Just Go with It

3 Apr

Title: Just Go with It
Dennis Dugan
Writers: Allan Loeb and Timothy Dowling, adapting from the 1969 film screenplay by I.A.L. Diamond, which was adapted from the stage play by Abe Burrows, which was based on the french play by Pierre Barillet and Jean-Pierre Grédy
Adam Sandler, Jennifer Aniston, Brooklyn Decker, Nicole Kidman, Dan Patrick, Dave Matthews, Nick Swardson, Bailee Madison, Griffin Gluck, Rachel Dratch, Kevin Nealon, Heidi Montag, Minka Kelly
MPAA Rating:
PG-13, frequent crude and sexual content, partial nudity, brief drug references and language
117 min
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By now we all know what to expect from an Adam Sandler comedy, we know what his style of goofy comedy consists of, so you know if you’d like to stay away from his films or not. Now, I personally like his style when it’s done right, but that hasn’t really seemed to be the case for his last few films, and even though Just Go with It is a film that you can, pardon the pun, totally go for, it’s not an amazing one by any means.

Moreover, I think it’s time for Mr. Sandler to go back and do a dramatic role. He is, much like Jim Carrey, one of those physical comedians that are super silly in their comedy, and yet have a really touching sensibility when they do dramas that I find incredible to watch. Adam Sandler has done two dramas, 2002’s Punch-Drunk Love, a film by the master Paul Thomas Anderson and one that I can’t praise enough, the other one was 2007’s Reign Over Me which wasn’t as perfect a film, but was still quite remarkable. I guess we could potentially count 2009’s Funny People, a film I liked better than many seemed to, as more of a dramatic entry in Mr. Sandler’s canon, but it wasn’t a straightout drama film like the others, so I won’t. But yes, Just Go with It was fine and all, Adam, but please, give us another drama.

But, now that I’ve gotten that out of the way, let’s talk about the actual film. I’ll say this much for Just Go with It, for a romantic comedy, it’s pretty damn competent. I mean, it’s a film that while entirely predictable, does offer us a few surprises along the way to keep things fresh, and it has Brooklyn Decker in it, who is gorgeous enough to have any film she’s in bumped up a grade just for her sheer presence in it considering she wasn’t asked to really act all that much. Not to mention that Jennifer Aniston, who had been in last year’s The Bounty Hunter, needed a role like this to get her back to being her awesome girl-next-door self which we all love. But then again, I’d also like Ms. Aniston to go back and do another drama in the vein of The Good Girl again.

This isn’t a perfect film, don’t get me wrong, I’m not recommending it, I’m just saying that’s totally bearable and that, while it’s far from the best film you’ll see all year, it’s a good option in the horrible rom-com genre. I mean, it’s very very easy going, it tries to play naughty, but you know it’s innately good-hearted, it may try to seem as though it’s pushing the envelope with some of its stuff, but you know it’s actually quite the passive little bugger you’ll let pretend otherwise. And as such, there will be bits in which you’ll get frustrated by it, but there will also be parts you’ll find yourself laughing with it, and the ratio of those two is better than you’d expect going into it.

The thing is, we all feel like we know Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler already. They have been part of our media-loving lives for the past decade and a half, and they have been great friends themselves from way before that, so there’s that sense of watching people you know being funny and warm to each other, and that’s genuinely nice to see in this one. I mean, this is after all better than Mr. Sandler’s previous effort, which was the unfortunate Grown Ups. And, as for Ms. Aniston, even though I probably liked last year’s The Switch a bit better than this one, this is still heaps better than the disaster that was The Bounty Hunter.

If you’ve seen the trailers you already know what this one’s all about. Mr. Sandler has his heart broken on what was supposed to be his wedding day, and decides to get back on the horse by having a lot of sex with anyone he could find who would be disarmed by a man armed with a wedding ring and tales of a wife that broke his heart. Ms. Decker plays one of those girls, except when it’s all said and done, Mr. Sandler’s character, Danny, thinks she might be more than just a one-night thing, and she’s probably thinking the same way, except she first wants to meet Danny’s soon-to-be ex-wife, who obviously doesn’t really exist.

So then Danny enlists his assistant Katherine, the character Ms. Aniston plays, to pretend to be his crazy ex. And you probably know how the rest of this one goes. And there’s no shame in this film for being so obvious in its next steps, it still has the likable and beautiful Ms. Aniston, the gorgeous and sexy Ms. Decker and the dependably goofy Mr. Sandler to keep it afloat. Not to mention that the supporting cast includes an Academy Award winner in Nicole Kidman and Minka Kelly, who I personally find to be even more beautiful than Ms. Decker, not to mention that she’s actually got some acting chops, not that this is the sort of film in which she could prove that.

Go see this one if you have time to kill, if not, don’t bother with Just Go with It. I mean, I liked it much better than I thought I would, which is why this review may sound a bit enthusiastic, but that only says things about how low my expectations were, the greatest thing I can say about this film is that it looked as though everyone involved had a great time making this one, and since it’s not as though we were invited to hang out with movie stars in Hawaii then I guess that’s neither here nor there, so go see it if you’re a fan of the stars or if you have two hours of free time and the other options seem crappier.

Grade: C+


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