The title of Adam Sandler’s newest romantic comedy, “Just Go With It,” not only fits the theme of the movie, but also offers a great piece of advice for the audience. Don’t expect a lot from this movie, “just go with it.”
Starring Sandler and Jennifer Aniston, “Just Go With It” centers on a man who uses a fake wedding ring to seduce women. He complains to them of his marriage woes to make the women feel bad for him and sleep with him. This works up until he meets a woman he truly likes and she rejects him when she sees the ring and thinks he’s married.
Enter Aniston. She plays Sandler’s single mother secretary and his faux ex-wife, as he’s too afraid to tell his new girlfriend he uses a fake ring to sleep with women. By introducing Aniston to her and telling her that they are getting a divorce, he hopes to move on with the relationship.
But that would be a boring movie if that were all that happened.
No, unfortunately the movie keeps going, the lie taking on many other lies, like the fact that Sandler pretends that Aniston’s children are also his own.
My first problem with “Just Go With It” is that the plot is ridiculous. It’s very unbelievable and with every added-on minute it gets harder and harder to relate to.
Some movies thrive off their ridiculous plot, making for a fun break from reality. “Just Go With It” is not one of them.
There are a few funny moments in the film, but the humor was often misplaced or stale. In many different scenes where a “funny” moment took place, it garnered little more than a few halfhearted chuckles and polite coughs.
I won’t say that I sat through the movie with a straight face, but I came close to it.
What was most disheartening about “Just Go With It” was Sandler himself. As a big fan of his earlier movies, “Billy Madison,” “Waterboy,” “Big Daddy” and “Happy Gilmore,” to name a few, Sandler has been disappointing, movie after movie in the recent years.
His juvenile humor was what really made me laugh. For a fleeting moment in “Just Go With It,” I could hear 1990s Sandler come through.
Perhaps he feels that he’s outgrown the moronic humor that made “Billy Madison” such a side-splitting movie. In my opinion though, just because he’s older, doesn’t mean what originally made him funny is out of date.
“Just Go With It” isn’t too funny and is quite predictable. Even so, it wasn’t a complete bore and at least kept a fast tempo.
I wouldn’t recommend this to anyone to go out and spend money on, but it’s probably one of those movies that will come on TBS in a few years that would be nice to flip to during the commercials of “The Biggest Loser” Season 32 (or whatever season they’re on).