Just Go with It

(2011)

Genres: Comedy, Romance

Review: Just Go With It

Transcript for Review: Just Go With It

IGNATIY VISHNEVETSKY:
Our next film is JUST GO WITH IT.  Adam Sandler plays a plastic surgeon, a single man, whose trick for picking up women is wearing a wedding ring and pretending his marriage is on the rocks.  He falls for Brooklyn Decker, a woman half his age, but she finds his wedding ring.  He lies to her and tells her that he’s getting a divorce.  Then he desperately ropes in his nurse, played by Jennifer Aniston, to pretend to be his ex-wife.  That sets the stage for such sparkling dialogue as this:

CLIP from JUST GO WITH IT

IGNATIY:
Sandler’s cousin, played by Nick Swardson, is recruited to pretend to be Aniston’s fake German lover.

CLIP from JUST GO WITH IT

IGNATIY:
The whole crowd ends up going to Hawaii, with Aniston’s children bribed into pretending that Sandler is their father.

CLIP from JUST GO WITH IT

IGNATIY:
Now the problem isn’t with Sandler and Aniston, who display chemistry at times, the problem is in the execution.  The movie was directed by Dennis Dugan, who is responsible for many of Sandler’s worst films, like HAPPY GILMORE and BIG DADDY.  This is a clumsy attempt at a farce, feeling like a wrong-headed night of really bad improv theater, and I’ve gotta say, this is the ugliest, shoddiest looking movie I’ve seen in a while.

CHRISTY LEMIRE:
Which is strange, cause like, how do you screw up Hawaii, right?  The whole movie feels like an excuse for Adam Sandler and his friends to go spend a couple of weeks in Hawaii goofing off.

IGNATIY:
I think every Adam Sandler movie of, maybe, the last ten years, with the exception of, like, you know, maybe PUNCH DRUNK LOVE –

CHRISTY:
Right.  They didn’t go to Hawaii there, right.

IGNATIY:
-- and SPANGLISH, was essentially just an excuse for him to hang out with his friends and pay Dennis Dugan money.

CHRISTY:
Right.  This is actually not as bad as GROWN UPS, speaking of Adam Sandler and his buddies.  You’re right, he and Aniston do have chemistry here and there and I like her so much more here than I do in most films.  She makes horrible, horrible film choices, but here she’s very natural and likeable and that natural comic charm comes out.

IGNATIY:
I feel like Sandler is actually a very talented comedian.  I think he has a fair amount of nuance, not just in dramatic roles, but I think he’s capable of it, he just never really uses it in his comedy.

CHRISTY:
With a good script.  With a good script, right?

IGNATIY:
And Aniston has a really great, really expressive face.  You know, she would do well is silent film – and then they just make the worst movies, over and over again.  It’s just, it’s horrible to see so much talent wasted.

CHRISTY:
Speaking of:  Totally baffling:  The presence of Nicole Kidman, right?  Who is not doing any ads, is not doing any press for this.  She shows up in, like, two scenes.  Her presence comes out of nowhere.  It’s very strange all around.

IGNATIY:
Yeah.