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Just Go With It Movie Review

Title: Just Go with It

Starring: Adam Sandler, Jennifer Aniston and Brooklyn Decker

Directed by: Dennis Dugan

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Having Adam Sandler headline a comedy movie still almost always guarantees a studio that fans will flock to the theater to see one of the most successful comedians of all time. Sandler thrives in roles in which his character feels he can joke himself out of any situation, and doesn’t have to take life or responsibilities seriously. His new film, ‘Just Go With It,’ co-starring Jennifer Aniston, is his latest project that tries to offer his successful set-up; however, with this movie, Sandler’s care-free, lax attitude happens to be his greatest flaw.

During the campaigning for ‘Just Go With It,’ Columbia Pictures seemed like it was the latest studio to solely appeal to Sandler’s built-in fan-base. The commercials seemed to promise another movie similar in premise and delivery to the comedian’s previous romantic comedies, such as ’50 First Dates.’ While screenwriters Allan Loeb and Timothy Dowling do, to some level, deliver a plot-line where Sandler’s character woes the girl of his dreams with his wit and charm, overall, true romantic comedy fans won’t be persuaded to just go with what the actor is delivering.

‘Just Go With It’ follows Sandler’s character, plastic surgeon Dr. Daniel “Danny” Maccabee, as he explains that after being hurt by his fiancée, he decides to pretend he’s in a bad marriage in order to pick up women. But after meeting Palmer (played by Brooklyn Decker), a young teacher, at a party, Danny feels that he’s finally met someone with whom he’s made a connection with.

However, when Palmer finds his fake wedding ring, Danny decides to enlist the help of his assistant, Katherine (portrayed by Jennifer Aniston). To win Palmer back, Danny pretends that he’s married to Katherine, but they’re going through a divorce. While at first Katherine is against the whole scheme, she finally decides to play along, even allowing Danny to pretend that her kids, Maggie (played by Bailee Madison) and Michael (portrayed by Griffin Gluck), are his. But complications arise along the way when Danny and Katherine begin to realize that their feelings for each other go far behind being friendly and professional.

What made ‘Just Go with It’ different from ’50 First Dates’ and Sandler’s other romantic comedies is that he barely has any romantic connections with Aniston. While the two are at ease with each other, cracking jokes as friends, it seems unlikely that they would really foster any romantic feelings or attraction towards each other. The two are more comfortable on screen together in the beginning of the movie, when Katherine is constantly making jokes about Danny’s inability to fully commit to anything.

The entire concept of ‘Just Go With It’ is also stretched thin over the course of its plot-line. Danny finds it easier to lie to woman about his personal life to garner their interest for a one-night stand, but keeping the lie going for his entire relationship with Palmer during the whole movie becomes redundant. There are only so many fresh jokes that can be aimed at Danny during a 110-minute movie before it gets stale.

Instead of placing Danny’s fake relationship with Palmer at the fore-front of the plot, Dugan could have made the film more entertaining if he introduced Danny’s doubt about their relationship earlier. While Sandler is known for his comedy, creating a bigger balance between his character’s humor and internal conflicts could have shown more of his versatility as an actor.

The actress who really deserves acclaim for her role is Nicole Kidman, who portrayed Devlin Adams, one of Katherine’s former sorority sisters. Devlin runs into Katherine and Danny while they’re vacationing in Hawaii, and Devlin desperately tries to prove how well her life is going with her husband. Having just come off her Academy Award-nominated performance in the drama ‘Rabbit Hole,’ in which she plays a mother who lost her son, in ‘Just Go With It’ Kidman steals every scene she’s in. Kidman effortlessly makes Devlin pretentious in a witty way, as she goes after what she wants without feeling guilty about it.

Aniston surely hoped Sandler’s success with romantic comedies in the past would help revive her career after her last few movies, including last year’s ‘The Switch’ and ‘The Bounty Hunter,’ flopped with critics and fans alike. Disappointedly, her fans can’t just go with her new film, as its plot is low on ideas and its jokes become repetitive. With the exception of Kidman’s fantastic versatility, comedy fans should just skip ‘Just Go With It’ in theaters, as it offers few laughs and even less of a story.

Written by: Karen Benardello

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As a life-long fan of entertainment, particularly films, television and music, and an endless passion for writing, Karen Benardello decided to combine the two for a career. She graduated from New York's LIU Post with a B.F.A in Journalism, Print and Electronic. While still attending college, Karen began writing for Shockya during the summer of 2007, when she began writing horror movie reviews. Since she began writing for Shockya, Karen has been promoted to the position of Senior Movies & Television Editor. Some of her duties in the position include interviewing filmmakers and musicians, producing posts on celebrity news and contributing reviews on albums and concerts. Some of her highlights include attending such festivals and conventions as the Tribeca Film Festival, the New York Film Festival, SXSW, Toronto After Dark, the Boston Film Festival and New York Comic-Con.

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3 Comments

  1. Retzilla

    February 13, 2011 at 10:33 am

    Good lord, did this woman actually see the film! I'm not even a Sandler fan and I thought it was one of the funniest movies I've ever seen. Jennifer Aniston actually brought the goods and Brooklyn Decker showed some acting chops as well as being impossibly hot!

  2. Karenlippai

    February 14, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    Peoples likes and dislikes are different. As far as I am concerned I have not seen someone (Jennifer) work as hard and put up with so much bull and mean comments, but still does what she loves, because the day will come, I hope that they eat there words. If I was her I would shut down and the people would be looking for her next project.

  3. Karenlippai

    February 20, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    Okay just went this afternoon and saw Just Go With It. Went with my husband and we both laughed and thought the movie was good and funny. The connection between Jennifer and Adam was great, and the dance with Nicole and Jennifer was the best. You know I don” know what the critics saw, but they were at the wrong movie. So they should Just Go With It.

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