Just Go With It

2011-03-18 14:36
 
What it's about:

Danny (Adam Sandler), a wealthy plastic surgeon, has developed a dating MO that has had surprisingly good results. He pretends to be a married man who is abused by his non-existent wife. When he meets Palmer (Brooklyn Decker), he drops the act because he thinks she's 'the one'. However, when she finds his handy prop - a wedding band - Danny has some explaining to do. He ropes in his assistant Katherine (Jennifer Aniston) to play his "ex-wife" and her kids play along to form one big fake happy family. An impromptu trip to Hawaii forces everyone to dial up their acting skills and figure out their feelings.

What we thought:

This movie title is a metaphor for the way most mediocre movies get made: As long as there's some slapstick comedy, big names and boobs, there's no reason not to just go with it. It's a guaranteed cash cow.

Sadly, most people standing in line at the cinema will be thinking along the same line: The movie offers a lot of visual stimulation in exchange for very little mental input, so why not just go with it?

Not that there's anything wrong with making a movie with slapstick, stars and boobs - as long as you do it decently.

Sandler's formula is fast becoming stale, and instead of pulling up his socks he's resting on his shaky laurels.

There's not really much to say about Sandler's performance because he plays the same jerk he did in Click, I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry and just about every movie he's been in. His characters seem to be losing that "adorable asshole" quality, though. In a particular scene with the kids Danny manages to put his feelings before a child missing his absent father. A winning character indeed. Perhaps Sandler should replace Charlie in Two and A Half Men.

Just Go With It is mildly entertaining, but it's insulting. Watching Supermodel Brooklyn Decker trying to act is cringeworthy! I wonder how she feels being upstaged by an 11-year-old?

Bailee Madison, who plays Katherine's daughter Maggie, is outstanding as the rambunctious actress in training who's got her English accent just about down-pat.

And then there's Jennifer Aniston. She too is guilty of flogging the same old character - give or take a few kids - over and over. It's all rather unremarkable, except for her visual transformation. When Danny pays to have his medical assistant turned into a Real Housewife of Orange County, it's a fantastic and hilarious sight to witness.

The film's only other redeeming quality is Nicole Kidman's animated performance as Katherine's psycho college roommate Devlin.

Just Go With It is simply a tits 'n ass fest with a well-known cast.




Another movie where Adam Sandler plays a jerk who miraculously gets the girl.
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Louis 2011/03/21 10:01 PM
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I agree with everything written above, all the actors play roles they have become associated with etc. On one aspect do have to disagree though, the movie was HILARIOUS! I have never laughed so much in a cinema. The story was predictable, but done with lots of laughs and not as slapstick as other Sandler comedies.
Ricky 2011/03/22 12:08 PM
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I have to disagree with everything written above. Due to a bad review we almost didnt go and watch the movie but thank goodness better judgement took its place. I went with about 10 other people to the 8 o'clock show and we were all ready to go watch it again at the later show. The movie was hilarious from start to finish and even though it may have been a bit predictable, it was still thouroughly enjoyed. With all the stress and bad news going around this was just the tonic to lift our spirits. I urge people to make their own decisions about movies like this and not base their opinions on what people like Sam Brighton have to say.
Adrian 2011/03/22 12:47 PM
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My wife dragged me to this - I normally hate the crass and vulgar Adam Sandler comedies, I was pleasantly surprised. It was actually quite funny and I really enjoyed it.
Wayne 2011/03/22 2:39 PM
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Laughed myself silly especially when the guy gives the Lamb Sheep P R!
Renee 2011/03/22 4:49 PM
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Loved it!!!Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston - always good for entertainment and a laugh.
Anja 2011/03/23 6:42 AM
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Adam Sandler's character is getting 'old' He should really try and stretch himself a bit when it comes to his character typing.
Raine 2011/03/28 7:35 AM
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I absolutely LOVED IT. Okay so this is exactly oscar winning material, but most of the oscar worthy movies are boring. If you are in the mood for some good laughs where no deep thinking is required, then this is the movie for you. I went with my 14 yr old niece and her 2 male friends, my mom, my sisters and some other ladies and we all loved it! In a nutshell, it was funny.
percy 2011/04/15 6:45 PM
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who doesnt love Adam Sandler, well the man is insane i love his movies and 'just go with it' is fantabulous. the man can crack some some bones
mathapelo 2011/04/16 3:24 PM
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i love this already, 2 of my favorite characters(Adam nd Jeniffer)..must see
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