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Just Go With It

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Just Go With It

Directed by Dennis Dugan

This took six writers? Allan Loeb and Timothy Dowling wrote this script, which was based on I.A.L. Diamond’s screenplay of Abe Burrows’ play Cactus Flower and the French play by Pierre Barillet and Jean-Pierre Grédy. That’s an awful lot of storytellers involved just so Adam Sandler could make a movie in Hawaii.

Anyways, Sandler plays a completely sympathetic character for about five minutes before a heartbreak turns his sweet Danny into a ladies man who pretends to be unhappily married to get ladies to pity-fuck him because, as everyone knows, a plastic surgeon in Malibu needs to lie to get pussy. His longest and only real relationship is with his assistant, the divorced single mom Katherine, played by a mousied-up Jennifer Aniston. When Danny meets the girl of his dreams, grade school teacher Palmer (Brooklyn Decker), in the most unbelievable way at a party featuring a painfully funny sight-gag from Kevin Nealon, he opens his heart and puts the ring away but not before she sees it and gets caught up in his farce.

In another unnatural plot move, Palmer demands a meeting with Danny’s soon-to-be ex-wife so he pays up the butt to deck Katherine out in designer shoes, handbags, sunglasses, and form-fitting dresses, add golden highlights to her hair, and provide her with a car and driver. Mistakes are made and her two hilarious kids get caught up in the game, which boosts the film’s fun factor up by, like, a million. Inspiring actress Maggie (Bailee Madison) works a British accent while Michael (Griffin Gluck) is dead serious about coercing Danny into taking them all to Hawaii. It doesn’t make any sense, because Malibu is a totally appropriate place to see both Decker and Aniston in bikinis. But just, you know, go with it.

Best thing to happen in Hawaii? Katherine runs into her college nemesis, Devlin (Nicole Kidman!) and Devlin’s husband Ian (Dave Matthews!), who are freaking high-strung rich snobs staying out of the sun and wearing linen. And now the shit gets complicated: Everyone is fooling simple Palmer into thinking Danny has a soon-to-be-ex-wife and kids but now Katherine wants to fool Devlin into thinking she’s married to Danny as opposed to being a divorced mom. Hula dance-off time.

Just Go With It isn’t the worst romantic comedy Aniston has ever made—the jury is still out on that one but Love Happens and Rumor Has It are most definitely in the running—and the supporting players have much to do with that. Kidman is almost frightening in her over-the-top performance as a manic, ego-driven type-A. And who knew Matthews could act and was so tall? Again, those kids are tight little packages of serious skills running actorly circles around Decker, who is completely out of her league. Treated like a sweet dummy with a nice rack, she does little to deepen her character. Whatever. Aniston and her perky nips along with Sandler’s goof get the funny movie job done well enough.


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