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Just Go With It

Just Go With It

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In Theatres: 
Feb 11, 2011
Grade:
C
Running Time: 
1 Hour, 50 Minutes
Did you know?

This is the first collaboration between Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston. The two of them have known each other for 20 years, before either of them became famous. They met through some mutual friends and shared meals together. She also used to watch him perform at the Improv, and she attended his wedding in 2003.

Typically when you hear men lying about being married it's that they say they don't have a wife. What you don't hear often is men using the "I'm married" line to pick up chicks. Apparently it works...

Danny (Adam Sandler) isn't married but over the years has found out that wearing a wedding band and telling people you're in a horrible relationship is an excellent way to hit on women and have a no strings attached fling. When he meets Palmer (Brooklyn Decker) however, he begins to fall in love and rather than simply tell her the truth, he creates this elaborate lie complete with a fake wife and kids.

After convincing his long time friend and assistant Katherine (Jennifer Aniston) to be his fake wife, the lies continue to build and build until they get out of hand. Before you know it, Danny is taking his girlfriend, fake wife, complete with fake lover Dolph Lundgren (no affiliation), and fake kids to vacation in Hawaii for some quality bonding time. If it sounds like a messy situation, that’s because it is.

Adam Sandler is usually a hit or miss when it comes to his comedies. As for Jennifer Aniston, she is usually a miss. This is Brooklyn Decker’s first major film role as she is most notable for being in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition. To say the acting range is scattered would be an understatement.

Sandler is the standout among the main three, while Aniston and Decker rely on their looks more than their humor to make an impression. While that’s not exactly a bad thing (Aniston looks killer for being in her 40s), their characters don’t really have that much personality, especially Decker. I’m sorry but she simply cannot act. She states that she knows when someone is telling the truth or not yet doesn’t catch on to all the lies around her, and she’s gullible to just about anything anyone says. I’m not sure if they were trying to go for the Jessica Simpson-type character but that’s how it turned out. It’s evident that she needs to stick to being a model and leave the acting to the professionals. At least with Aniston and Sandler there is some chemistry between the two. Over the course of the film the truth starts to come out and both are capable of putting on a serious face when need be.

By far the best of the bunch is the supporting cast. Nick Swardson plays Danny’s best friend Eddie aka Dolph Lundgren to Palmer. As Dolph, he puts on this ridiculous German accent you can’t help but laugh at. Speaking of accents, young Bailee Madison plays Katherine’s daughter. While her British accent is horrible, you can’t help but laugh at the words coming out of her mouth. I don’t know what but there’s something quite humorous about an 11-year-old talking like Mary Poppins.

Just Go With It consists of acting that is simply average and a predictable story without much thought put into it. Overall, the film manages to create a few memorable laughs but doesn’t do much else. That my friends, is the truth.

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Matt Rodriguez
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