Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5. USA, 1996. Bergman Lustig Productions, Curb Entertainment. Story by Dana Lustig, Annette Goliti Gutierrez, Screenplay by Annette Goliti Gutierrez. Cinematography by Kent L. Wakeford. Produced by Ram Bergman, Carole Curb Nemoy, Mike Curb, Dana Lustig. Music by Tal Bergman, Paul Gordon. Production Design by Shay Austin. Costume Design by Dana Allyson. Film Editing by Caroline Ross.
When soon-to-be-married Julie Warner is dumped just days before her wedding, she and her roommates (Paulina Porizkova and Illeana Douglas) come up with a crazy scheme to beat the blues: instead of putting up with all their family members pitying their being unmarried, why not just go to Las Vegas, get married for a day and then have the divorce papers to serve as proof that they can land husbands? Great idea, but you won’t fall for the premise for even a second with the beautiful and headstrong women that have been assembled to play the leads. Sure, the plot would pass for a fluffy eighties comedy, but these gals have got too much going on to really go for something like this. However, once on their trip to Vegas, director Dana Lustig (doing a terribly lazy job with the film otherwise) wisely lets their personalities shine and the result is a ridiculous but enjoyable buddy movie with lots of good laughs. Porizkova is especially good, while Douglas’ fantastic comic timing pretty much steals every scene she’s in, and she enjoys great chemistry with love interest Jonathan Penner.