Just Go With It
Review by Rob Carnevale
ADAM Sandler and Jennifer Aniston have, separately, contributed to some of the worst comedies in recent screen memory. We’re talking Grown Ups, The Bounty Hunter, Chuck and Larry and Rumour Has It.
It’s little wonder that their on-screen union should prove every bit as much of a crime against comedy. Even the name could be read as an apology!
Just Go With It is a loose remake of 1969’s Cactus Flower, which finds Sandler playing Danny, a plastic surgeon who keeps a wedding ring on his finger to lure buxom young women into one night stands.
When he falls for his latest (Brooklyn Decker’s Palmer), he must ask lowly assistant Katherine (Aniston) to pose as his soon to be ex wife, complete with her kids, so that he can get out of the lie.
In doing so, everyone heads to Hawaii where Sandler’s surgeon slowly comes to realise he’s chasing the wrong girl.
As with last year’s Grown Ups, which was also directed by Dennis Dugan, Just Go With It involves Sandler and his entourage taking a holiday and forgetting to make a movie.
Rather, it’s an interminable collection of lame, often low brow jokes strung together with a plot that’s as threadbare as Decker’s bikini (of which there are numerous shots).
To make matters even worse, there are a couple of really precocious kids thrown in and another of the really unfunny best friend tag-alongs that Sandler seems to specialise in (Nick Swardson standing in for Rob Schneider to similarly cringe-worthy effect).
The contrived nature of the story, meanwhile, means it’s a long countdown to the inevitable that offers very few characters to sympathise with or root for.
The only real surprise to emerge from this formulaic spirit breaker is the presence of Nicole Kidman as a former high school nemesis of Aniston’s. But even she cannot raise the quality and delivers one of her worst performances.
Hence, for sanity’s sake audiences are best advised to stay away from this overblown, self-congratulatory mess.
Running time: 115mins
UK DVD & Blu-ray Release: May 30, 2011