As regular readers of this column will know, this reviewer is not a big fan of Adam Sandler and always regrets seeing his films.
Just Go With It is no exception. It’s a romantic comedy with some romance and very little comedy, although I did laugh when one character did the Heimlich Maneuvre on a sheep.
In real life Sandler is apparently a very nice guy, especially loyal to his friends. But in films he always plays the same lovable man/child, with an adolescent fascination with poop jokes and mammary glands.
This time out he plays a successful plastic surgeon (about as likely as winning the lottery) who attracts women by wearing a wedding ring (duh!). Then, not wearing the ring, he meets the girl of his dreams (Brooklyn Decker) who finds the wedding ring in his pocket after a night of passion on the beach. He tells her he’s getting a divorce. But she insists on meeting his wife.
So Sandler gets his supposedly frumpy nurse/assistant (Jennifer Aniston) to pretend to be his wife. The lie escalates and before long he’s taking everyone to Maui, including Decker, Aniston and her two kids, both of whom can outact Sandler. In Maui, where they meet a wasted Nicole Kidman, Sandler finally realizes his love for Aniston.
The film doesn’t work for me, but most of the audience around me was laughing out loud.
Rating: two deer out of five
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Alf Cryderman is a Red Deer freelance writer and old movie buff.