love.
The couple manage to secure a nice hotel with the financial help of Sarah's father, who demands that Tom pay the money back as soon as he can. The next day they go sightseeing in Venice, but Tom quickly gets bored and the couple decide to split up for the day: Tom going to the bar to watch sports and his wife continuing to see Venice. Sarah realizes that Peter is staying at her hotel. This prompts her to initiate a conversation with Tom in which he reveals that he accidentally killed her dog and she reveals she slept with Peter Prentiss. The couple storm out of the hotel and each go their separate ways: Tom going back to the bar, where he meets a girl, and Sarah going sightseeing again, and meeting up with Peter. The girl begins to flirt with Tom and the two end up dancing. When Tom realizes she wants to have sex with him, he makes an excuse and escapes through the bathroom window. He goes back to the hotel, only to find that Sarah is with Peter. This prompts him to go back to the bar yet again, where the girl finds him again. Tom tries to think of a clever way to get out of his situation, and agrees to walk with the girl to the hotel. Once in Tom and Sarah's room, the girl rips off her top. Tom then blurts out that he's on his honeymoon, and the girl finally leaves.
Peter convinces Sarah to go with him for a drink, promising her a ride home. He eventually takes her home and kisses her, but she slaps him and tells him that she's on her honeymoon. Tom sees the kiss but does not see her slap him and assumes that Sarah is having a relationship with Peter. This prompts him to initiate an argument with Sarah, during which she finds a bra that the girl who Tom was with left behind. Peter bursts in the room tells Sarah to run away with him to Seattle. Tom equips himself with a fire poker and starts shouting at Peter, breaking things in the process. Peter runs away from the scene, asking the maître d' to call the police. Tom chases Peter out of the hotel where Tom gets arrested, and he and Sarah end up in a prison cell for a non-parole period of 28 years. Peter bails them out and this time the couple, angry at each other, decide to go home to Los Angeles.
The film switches to the present, where Sarah has moved out and Tom wants to get back with her. Upon receiving advice from his father (Raymond J. Barry), Tom attempts to break into Sarah's family's household to tell her that he loves her, but gives up after unsuccessfully trying to ram the gate. However, Sarah opens the gate herself after seeing Tom make a romantic speech to the camera and the two rush out to proclaim their love for each other. Sarah's family finally accepts Tom and Sarah's relationship. The film ends with the couple recounting events from the honeymoon.
- Ashton Kutcher as Tom Leezak
- Brittany Murphy as Sarah McNerney Leezak
- Christian Kane as Peter Prentiss
- David Moscow as Kyle
- Monét Mazur as Lauren
- David Rasche as Mr. Dan McNerney
- Veronica Cartwright as Mrs. McNerney aka Pussy
- Thad Luckinbill as Willie McNerney
- David Agranov as Paul McNerney
- Taran Killam as Dickie McNerney
- Raymond J. Barry as Mr. Leezak
- Valeria Andrews as Wendy
- Karen Strassman as Additional Voices
Though successful at the box office, Just Married was released to generally negative critical reviews with a "Rotten" score of 20% from Rotten Tomatoes and the website's consensus stating: "Just Married's plot is predictable, and the overdone pratfalls get tiresome." Two out of five stars from MSN, and 28 out of 100 from Metacritic.
The film earned three Razzie Award nominations including Worst Actor (Ashton Kutcher), Worst Supporting Actress (Brittany Murphy) and Worst Screen Couple (Kutcher and Murphy), but failed to win in each of these categories.
Just Married was successful at the box office. On a modest budget of $18 million, the film went on to gross $56,127,162 domestically and earned an additional $45,437,773 in foreign box office receipts, giving it a total worldwide gross of $101,564,935.