Directed by Shawn Levy and starring Ashton Kutcher, Brittany Murphy, Christian Kane, Monet Mazur, David Rasche and Veronica Cartwright.
What stands out about this romantic comedy (apart from leading actress Brittany Murphy's dazzling smile) is the fact that this film begins where other films usually end – when the on-screen couple decide to tie the knot. Instead of being primarily concerned with how the characters of Tom Leezak (Ashton Kutcher) and Sarah McNerney (Murphy) get together, 'Just Married' deals with how they cope with a disastrous honeymoon and the disapproval of family and friends at their having married so young and so soon after meeting.
The movie actually opens with Tom and Sarah returning from their honeymoon and instead of acting like conventional newlyweds, the pair are at each other's throats and they go their separate ways. But when Tom goes to work at a local radio station where he is the late night traffic reporter, he begins to reminisce with his producer about how he and Sarah met, fell in love, got married and then endured the honeymoon from hell.
Sarah is from a wealthy, snobby family, although she herself is more of a free spirit, bored with the predictability of her lavish upbringing. Not surprisingly, her parents and siblings are appalled at her choice of husband and her eagerness to settle down so young with someone so unsuitable. Another spanner in the works is her ex-boyfriend Peter's close relationship with Sarah's family, as Tom finds his presence uncomfortable. But the pair manage to make it to the altar and exchange vows and their relationship is so consuming, passionate and carefree, it is hard to imagine how a couple of weeks in Europe could turn this happy duo into the couple we meet in the first scene.
A relentless string of bad luck combined with Peter's meddling when he shows up at the couple's hotel tears Tom and Sarah's promising future apart as they begin to wonder if they really know the person they've vowed to spend the rest of their lives with. Have they have they made the biggest mistake of their young lives?
Although Kutcher's ever-growing band of fans will be delighted with his turn as a romantic lead, it is Murphy who steals the show as Sarah. She literally lights up the screen whenever she's on it and despite her tiny stature beside the strapping six-foot plus Kutcher she is a more-than-capable sparring partner and an endearing heroine. 'Just Married' is all about Tom and Sarah's relationship and Kutcher and Murphy are well-matched - a real-life couple, they have great chemistry, which makes this work far better than other recent rom-com combos.
The film was inspired by screenwriter Sam Harper's chaotic experiences on his own honeymoon in Italy and although the string of disasters that befall Tom and Sarah are at times far-fetched, they are amusing in no small part because of Kutcher and Murphy's comedic talents. However, 'Just Married' is more than just slapstick comedy as it actually has some emotional depth and you find yourself rooting for Tom and Sarah through all their trials. The limits of their young love are tested to the extreme but never once will you doubt that this pair belongs together.