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Just Married

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Directed by Shawn Levy
Produced by Robert Simonds
Written by Sam Harper
Starring Ashton Kutcher
Brittany Murphy
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release date(s) January 10, 2003
Running time 95 min.
Language English
Budget $18 million
Gross revenue $101,564,935

Just Married is a romantic comedy film directed by Shawn Levy and written by Sam Harper which opened on January 10, 2003. It stars Ashton Kutcher and the late Brittany Murphy.

In its opening week, the film was number one, making $17 million at the box office. It stayed in the Top 10 for 4 weeks.



The film starts off with Tom and Sarah in the airport.A few months earlier, 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. 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-2000, 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 making 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 where 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 to the bar, where he meets a girl, and Sarah going sightseeing again, where she meets 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 toilet window. He goes back to the hotel, only to find out that Sarah is with Peter. This prompts him to go back to the bar, where he meets the girl again, and this time agrees to have sex with her. However, Tom begins to have second thoughts and reveals that he's married when they're in the bedroom, making the girl leave. 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 Peter was with left behind. Sarah throws an ashtray at Tom, hitting him in the head, and making him act crazy. Peter bursts in the room and begs 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. He eventually runs out of the hotel where Tom gets arrested, and he and Sarah end up in a prison cell. Peter bails them out and this time the couple, angry at each other, decide to go home to Los Angeles for marriage.

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, 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 with a German Shepherd blocking the front gate. However Sarah opens the gate after seeing Tom make a romantic speech to the camera and the two rush out to proclaim their love for each other. The film ends with the couple recounting events from the honeymoon and Sarah's family finally approving of their marriage and people from town knowing everything about it. There is also the chance for some interviews after the marriage has been confirmed by the priest who married Tom and Sarah.

Critical reception

Just Married was released to overwhelmingly negative reviews with a score of 20% from Rotten Tomatoes[1]. It received 1.5 stars from Allmovie [2], four out of five stars from MSN Movies[3] and 28 from Metacritic[4].

Box Office

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[5].


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