Adam Sandler has it rough. It's been widely documented that as Sandler continues to age, his leading ladies stay the same age or get younger. Sort of like college girls. Generally they get better looking, too, and Sandler really must have struggled coming to the set each day for his new movie Just Go With It, which stars not only a gorgeous-looking Jennifer Aniston but a scantily clad Brooklyn Decker. As in Sports Illustrated "Swimsuit Edition" cover model Brooklyn Decker.
The rest of the premise really doesn't matter, as the film hinges on Sandler's character - a rich cosmetic surgeon (oh the conflict!) having to decide between young-and-sexy Brooklyn Decker and older-but-still-sexy Jennifer Aniston. There's a whole bunch of lying involved as well (Aniston poses as Sandler's ex-wife to cover up a lie, which of course only makes things worse).
Just Go With It is your typical, predictable romantic comedy with a few sprinklings of Sandler humor thrown in for good measure. Even though Brooklyn Decker's character is beautiful, nice and thankfully not stupid, it's obvious from the trailers that Sandler will end up with Aniston. Everything else is just filler.
The filler is mildly entertaining, more or less harmless. There just isn't much to it. Even though the compounding lies are unrealistic, they surprisingly don't get as irritating as they do in other movies that have tried the same tactic. Still, the movie is based on a premise that is hard to relate to. The ending also wraps things up too cleanly; Sandler gets to have all the fun without the consequences.
Thankfully, the chemistry between Sandler and Aniston is surprisingly good. Furthermore, the children actors are pretty amusing, and a dance-off between the couple and Nicole Kidman and Dave Matthews is fun to watch. Just Go With It is entertaining enough to make it worth it.
Still, for an Adam Sandler comedy, Just Go With It lacks edge. Sandler's films have matured over the years, but Just Go With It is muted in its approach; it's a fun concept, but the execution lacks balls, not to mention the little, absurd moments that have always made Sandler's movies funny. It's entertaining, but instantly forgettable.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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