JUST Go With It is a romantic farce with Adam Sandler’s rude-guy-humor and Jennifer Aniston rom-com-charisma that will probably appeal to Sandler and Aniston loyalists.
The movie is loosely based on the 1969 Oscar-winning film Cactus Flower, which was adapted from a French play. This version, however, is another production by director Dennis Dugan and his longtime collaborator Adam Sandler.
Sandler plays Dr. Danny Maccabee, a famous plastic surgeon who has been searching for ‘the one’ for more than 20 years. In the past, he’s scored himself a couple of romantic flings by wearing a wedding ring and pretending to be a failure at marriage.
Hanging out at a beach party, he meets school teacher Palmer (Brooklyn Decker) and spends one honest night with her. But just when Danny is deciding to open his heart to Palmer, she discovers his fake wedding ring and wants nothing more to do with him.
Not deterred, Danny takes on a cover-up of Watergate proportions to try to keep her. He tells Palmer he’s getting a divorce and he begs his assistant, Katherine (Jennifer Aniston), to pretend to be his ex-wife.
From there on in, the web of lies continues to grow. Danny goes as far as to pretend to have fathered Katherine’s kids (Bailee Madison, Griffin Gluck) and takes them all on holiday in Hawaii.
But in true Hollywood style, Danny soon comes to see Katherine in a different light. Is it possible that his true love was sitting right under his nose all this time or is Palmer still the girl for him? $20 says you can probably guess the ending…
Just Go With It unfolds by building absurd stratagems and constantly recruits more supporting roles to keep the comedy bubbling.
Still, Sandler does show he hasn’t lost his innate instinct for humor. It’s just not his most convincing work and nothing near the magic he had in The Wedding Singer.
Aniston, on the other hand, continues to prove her comedy prowess. She’s a good match for Sandler and their love-hate relationship is one of the standout parts of the movie.
But the biggest surprise of this movie has to be Nicole Kidman, who plays Katherine’s sorority rival – a Barbie girl persona with a plastic face – brilliantly.
In all, the movie has a decent amount of humor and is good for some laughs, but it lacks surprises and comes with a predictable ending. The jokes also get a bit repetitive and the sparks diminish as the plot goes on.
Just Go With It is in cinemas now.
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