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Review: Just Go With It

Feb. 11, 2011by: Chris Bumbray

PLOT: Danny (Adam Sandler) is a middle aged plastic surgeon, who passes himself off as married in order to make sure all of his flings stay one night stands. One day, he meets the gorgeous Palmer (Brooklyn Decker), and immediately falls head over heels in love with her. Problem is- she thinks he’s married. Unwilling to be a home breaker, Danny passes off his assistant Katherine (Jennifer Aniston) as his soon-to-be-ex wife, but when her kids end up in Danny’s story, the whole scheme becomes more and more complicated. It all culminates in a trip to Hawaii, where sparks begin to fly between Danny and Katherine, despite his lust for the willing Palmer.

REVIEW: JUST GO WITH IT. What an ironic title, as that’s what I kept whispering to myself when I was caught in a preview screening of this film with an audience that was reacting to it like it was the second coming of THE HANGOVER. I don’t know what it is with Adam Sandler, and why he’s been able to cast such a spell over the average moviegoer the way he has, with all of his films of almost all of his comedies since the late nineties grossing over $100 million apiece. This is despite the fact that, other than the unique PUNCH-DRUNK LOVE, FUNNY PEOPLE, and REIGN OVER ME, he arguably hasn’t done a really good comedy since THE WEDDING SINGER.


Lately his films have become increasingly painful to watch, with the recent GROWN-UPS being a dubious low point in his career; although financially it was a hit, so I guess in Hollywood’s eyes, he’s still at his peak. For a former fan of his, such as myself, his recent films have been insultingly bad, as he doesn’t even seem to be trying anymore. JUST GO WITH IT is yet another of his lazy efforts, with this being nothing more than a collection of lame, low-brow jokes, worked into a loose (and I mean LOOSE) remake of the old Walter Matthau, Goldie Hawn, Ingrid Bergman romp, CACTUS FLOWER.

As always, Sandler gets to play a can’t miss ladies man (with recent films allowing him to hook up with Kate Beckinsale, Jessica Biel, Emmanuel Chriqui, Marissa Tomei, Salma Hayek, and others that are equally as hot). Here, he gets to romance both Jennifer Aniston, and the almost supernaturally hot Brooklyn Decker, who looks like she was engineered in a sexy lab somewhere by the guys from WEIRD SCIENCE.

You gotta love the fact that Jennifer Aniston, with her perfectly toned bod, is playing the wallflower, that Sandler has to evolve towards falling in love with. Aniston’s still a bloody gorgeous woman, and her playing a gal that can’t get a date strikes me as a tad ludicrous. While I haven’t been a fan of her recent films, I will say this- Aniston is actually quite likable here, and probably the best thing about the film.

As for Sandler, he’s strictly on auto-pilot throughout, playing the same guy he’s played over and over. Instead of being a ladies’ man slacker like BIG DADDY, a ladies’ man firefighter like I NOW PRONOUNCE YOU CHUCK AND LARRY or a ladies ’ man agent like GROWN UPS, he plays a ladies’ man plastic surgeon. Nice to see he’s stretching- or not…


The much-hyped Brooklyn Decker, soon to steam up movie screens in the absurd sounding BATTLESHIP, is fine as his sexy love interest, although she’s not called on to do much other than lounge around in a bikini. In that respect, I’m not complaining.

As the wacky sidekick, we get Nick Swardson, who’s becoming something of a Sandler stock-player. Basically, he’s the guy who can’t land a date, and a weak-ass plot device sees him tagging along on the trip to Hawaii, posing as a sheep herder named Dolph Lundgren. Sigh. Naturally, there’s a scene in the film where he tries to revive an intentionally fake-looking sheep via CPR, that I swear, seems like it was stolen right out of ME, MYSELF, & IRENE, albeit with a sheep swapped in for a cow.

Nicole Kidman also turns up in a gloried cameo, as Aniston's old college nemesis. Kidman really does not have a flair for comedy, which was obvious enough in BEWITCHED. The only thing that's kinda funny about her role is Dave Matthews (yes, THE Dave Matthews) who plays her husband, who proclaims himself the inventor of the iPod. He's funnier than anyone else in the film.

Suffice to say, I really, really hated JUST GO WITH IT. The only way my buddy Nick and I were able to entertain ourselves in the particularly painful final half hour, was by narrating the film Werner Herzog style. I just couldn’t help it, as nothing about JUST GO WITH IT struck me as remotely funny, or original. Even the soundtrack, which is comprised of hits by The Police, mixed with current soft pop hits, felt tacked on. To me, JUST GO WITH IT only proved one thing, which is that Sandler seems incapable of making a good film when paired with his ‘Happy Madison ‘crew. I’m sure they’re a bunch of great guys, but this is just lazy, lazy movie-making. That said, it’ll probably still gross $100 Million. Sigh.

Source: JoBlo.com

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4:39PM on 07/06/2011
I know this is an old review Chris, but I have to say that you are dead on with this review - This was actually painful to watch. I don't think I have hated a "comedy" as much as this in a long time. Like you, I give everything a chance, but I found no redeeming qualities about this movie with it's paper thin "plot" and am sick of watching Sandler playing himself. At least he is a nice guy; so he's got THAT going for him---which is nice. I agree with you 95% of the time, but you have got to
I know this is an old review Chris, but I have to say that you are dead on with this review - This was actually painful to watch. I don't think I have hated a "comedy" as much as this in a long time. Like you, I give everything a chance, but I found no redeeming qualities about this movie with it's paper thin "plot" and am sick of watching Sandler playing himself. At least he is a nice guy; so he's got THAT going for him---which is nice. I agree with you 95% of the time, but you have got to mark this even lower brother, but I guess I could see a 3 for the location and Dave Matthews.
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5:22PM on 02/13/2011
*double post*
*double post*
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5:19PM on 02/13/2011

LOL...

Yet another in a long line of critics who hate on Adam Sandler movies. I wonder what its like for a movie critic to realize that no matter what you do you can't stop him from making money...that's gotta suck.
Yet another in a long line of critics who hate on Adam Sandler movies. I wonder what its like for a movie critic to realize that no matter what you do you can't stop him from making money...that's gotta suck.
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2:15PM on 02/13/2011
I saw this and I enjoyed it and laughed. That's all I care about.
I saw this and I enjoyed it and laughed. That's all I care about.
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3:18PM on 02/11/2011
Man! this was a great review! Way better than I was expeceting...*sarcasm*
Man! this was a great review! Way better than I was expeceting...*sarcasm*
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2:49PM on 02/11/2011

A QUESTION

how does it compare to Grown Ups? I thought that movie was going to suck, and a lot of people said it was going to suck, but when I finally watched it I found out it was a hilarious laid back slapstick comedy and was start to finish enjoyable, apart from the annoyance that is Salma Hayek... so how does Just Go With It compare to Grown Ups? Better, worse? More of a romantic comedy (as they're trying their damnedest to say other in the commercials)
how does it compare to Grown Ups? I thought that movie was going to suck, and a lot of people said it was going to suck, but when I finally watched it I found out it was a hilarious laid back slapstick comedy and was start to finish enjoyable, apart from the annoyance that is Salma Hayek... so how does Just Go With It compare to Grown Ups? Better, worse? More of a romantic comedy (as they're trying their damnedest to say other in the commercials)
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7:53PM on 02/11/2011
i think they've been trying to push the romantic parts since valentine's day is coming up soon
i think they've been trying to push the romantic parts since valentine's day is coming up soon
10:06PM on 02/11/2011
Have you seen the previews though? It's like some sort of weird psychology their trying to use...

"this Valentine's day, take your date to Just Go With It... because it's NOT a Valentine's day movie"

errr... what?
Have you seen the previews though? It's like some sort of weird psychology their trying to use...

"this Valentine's day, take your date to Just Go With It... because it's NOT a Valentine's day movie"

errr... what?
1:30PM on 02/11/2011
I would just be able to ignore movies like this if I didn't know he had amazing raw talent (Punch Drunk Love). After seeing Funny People I thought that his character may have been him actually reflecting on the fact that he is just making empty, lazy comedies. Obviously I was digging too deep into subtext. Either that or huge paychecks out weight creative fulfillment.
I would just be able to ignore movies like this if I didn't know he had amazing raw talent (Punch Drunk Love). After seeing Funny People I thought that his character may have been him actually reflecting on the fact that he is just making empty, lazy comedies. Obviously I was digging too deep into subtext. Either that or huge paychecks out weight creative fulfillment.
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10:30PM on 02/11/2011
I think you analysis of funny people is correct, Sandler was pretty much playing himself partly for his role.
I think you analysis of funny people is correct, Sandler was pretty much playing himself partly for his role.
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12:43PM on 02/11/2011
Brooklyn Decker was born when Sandler was 21. and he prob hit that. douche.
Brooklyn Decker was born when Sandler was 21. and he prob hit that. douche.
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2:09PM on 02/11/2011
Decker is married to Andy Roddick and Sandler is married to a Jewess and they have two kids.
Decker is married to Andy Roddick and Sandler is married to a Jewess and they have two kids.
2:50PM on 02/11/2011
@americanmoviefan

...she does have a name.
@americanmoviefan

...she does have a name.
12:17PM on 02/11/2011
Paint-by-number movie making if I've ever heard/seen it. I could get upset about the current trend in declining originality on the part of Hollywood, but that would get me nowhere. Fuck Adam Sandler. The dude is well past his hey-day and needs to just give it a rest for a while.
Paint-by-number movie making if I've ever heard/seen it. I could get upset about the current trend in declining originality on the part of Hollywood, but that would get me nowhere. Fuck Adam Sandler. The dude is well past his hey-day and needs to just give it a rest for a while.
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12:11PM on 02/11/2011
I thought Kidman was pretty funny at tomes in Moulin Rouge.
I thought Kidman was pretty funny at tomes in Moulin Rouge.
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10:37AM on 02/11/2011

Its funny cause

this movie is a remake of a 60s film called "Cactus Flower" and Brooklyn Decker's role was originated by Goldie Hawn who won an Academy Award for it
this movie is a remake of a 60s film called "Cactus Flower" and Brooklyn Decker's role was originated by Goldie Hawn who won an Academy Award for it
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9:16AM on 02/11/2011
This should be another nail in the coffin of Sandler's career but he must be the fucking anti christ since people still seem to flock to his lame ass films.
I was a Fan but now I just recent the cunt.
This should be another nail in the coffin of Sandler's career but he must be the fucking anti christ since people still seem to flock to his lame ass films.
I was a Fan but now I just recent the cunt.
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5:23PM on 02/13/2011
Definition of RESENT. transitive verb: to feel or express annoyance or ill will at < resent ed the implication. RECENT. Of, belonging to, or occurring at a time immediately before the present.
Definition of RESENT. transitive verb: to feel or express annoyance or ill will at < resent ed the implication. RECENT. Of, belonging to, or occurring at a time immediately before the present.
9:11AM on 02/11/2011
Did the movie end in a fucking courtroom?!?! Because I don't think Sandler knows how to tie a movie together without a final courtroom scene of some kind.

Oh, and Decker has a rocking body, but is definitely a butter-face. Seriously, cover up everything from the neck down in her pics. Not that exciting.
Did the movie end in a fucking courtroom?!?! Because I don't think Sandler knows how to tie a movie together without a final courtroom scene of some kind.

Oh, and Decker has a rocking body, but is definitely a butter-face. Seriously, cover up everything from the neck down in her pics. Not that exciting.
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5:03PM on 02/11/2011
You're crazy.
You're crazy.
8:30AM on 02/11/2011
an adam sandler movie where he is pretending to be a dad to get a girl. i saw it the first time when it was "Big Daddy."

Then it was pretty much rehashed, except instead of pretending to be a dad, he pretended to be gay in "Chuck and Larry"

its like the "Awesome-O" episode of south park where cartman keeps rolling off all these completely stupid ideas for movies where adam sandler does something ridiculously dumb to try to get a girl - and the only people that think theyre good ideas are
an adam sandler movie where he is pretending to be a dad to get a girl. i saw it the first time when it was "Big Daddy."

Then it was pretty much rehashed, except instead of pretending to be a dad, he pretended to be gay in "Chuck and Larry"

its like the "Awesome-O" episode of south park where cartman keeps rolling off all these completely stupid ideas for movies where adam sandler does something ridiculously dumb to try to get a girl - and the only people that think theyre good ideas are movie execs.
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