‘Just Go With It’
By MICHAEL WALTERS
Adam Sandler comedies are at best simple guilty pleasures meant to tickle the funny bone on a rainy day. “Just Go With It,” however, is so needlessly convoluted, it spends all its time tying itself into knots to serve the byzantine plot it never develops anything remotely resembling comic momentum. After awhile even “50 First Dates” begins to look preferable to this mind numbing mess.
Sandler stars as a Beverly Hills plastic surgeon who pretends to be married to pick up women. He talks about his sorrows with his pretend wife, hot chicks feel sorry for him, and then he’s gone before breakfast. But his plans hit a snag when he meets an impossibly hot school teacher played by sports illustrated swimsuit model Brooklyn Decker. They hit it off without the usual ruse, but when she discovers his fake wedding ring she insists on meeting his other half. So he enlists his assistant (Jennifer Aniston) to serve as his fake wife and her kids play his fake family.
So for reasons too convoluted to go into Sandler, Aniston, Decker, and Aniston’s two movie kids (a budding actress, and the usual neurotic boy) wind up taking a Hawaiian vacation together.
As an actress Decker is a fine model. She looks great in a swimsuit, but recites her lines as clumsily as a diner reading a menu in a foreign language.
The Hawaiian locations are admittedly appealing, especially when you’re stuck in the deep freeze of winter back home, but Sandler’s jokes all fall flat. He’s dialed back the Sandler rage, but he’s still mostly just a jerk on screen here, and not a charming one either. Aniston is still showing a remarkable bad taste in scripts, but she does nothing to embarrass herself. The same can’t be said for Nicole Kidman who turns up as an old high school nemesis of Aniston’s. She spends nearly all her screen time mugging insanely as though she wanted to prove that yes she can move her face again. But just because you can bug your eyes out and smile creepily doesn’t mean you should.
The film is not only not funny, it’s boring, and way too long. No Adam Sandler comedy should be pushing the boundaries of 2 hours, especially one as inept as this one.
“Just Go With It” seems to have been made as an excuse for Adam Sandler to take a Hawaiian vacation. It may have been fun for him, but for us it’s as boring as your Aunt Betty’s vacation slide show.