Starring Adam Sandler, Jennifer Aniston, Brooklyn Decker
Directed by Dennis Dugan
IMDB Rating: 6.4
A feel-good, cringe-inducing, and weirdly touching Adam Sandler film about trying to get the girl by having a girl.
Danny (Sandler), a plastic surgeon, meets Palmer at a party – the most beautiful woman in the world. However to get the girl Danny is forced into pretending that his assistant, single mother Katherine (Aniston), is his soon to be divorced wife, and her kids are his kids too.
This feels like one of the longer comedy films I’ve seen. I’m sure there are exceptions but in my mind comedy films are usually around the one and a half hour mark, but this is nearly two hours long. The story itself is not that complicated, however the basic storyline allowed the movie and the characters and the lies to spiral out of control – and they did. The film starts really funny, then the lies got more complicated and it all starts to get a little cringy. However, out of nowhere near the end the film starts to get quite touching! Something I really didn’t expect to see in a film starring Adam Sandler!
The reason Just Go with It was touching at the end was definitely down to the performance of Jennifer Aniston. In my opinion the best performance in the film, she delivered her role as the single mum very well and more importantly, made her a fun and enjoyable character to watch. However it was her kids – highly rated child-actress Bailee Madison as Maggie and Michael, played by Griffin Gluck – that stole the show. The chemistry they had together, and particularly the chemistry they had with Adam Sandler, counted for the majority of laughs and genuinely happy moments in the film. It goes without saying that Adam Sandler was particularly funny in this film, although this character is exactly the same as in most of his other films and he isn’t as good at romance as accomplished actors such as Aniston, or even other comedy actors.
I’m not sure how much can be said for the directorial performance by Dennis Dugan. He hasn’t written the film so you cannot give him credit for that. There is some decent shots in this film though, particularly as the ‘family’ walk into the play-centre together (the slow-motion scene, you’ll know what I’m talking about if you’ve seen it), so don’t think I’m saying Dugan hasn’t done very well because he has done just fine, I just don’t think there was really that much to do that would challenge him and make him create something exceptional.
All in all this is just what you would expect, an evening comedy starring Adam Sandler that is fairly funny but not a laugh out loud as some of his other films. However this film does have a sensitive side and is well worth a watch if you’re a fan of other Sandler comedies.
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