January 27, 2003 12:00 PM

Ashton Kutcher, Brittany Murphy

Ashton Kutcher and Murphy are mismatched newlyweds—working-class lug, rich man’s daughter—who come unglued during a string of farcical honeymoon mishaps. A skimpy, preprogrammed romance, Married is better suited to Ashton Kutcher, with his one-note goofball adorableness, than Murphy. She plays cute, but her knack is for slower, lower-energy comedy. Here she’s like a jet-lagged Reese Witherspoon. (PG-13)

BOTTOM LINE: Not engaging

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