777. Just Go With It (2011)

6.5 Not Sandler's worst
  • Acting 6.8
  • Directing 6.7
  • Story 6.0
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Starring: Adam Sandler, Jennifer Aniston, Brooklyn Decker

Director: Dennis Dugan

Running Time: 117 mins

Just Go With It is an American film about a plastic surgeon who falls in love with a girl whilst pretending to be married. However, when the girl asks to meet his ‘wife’, he has to make up a fake family, who he ends up taking to Hawaii on a ‘family holiday’ to keep up the illusion.

This is an interesting one. It’s an Adam Sandler film that’s as unfunny as normal, with a plot as absolutely ridiculous and preposterous as normal, but it’s not actually that annoying! For once, I actually got to watch Adam Sandler on screen and finish the film without my teeth having been ground to sawdust by my frustration at how annoying he is, which I was delighted to see.

I don’t really know how to explain how this film isn’t as annoying as you’d expect from Mr. Sandler, but it just is. I think that the main reason for that is that none of the characters are particularly insane or loud (except for the daughter, who did get on my nerves quite easily), everybody’s a bit more down to earth and believable, which was a nice, more pleasant thing to see than what we’ve come to get used to.

However, don’t start to think that this is a good film, because it still isn’t. This is another example of Sandler’s comedy being so overly simplistic and dumb that it just isn’t funny. There were no jokes that surprised me in this film, I was never really entertained by any given gag, it was just a two-hour long case of chuckles, nothing more.

Meanwhile, the story is still as stupid as ever. I don’t know how the writers for Sandler’s films come up with these stories that are so convoluted that there is never any point in even trying to pay attention, because you’ll just get lost in this tangled web of idiocy, which made this yet again even more boring to sit through.

Overall, this gets a 6.5, because despite being delightfully un-annoying, it was still a stupidly unfunny and preposterous comedy that ended up really boring me.


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The Mad Movie Man, AKA Anthony Cullen, writes articles and reviews about movies and the world of cinema. Since January 1st, 2013, he has watched and reviewed a movie every day. This is the blog dedicated to the project: www.madmovieman.com