Movie Review: Just Go With It

Movie Review: Just Go With It

Just Got With It

PG-13 for frequent crude and sexual content, partial nudity
brief drug references and language
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Running Time: 1 hour 50 minutes

Danny has a unique way of picking up women. In order to break the ice and gain their sympathy, he pretends to be stuck in an unhappy marriage. The instant he brandishes his wedding ring, the deal is all but sealed. But, when he meets a woman he really likes and wants to marry, he abandons his usual approach for something a bit more subtle. I works, until she finds the wedding band he used to use as a pick-up prop.

In an attempt to cover his tracks he quickly finds himself in a web of lies that just keeping making the situation even worse.

His perfect plan then takes on an even more interesting twist on a weekend trip to Hawaii with his new found love, his loyal assistant and her kids and a cousin dropped in just for good measure.

A Predictable Love Story

Adam Sandler plays a plastic surgeon named Danny who convinces his faithful assistant Katherine, played by Jennifer Aniston, to pretend to be his soon to be ex-wife. In a web of lies Danny finds himself trying to win the love of a girl after pretending to be married for a number of years just so he could get the girl and the one night stand. But when he meets Palmer, played by Brooklyn Decker, he decides it’s time to come clean and tell the truth. Well, kind of. He’s lied for so long he doesn’t know how to tell the truth. As a result, the lies keep stacking up. Just Got With It really becomes a case study for the old Sir Walter Scott saying…

“Oh what a tangled web we weave,
When first we practice to deceive”.

While it’s true, we did laugh at times during this movie, it’s really a sad statement on a life that some live today. In the face of living honestly, all too many spin a web of lies in an attempt to find happiness. In the end, the lies come tumbling down and happiness is seldom found.

The plot line in Just Go With It is rather thin and as expected, rather predictable too. Of course as usual, when Adam Sandler is involved, you just never know how rude and crude the movie might be. For the most part Sandler has turned into a predictable low-brow quick laugh type humor guy. He really does not know how to work for good humor anymore. Instead he goes for the quick laugh. While there are moments of “working” humor here, for the most part, it’s a typical Sandler low-brow rude and crude humor type movie.

When it comes to other actors involved in the movie, the stand out is probably Jennifer Aniston. That’s saying a lot too since I usually don’t like what she does. Aniston can also be a rather one-dimensional actress. It is nice to see Nicole Kidman show up in what’s called a cameo appearance, but for the most part, her performance is rather slow.

Some Saving Factors

While for the most part Just Go With It falls into the category of rude and crude. The rating description is accurate when saying – “frequent crude and sexual content”. But, it is an Adam Sandler movie so that’s to be expected. Clocking in at close to 2 hours makes the movie rather tedious at times too. Much of the rude and crude could have been dropped and nothing would have been lost.

In the end, the only redeeming factor for Just Go With It revolves around the theme of honesty. In the end, a web of lies fools no one. Honesty is always the best policy.

As for the rating, Just Go With It definitely falls into the not family-friendly category. This movie screams the need for a 17 and above rating. As one person said – “Keep your teenage boys away from this movie”.

Wait for the DVD,
Dr. Rus

About the Author

Dr. Rus has 30+ years experience in the field of communication. He takes this experience, and his passion to encourage others to positively effect their environment, when providing insight and movie reviews.