Obvious, But Funny
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RANT: Another wonderful display of poor theater etiquette today. A group of older women were chatting before the presentation. Once the last commercials faded to black and the theater ran its concession and "Please be quiet" reels, the previews started. Of course, the ladies still blathered on about the cost of a scarf and whether one of the woman had read the novel, Water for Elephants. The guy sitting next to me finally told them to shush and shut up already! Well played, sir... well played!
SYNOPSIS: A man who has used the lie of being in a bad marriage to have harmless one night stands, finds himself having to use his assistant to fake his divorce in order to convince his younger girlfriend that he is faithful and available.
Adam Sandler and Happy Madison Productions comes back to the screen with his new romantic comedy, Just Go With It. Directed by Dennis Dugan, a collaborator of Sandler's with Grown Ups, You Don't Mess with the Zohan and I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry, Just Go With It brings Adam back to a romantic comedy on par with 50 First Dates.
The film follows plastic surgeon Danny (Adam Sandler) who walked away from his first wedding and realized that night, while drowning away his sorrows, that he got plenty of sympathy and companionship from beautiful women if he claimed to be in a loveless or abusive marriage. After years of this practice Danny meets Palmer (Brooklyn Decker), a woman he discovers a connection with - that is until she finds his fake wedding ring in his pocket. Enter Danny's assistant Katherine (Jennifer Aniston) who puts herself and her kids in the middle of Danny's life and lies in order to convince Palmer that Danny and Katherine - now Devlin - are just finishing their divorce.
As with any Sandler movie, there are plenty of pratfalls and juvenile humor. But in Just Go With It, the casting of Aniston provides a little maturity and a lot of heart. Add to that the crazy performance of Nick Swardson as Danny's cousin Eddie, the loveliness of Brooklyn Decker, and the scene-stealing of Bailee Madison and Griffin Gluck as Katherine's children, Maggie and Michael, and you got yourself a comedy romantic riot! Shot in California and in the picturesque Kaua'i and Maui, Hawaii, one gets beautiful locales. Put Decker and Aniston in bikinis, one gets the bonus of beautiful bodies.
The story is charming and funny, although far-fetched and obvious. But the hook of the tale is not in the plot set-up, but in the chemistry between Sandler and Aniston. And to not ruin the surprise, there are a couple great characters that run paths with Danny and Katherine while on the islands, and a great scene with hula dancing and a coconut. If you are a fan of Sandler and 50 First Dates, just go with it!
Worth: Matinee or DVD
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