Made of Honour

Starring Cameron Diaz, Ashton Kutcher, Rob Corddry and Lake Bell. Directed by Tom Vaughan
Running Time: 95 mins
Rated: Rated M (moderate sexual references and coarse language)

Cameron Diaz and Ashton Kutcher star as two strangers whoawaken together to discover they got married following a night of debauchery in Las Vegas. They regret this drunken decision, and decide to split up until as they do one of them wins a $3million jackpot after playing the other's quarter on a slot machine.

The only way each has a chance to at least getting half the money is through a divorce settlement. Judge Whopper (Dennis Miller), however, wants to defend the bonds of marriage so he orders that before he will allow a divorce a carve up of the money, the couple must live together for six months, try and make the marriage work and attend couple counseling with Dr Twitchell (Queen Latifah). "I hereby sentence you to six months hard marriage', Whopper declares.

During their enforced and celibate cohabitation the newlyweds devise ever-escalating schemes to undermine each other and get their hands on the money - only to find themselves falling in love amidst the mutual backstabbing.

The title of this film plays with the common and contemporary throwaway line, "What happens on tour stays on tour'. The idea that we can become a different moral person away from home without any effect on our day-to-day lives is as naive as it is immoral. We are our behaviour at home or on tour, and, in a sense, our integrity is more to be judged when we think no one is looking then when we are under the usual scrutiny.

In the most circuitous of routes, and thanks to the judge, the stupidity of a Las Vegas marriage has ramifications at home for this hapless couple. Don't let it bother you that the set up of the film is wrong: Nevada divorces are as easy to procure as Nevada marriages, and with three million dollars at stake one wonders why they would begin their divorce proceedings in a New York Court.

Cameron Diaz again does the girly thing very well, but Ashton Kutcher again fails to impress on us his dramatic range. The film is well edited, but inexplicably there are several continuity mistakes and an extremely loud soundtrack.

There are a few laughs on the way through, but the ending is so utterly predictable it is merciful that it only takes 95 minutes to get there.

I was concerned that the slapstick comedy plays domestic violence for laughs and while trying to avoid very coarse language, which would have attracted a tougher rating, it pays no mind to how offensive the word whore, Jesus and Christ as are to some viewers.

If you saw the 1998 film Sour Grapes and the more recent How to Loose a Guy in 10 Days, then you already seen this imitation of those two - just rolled into one.

20th Century Fox Out May 8

Fr Richard Leonard SJ is the director of the Australian Catholic Office for Film & Broadcasting.

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