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Wednesday, October 4, 2023


Nothing to go with in Sandler movie

Adam Sandler, Jennifer Aniston and Brooklyn Decker star in “Just Go With It,” which opened Friday. Unfortunately, their bad acting and cheap jokes don’t leave the audience with much to go for. | Courtesy of Columbia Pictures.

“Just Go With It” is a perfect recession film. It focuses on rich, employed people who have the ability to take expensive vacations on a whim. This could have been a good formula if the film wasn’t weighed down with flat, unconvincing characters, juvenile jokes and a recycled plot.

The film stars Adam Sandler, Jennifer Aniston, Nick Swardson and swimsuit model Brooklyn Decker’s bikini. Decker’s bikini is perhaps the best actor in the film and makes several cameos as itself. After watching the film, one can’t help but feel that the bikini was horribly miscast and should have replaced Jennifer Aniston, who plays the “Jennifer Aniston character” in the film (better known as Rachel Green from “Friends.”)

In the film, Adam Sandler’s character, Danny, is a womanizing plastic surgeon who pretends he is married in order to get women in bed with him. This all works well for Danny until he has an honest beach-hook up (is this even possible?) with Brooklyn Decker’s character, Palmer, and she discovers a wedding band in the pocket of his pants.

Palmer is of course upset, as she truly had feelings for Danny, especially after their shallow exchange of non-witticisms at the party they met at the night before. Danny, wants to tell Palmer the truth, but ends up telling her that he is in the process of getting a divorce. This seems to make everything okay for Palmer, who decides she wants to meet his soon to be ex-wife.

Danny recruits his assistant Katherine, the Jennifer Aniston character, to pretend to be his soon-to-be ex-wife. Katherine has a slip up after going out to dinner with Danny and Palmer and mentions something about her kids. Danny now has to pretend to be the father of Katherine’s two bratty children who he bribes into his charade with the promise of money, a trip to Hawaii, and acting classes (something the entire cast could use.)

A series of predictable events occur once in Hawaii, as the film struggles to decide if it is a farce, romantic comedy, or children’s film. It ends up becoming an unpleasant, schizoid mix of all three.

Sadly, the audience seemed to enjoy the film, and it will likely do very well in theaters. Perhaps the apocalypse is coming sooner than 2012.

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