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DVD Review: Just Go With It

June 7, 2011

Just Go With It – A Sony Pictures’ Release

http://www.sonypictures.com/homevideo/justgowithit/

DVD Release Date: June 7th, 2011

Rated PG for language may offend

Running time: 116 minutes

Dennis Dugan (dir.)

Allan Loeb (screenplay)

Timothy Dowling (screenplay)

Rupert Gregson-Williams (music)

Adam Sandler as Danny Maccabee

Jennifer Aniston as Katherine

Nick Swardsen as Eddie

Brooklyn Decker as Palmer

Our reviews below:

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Just Go With It DVD Review By John C.

**1/2 (out of 4)

In Just Go With It, renowned plastic surgeon Danny Maccabee (Adam Sandler) wears a wedding ring to pick up women by pretending he is in the final stages of a failing marriage.  But when he falls in love with the naive Palmer (Brooklyn Decker), she insists on meeting the supposed soon to be ex.  So Danny enlists the help of his assistant and platonic best friend Katherine (Jennifer Aniston) to pretend to be his cheating wife.  Things get out of hand when her kids enter the picture and true feelings start to emerge.

Although the film is overlong at 116-minutes with the majority of the plot and humour falling into the category of admittedly stupid, Just Go With It is surprisingly watchable and at its best even provides a few moments of mindless entertainment.  I can’t really call it a good movie, but fans of the actors or those looking for a Friday night rental are sure to be entertained and could certainly do a lot worse.

The Blu-ray includes numerous deleted scenes and featurettes, as well as commentary with director Dennis Dugan and the cast.

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Just Go With It DVD Review by Erin V.  

**1/2 (out of 4)

In Just Go With It, Adam Sandler plays Danny, a guy who since a failed marriage attempt 20 years prior, has pretended to be in a failing marriage in order to garner sympathy with single girls.  Katharine (Jennifer Aniston), his assistant at his plastic-surgery business, warns him that this will only lead to trouble – and it does.

When he meets Palmer (Brooklyn Decker), supposedly the girl of his dreams, she finds his fake wedding band in his pocket and freaks out.  When he says it’s from a marriage that’s ending, she insists upon meeting his soon to be ex.  Danny convinces Katharine to pretend to be his fake wife ‘Devlin’, but then Palmer finds out about her two kids, presumes they are also his, and the whole ‘family’ end up having to take a vacation to Hawaii together in order to keep up the ruse.  The whole thing ends up pretty predictable, but it’s not unwatchable.

This is a rom-com that actually works for what the genre suggests.  Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler have good chemistry together, and the rest of the cast fills out their roles well.  Although by no means brilliant, honestly – and pardon the phrasing – if you just go with it, you will find yourself having a fine time.  This is a surprisingly clean, and entertaining, (if a little long), film to spend an afternoon with.

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Just Go With It DVD Review By Nicole

**1/2 (out of 4)

Just Go With It is a charming romantic-comedy, following plastic surgeon Danny Maccabee (Adam Sandler) who never got married.  But he pretends to be in a failed marriage to pick up women.  One day, he meets a beautiful Barbie-lookalike (Brooklyn Decker), who falls for his story.  But now Danny has to back the story up, so he pretends that his divorced assistant Katherine (Jennifer Aniston) is his wife and pretends that her kids are their kids.  This leads everyone on a trip to Hawaii, with predictable but sweet results.

Just Go With It is funnier than some other modern romantic-comedies.  For the most part, it also offers a pleasant and refreshing break from the raunchy or gross-out humour that permeates much of today’s cinema.  Just Go With It provides relatively clean comedy that can be enjoyed by teens and adults of all ages.

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Just Go With It DVD Review By Maureen

**1/2 (out of 4)

Just Go With It is a mildly amusing and lighthearted romantic-comedy featuring Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston in the lead roles.  Sandler plays plastic surgeon Danny Macabee, a longtime bachelor whose secret to attracting women is to wear a phony wedding ring and play the poor, misunderstood husband.  The ploy works for him until he meets a beautiful grade school teacher, Palmer (Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model Brooklyn Decker).  Dr. Danny’s got to think fast and come up with a plausible story that will win over Palmer and keep his deception from being discovered.  With the help of his reliable office assistant, Katherine (Aniston) and her two children (Bailee Madison & Griffin Gluck) the group heads off to Hawaii for a weekend of misadventure and lie upon lie until a sweet (though predictable) truth comes to light.

There’s nothing brilliant or original about this lightweight and completely predictable romantic-comedy.  However the action and dialogue are just silly enough to make Just Go With It mildly amusing and a pleasant enough diversion.  Aniston is fun to watch as the fake wife, and the kid actors are also decent.  Sandler gives the sort of comedic performance fans have come to expect from him.  The film is a little long at two hours, but still worth a rental, especially if you are a fan of the lead actors.

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Just Go With It DVD Review By Tony

**1/2 (out of 4)

Just Go With It, a remake of Cactus Flower (1969) in turn based on a French farce, is the latest Adam Sandler vehicle from his Happy Madison production company under house director Dennis Dugan. Though it inevitably suffers in comparison to the earlier version in almost every way, my very low expectations as a non-fan of the usual Sandler shtik were exceeded by a surprisingly watchable film. The classic plot of a long-running servant-master relationship developing into much more is predictable in its final outcome so the enjoyment comes in the way it plays out.

Sandler plays Danny Maccabee (perhaps a nod to his perennial Channukah song), a plastic surgeon who has worn a wedding ring as a chick magnet over twenty years of one-night stands. But he gets serious when he meets Palmer (SI swimsuit model Brooklyn Decker), even though she is half his age, they have nothing in common, and she will not marry him without meeting his presumably soon-to-be ex-wife. His office assistant Katherine (Jennifer Aniston) is a single mother who agrees to play the role, and her two kids also get in on the act, but they drive a hard bargain, with Katherine getting a Rodeo Drive makeover and wardrobe, and Danny agreeing to take everybody to Hawaii with his shlub cousin Eddie (Nick Swardson) along for the ride as Katherine’s new beau. Things gradually end up as they should with amusing setbacks along the way, including a showdown between Katherine and her school nemesis Devlin (Nicole Kidman).

The film is largely saved by the banter between Sandler and Aniston as they share their feelings about what is going on. Some of the best admittedly cheap laughs come from patients that Danny has to save from previous bad outcomes, including Kevin Nealon with a face frozen by botox and two women with symmetry issues, a wayward eyebrow (Rachel Dratch) and a large half-buxom woman.

I would personally recommend going back to Cactus Flower, but most people should not be too disappointed with this version, especially fans of Sandler and Aniston.

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Consensus: Although the plot of Just Go With It is predictable and the humour often silly, fans of lead actors Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston or those looking for a mindless rental should be easily entertained.  **1/2 (Out of 4)

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