Basically, it's Kutcher's off-handed performance that makes the film watchable--he's hilarious, relaxed and thoroughly engaging, even when he's behaving like a heel. Murphy is also quite good, but slightly more mannered, while the rest of the cast are barely on screen long enough to register. They work very well together, although their chemistry seems forced and only stays believable because we like each one individually. The situations are disastrous in a cute sort of way--quirky but gentle jabs at American-European conflicts, ludicrous coincidences, the bumpy path of true love, and so on. It's very easy to sit through, continuously engaging, sporadically humorous and generally endearing. But there's not a single surprise anywhere (except perhaps that it never veers into gross-out territory), and as the plot gets more and more predictable the filmmakers try desperately to win us over with increasing levels of energy and silliness. Fortunately, with Kutcher and Murphy on hand, we're already hooked.
dir Shawn Levy|
scr Sam Harper
with Ashton Kutcher, Brittany Murphy, Christian Kane, David Moscow, Monet Mazur, David Rasche, Veronica Cartwright, Raymond J Barry, Toshi Toda, Thad Luckinbill, David Agranov, Taran Killam
release US 10.Jan.03; UK 21.Mar.03
So whose is this? Sarah (Murphy) confronts Tom (Kutcher) with the evidence of his crime...
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