Many Ashton Kutcher movies are not well received by film critics, but the man still has drawing power at the box office. Kutcher is at his best in comedic roles; however, he has also given some solid performances in dramatic films. As long as he continues to mix up his movie choices he should remain a box office star.
“Dude, Where’s My Car”
This comedy came out in 2000, and stars Seann William Scott alongside Kutcher. The movie is about a lost car the two dudes must find. The two guys get wasted and forget where they left it. As they look for the car, they run into one obstacle after another. Despite all of their struggles the two dudes finally find their car and end up smoothing things out with their girlfriends.
This comedy was released in 2003 and stars Kutcher and the late Brittany Murphy. The couple get married against the wishes of Murphy’s rich family. They spend their honeymoon in Europe but get bored and go sightseeing on their own. The newlyweds find their marriage being tested, and must decide whether to tough it out or split up. Kutcher finally wins Murphy and her family over and they stick together at the end of the movie.
This is possibly Kutcher’s best dramatic role to date, as he stars along with Kevin Costner in this 2006 film. The two men are Coast Guard rescue divers, with Costner as the grizzled veteran teaching the ropes to newcomer Kutcher. Kutcher shows potential while breaking Costner’s swimming records. The two must team up to save the day but Kutcher is the only one who survives the final rescue.
“What Happens in Vegas”
Kutcher is back to his comedic self in this 2008 movie. Co-star Cameron Diaz is Kutcher’s love interest in the film, and the two have great chemistry on screen. After Kutcher’s character is fired and Diaz’ character gets dumped by her boyfriend, they wind up meeting each other in Vegas. In the aftermath of a night of drinking they impulsively get married. Kutcher’s character then hits a slot machine jackpot and Diaz wants her cut of the money since they are now married. The fight over the money is hilarious and makes you wonder if they will split up. In the end, though, they keep the money and stay together.
– Jeffrey Todd