"Honesty Is the Best Policy"
JUST GO WITH IT is a serviceable, typical Adam Sandler romantic comedy. There are some funny, even heartwarming, moments, but there are also some crude sex jokes and foul language.
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.
(PaPa, H, B, Ro, Ho, LLL, V, SS, N, AA, DD, MM) Strong mixed pagan worldview with a reference to a Jewish temple, some pagan content, some humanist elements, some moral content, and some light Romantic attitudes, plus a few crude homosexual jokes; about 13 obscenities (no “f” words) and 25 light profanities, plus some scatological humor, a couple vulgarities when boy accidentally trips and runs into man’s thigh, and people substitute a woman’s name for the “s” word ; some comic violence such as man gives a choking sheep the Heimlich maneuver, a comic slap, man pushes two children onto some pillows, and another man shoves woman underwater several times in a public hotel pool so she doesn’t realize people are lying to her; strong crude sexual jokes, jokes about plastic surgery involving women’s breasts and rear-end implants for a man, implied fornication, and a couple crude homosexual jokes; upper male nudity, implied nudity and women in skimpy bikinis with revealing female cleavage; alcohol use and drunkenness; no smoking but false jokes are made about a woman popping pills; and, strong miscellaneous immorality includes much lying but truth wins out in the end, woman and man pretend to be married and getting a divorce so they trade insults at one another in public, plastic surgery jokes, insincerity, children manipulate man who asks them to lie for him, and two couples try to move a coconut to their mouths without using their hands.
JUST GO WITH IT stars Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston as Danny and Katherine, a plastic surgeon and his assistant. Danny involves Katherine, a single mother, and her two children in an elaborate lie about divorcing his non-existent wife. Danny’s new girlfriend, a beautiful young schoolteacher who may be the girl of his dreams, found the wedding ring he uses to pose as a henpecked husband and gain women’s sympathies. Now, the girlfriend wants to meet the wife Danny is supposed to be divorcing. Of course, one lie leads to another and another.
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.