Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston team-up for this outrageous comedy.
Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston team-up for this
Say what you will
about them, whether you love them or hate them, Adam Sandler and Jennifer
Aniston are box-office gold dust. It does not matter what critics may throw
at them, Sandler in particular, they just keep on making them and bringing in
the big ones. Just Go With It is no exception to the rule, but it is further
evidence that critics simply have no idea what the film-going public want to
Danny (Sandler) uses a wedding band to pick up ladies. Flitting from girl to
girl he finally meets Palmer (Decker)
through normal conventions. However, when she finds the ring she demands to
meet his wife. With no one else to turn to, Danny asks his loyal assistant
Katherine (Aniston) to pretend to be his soon to be ex-wife along with her kids
pretending to be Danny’s. But the course of love never did run smooth and
before long Danny has to take his ‘family’ to Hawaii with his new beau for a
family bonding exercise.
This is your
typical Sandler movie. Complete with racial stereotypes and toilet humour, there
is little here that has not been covered in his extensive back catalogue. The
exception in Just Go With It is the introduction of Aniston to the Sandler
canon. Normally seen playing her tried and tested Rachel from Friends routine
here she brings an enormous amount of heart and chemistry to the proceedings.
In fact the film is thoroughly enjoyable when Sandler and Aniston are going
toe-to-toe with each other.
Yes, the plot
never presents anything you could not predict from the trailer alone, but there
are still laughs to be had along the way. Sandler has a canny knack of being
incredibly crude to children, see Big
Daddy (1999) for details, but when the kids kick back as hard as youngsters
Bailee Madison and Griffin Gluck, it is hard not to revel
in the tenacity of them.
The set pieces
often fail to draw the laughs they intend to, the less said about the Hula-off
the better, but in its quieter moments Just Go With It works. Furthermore, the
chemistry between Aniston and Sandler is good enough that come the inevitable
climax you find yourself being swept up in the heart of it all.
It is a typical
Sandler affair and even Brooklyn Decker’s sizable assets fail to raise the
pulse in the way that some would like. However, if you sit back and Just Go
With It this is a film that will draw a smile in all the right places.