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Just Go with It

A movie directed by Dennis Dugan

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Adam Sandler's latest tale from the garbage bin.

  • Jul 9, 2011
Half a star out of ****

Here's how things are; I rarely smile - let alone laugh - when I see a comedy these days, because most of them just aren't funny. I believe we are running out of intelligence and genius in this field, and all of the previous masters of the genre are dying. It's difficult to laugh when something isn't clever, but it's OK to giggle. After all, laughter is a gift; it can't come out of our little mouths every time we see a comedy film. But I'd at least expect something decent in return for watching a comedy that isn't funny; a movie that fails to do any of what it wants to do.

While this may not go for every one of you, "Just Go with It" is one of the worst films I've seen in all of 2011. It is stupid to the point of unpleasantness, unfunny to the point of depression, and unoriginal to the point of who-knows-what. It had no good scenes, or allow me to correct that statement; no DECENT scenes. It's gag after gag, until it finally takes a detour for the sentimental.

I can't say I'm surprised, given it stars Adam Sandler. Here, Sandler gets off by playing a ridiculously unlikable guy, who once had a large nose, who uses his wedding ring to attract woman who pity him and the lies he tells them. He is not, in fact, married; and he never has been. He has been telling woman, for 25 years, that his wife has recently left him, and he is grieving.

Sandler's character's name is Danny, and he works as a plastic surgeon alongside his good lady-friend Katherine (Jennifer Aniston). He has been doing this, happily, for some time now. Katherine has a good life...sort of. She has kids of her own, but she is divorced. However, she is happy to be friends with Danny, and they often get humor out of, get this, the patients that want the particular surgery of their expertise. Funny.

However, Danny meets a beautiful younger woman named Palmer (Brooklyn Decker). He falls in love with her. She may be the one. But she discovers his ring on the morning after the night in which they sleep together, and she gets the wrong idea. Danny instantly switches back to "liar mode" and tells the woman that he is indeed married, or at least was, and now wants a divorce. Oh, and he must also lie that he has two kids. And Palmer wants to meet the whole lot.

The characters tend to "just go with it". That is what they are supposed to do, and occasionally they seem like they're happy doing it. However, there were times where I felt as if the movie was feeling a bit, oh you know, underwhelming. Hell, these weren't moments; this was just the movie. Now, I know that this is a typical Adam Sandler movie, a movie which stars a guy who has only had, oh I don't know, TWO good movies in his entire freaking career. But seriously, a little effort wouldn't help.

The movie just isn't funny. It has a one-joke premise, and it's not a funny one. What the film tries to accomplish, in terms of comedy, outside of this premise, is also lame. And not just some of it; all of it. I didn't laugh once during this thing. It's not a funny comedy. Heck, it's a very stupid one, if anything. And to my surprise, it's even dumber than most comedies, and believe me, there's a LOT of bad ones out there. But this is just...well, let's just say it's one of the worst. The only good-to-decent thing about it is Brooklyn Decker, who is amazingly sexy as the busty and beautiful Palmer. Otherwise, it's a dull man's festival with both blind and unimaginative laughter. If you laugh, then some cinematic demon may have possessed you. That, or maybe you're just as absurd and convoluted as this movie is.

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July 10, 2011
ouch! I have this movie as a rental at home, looks like I am going to have to make a lot of effort to entertain myself with snacks LOL!
July 09, 2011
With Adam Sandler in the movie, I'm certain that the scenes rank as good comedy.
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review by . July 28, 2011
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There are Adam Sandler films that are pretty good (Funny People, Spanglish, Click) and there are others that are among the slew of mindless comedys (Don't Mess with the Zohan, The Backup Plan, Grown-ups and just about any Ashton Kutcher film). This film is among the latter. The only thing missing from this poor excuse of a comedy is Rob Schneider who usually is mandatory in a Sandler vehicle.      The movie opens with Sandler as Danny donning the most fake looking nose this …
review by . February 12, 2011
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Star Rating:         Is there anything more infuriating than a comedy plot that wouldn’t pass muster in a sitcom? Just Go with It – which is, believe it or not, a remake of the 1969 film Cactus Flower – tells a story so contrived, artificial, and unfunny that if it were a television pilot, it would in all likelihood be locked in a studio vault and allowed to disintegrate into oblivion. It’s one of those sad situations in which an engaging premise …
review by . April 13, 2011
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   I might be a bit biased about this because I have a personal sympathy for Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler but I found this movie entertaining, simple and relaxing. These are all characteristics that most romcoms these days lack in. They all try too much to be either funny, either too romantic, either too complex and suffer from the storytelling point of view but this film, while it's a typical romcom it still delivers more than expected. But let's go into slicing this bread …
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Just Go with It, originally titled Pretend Wife, is an upcoming romantic comedy film starring Adam Sandler andJennifer Aniston. Other stars include Nicole Kidman, fashion model Brooklyn Decker, and musician Dave Matthews. Allan Loeb and Timothy Dowling wrote the script and Dennis Dugan, who has collaborated with Sandler on most of his films such as Happy Gilmore, Big Daddy, I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry, You Don't Mess with the Zohan and Grown Ups served as director.

The film is inspired by the 1969 film, Cactus Flower. The film will be produced under Sandler's production company Happy Madison and will be distributed by Columbia Pictures.

This is also the sixth film that Dugan has directed Sandler.

It was shot between Los Angeles and Hawaii on the islands of Maui and Kauai and filming took place between March 2, 2010 and May 25, 2010.

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Director: Dennis Dugan
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Release Date: 11 February 2011 (USA)
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Screen Writer: Timothy Dowling, Allan Loeb
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