Just Go With It
Honesty Is the Best Policy
Starring: Adam Sandler, Jennifer
Aniston, Nicole Kidman,
Brooklyn Decler, Nick
Swardson, Bailee Madison,
Griffin Gluck, Dave Matthews,
Audience: Older teenagers and adults
Runtime: 110 minutes
Distributor: Columbia Pictures/Sony
Director: Dennis Dugan
Executive Producer: Barry Bernardi, Tim Herlihy,
Allen Covert, Steve Koren
Producer: Adam Sandler, Jack Giarraputo,
Writer: Allan Loeb, Timothy Dowling
Address Comments To:Michael Lynton, Chairman/CEO
Amy Pascal, Chairman - Motion Picture Group
Sony Pictures Entertainment
(Columbia Pictures/TriStar/Screen Gems/AFFIRM Films)
10202 West Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232-3195
Phone: (310) 244-4000
Fax: (310) 244-2626
Web Page: www.spe.sony.com/
The movie opens with Sandler’s character, Danny, revealing how, 20 years earlier, his Jewish fiancé broke his heart when he learned she was marrying him because he was going to be a rich cardiologist. He walked away from the upcoming nuptials, got his big nose fixed and became a plastic surgeon. At the same time, he learned that, if he pretended to be in a bad marriage while bar hopping, he had success with the ladies.
Almost 20 years later, Danny is a successful plastic surgeon in Los Angeles, still picking up the ladies with his wedding ring ruse. Then, while not using the ruse, he meets a beautiful, voluptuous 23-year-old blonde, named Palmer. They connect with one another and Danny thinks she may be the one, but she discovers the fake wedding ring in his pocket.
The next day, Danny brings her some flowers and makes up a story about getting a divorce from his horrible non-existent wife, but Palmer wants to meet the soon-to-be ex-wife and get the story from the horse’s mouth. So, Palmer convinces his divorced office manager, Katherine (played by Jennifer Aniston), to pose as his wife.
One lie, of course, leads to another and another. Soon, Palmer, Danny, Katherine, and Katherine’s two children are headed for Hawaii, all on Danny’s dime. Along for the ride is Danny’s cousin, Eddie, who’s posing as Katherine’s pretend German boyfriend, Dolph Lundgren. Another complication ensues when Danny and Katherine discover they have developed deeper feelings for one another.
There are inherent comical possibilities to this plot, which is loosely based on the play and 1969 movie CACTUS FLOWER starring Walter Matthau, Goldie Hawn and Ingrid Bergman. The filmmakers exploit those possibilities for all that they’re worth. Regrettably, the movie has many crude jokes, mostly about sex and body parts, along with some obscenities and many light profanities. There are also a few jokes about homosexuality – mostly, however, at the expense of other people, so the movie doesn’t seem to promote a political agenda.
The movie’s crude content deserves extreme caution. Overall, JUST GO WITH IT seems to follow Adam Sandler’s modern, comical, mostly secular worldview. Eventually, however, the truth wins out, and marriage and family are ultimately extolled.
There are inherent comical possibilities to this plot, which is loosely based on the play and movie CACTUS FLOWER. The filmmakers exploit these possibilities for all they’re worth. Regrettably, the movie has many crude jokes, mostly about sex and body parts, along with some obscenities and many light profanities. There are also a few homosexual jokes. Those are mostly done, however, at the expense of other people, so the movie doesn’t promote an agenda. Extreme caution is advised. Even though truth wins out in the end, and the movie ultimately views marriage and family as something positive.