Movie Review: Just Go With It starring Adam Sandler

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Production Companies:  Happy Madison Productions and Columbia Pictures
Director:  Dennis Dugan
Producers:  Adam Sandler, Tim Herlihy, Jack Giarraputo, and Heather Parry
Scriptwriters:  Timothy Dowling, Allan Loeb, and Pierre Barillet
Main Cast:  Adam Sandler, Jennifer Aniston, Brooklyn Decker, Bailee Madison, Nicole Kidman, Griffin Gluck, and Jackie Sandler
Release Date: February 11, 2011
Running Time:  117 Minutes
Certificate: 12A

Just Go With It

Just Go With It, starring Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston is a Romantic Comedy currently available to stream on Netflix. Although arguably one of Sandler’s worst films, it is still good enough for you to consider watching.

Synopsis

To begin with, Dr. Danny Maccabee (Adam Sandler) plays a successful surgeon who is unlucky in love. He creates a fake story regarding his marriage in order to date women who are often way out of his league! After meeting his latest obsession, Palmer (Brooklyn Decker) a blonde who is at least 20 years younger, Danny is convinced that she is the one with who he will spend the rest of his life with.

Later in the film, with the creation of a fake profile wife successful, Danny asks his co-worker, Katherine Murphy (Jennifer Aniston) to fulfill the role. After drastically upgrading her wardrobe, she looks ready to play the part. A fake date between Palmer, Danny, and Katherine, everything looks to be going swimmingly. They leave the restaurant and Katherine takes a call. Consequently, Katherine reveals that her children are arguing, creating another lie between Danny and Katherine. The two must now pretend they are a family of four, playing at the heartstrings of Palmer.

The three of them as well as Maggie (Bailee Maddison) and Michael (Griffin Gluck) all take a vacation to Hawaii. In order to establish a further connection with Palmer, Danny plays the fake father which impresses Palmer but also impresses Katherine. Of course, a love triangle has been formed.

After ending up in a complicated situation with love and lies, Maccabee must make a decision between Palmer or Katherine.

Analysis

For me, Just Go With It, is a film that’s easy to watch and provides a few laughs. Ultimately, it’s a carbon copy of the previous framework of Sandler’s. Nevertheless, the film is light-hearted and a good enough way to pass some time.

Unfortunately, the plot is incredibly predictable which is disappointing. The comedy helps the movie flow, but this humor certainly isn’t for everyone. As mentioned before, it’s a carbon copy of some of Sandler’s previous material, just this one seems to be without his other funny friends. The overall plot is amusing and has elements of romance. However, it is truly ironic that the two fall in love with each other, when in reality their relationship has been built on multiple developed lies. Surely this is every couple’s worst nightmare?

If you’re looking for a romantic film starring Adam Sandler which is set in Hawaii, I recommend his other film, 50 First Dates.

Despite the negative comments, Aniston and Sandler’s on-screen chemistry is perfect for the movie’s plot. I think that’s what makes this film bearable. Although it’s predictable that these two will eventually become a couple from the flirting at the office in beginning, it’s still funny to watch the two live out their lies. An honorable mention which is my favourite scene in the film is the shopping scene. Any shopaholic’s dream is to rebrand yourself with access to someone else’s bank account. Aniston plays this part perfectly and creates a scene that may seem familiar to many couples.

Summary

Just Go With It isn’t perfect, but if you’re looking for a film with some fun, easy comedy with some romance, this movie is a good place to start.

Notes

Target Audience: 12+
Content: Mild Language and Sex References
Recommendation?: Yes/No

Overall Rating: 5.5/10 – Above Average

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