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JUST GO WITH IT, 2011
A guy (Sandler) convinces a mother of two (Aniston) to pose as his soon-to-be-divorced wife in order to woo the woman of his dreams (Decker).
Release Date: 11 February 2011
This movie wasn't very good. If I would use one word to describe Just Go With It, that would be FLAT.
There just wasn't any emotion happening in this movie. You never really cared at all from the first to last frame, and therefore it was almost impossible to laugh.
OR, the movie was flat and lacked emotion because there was nothing to laugh at! It's either the spoiled chicken or the rotten egg, but all I know is that this film didn't go down very well.
I've enjoyed many Adam Sandler films in the past. And I think director Dennis Dugan is pretty good at helming comedy. But both didn't do very well at all when executing this project. In fact, I'll assume that this was a script collecting dust in Sandler's sock drawer for 15 years, because this wasn't a film the 45 year old should be making now. He seemed to be phoning in this performance without showcasing any of his usual charm.
The most underwritten and confusing role in the film is Sandler's woman of his dreams character, played by Brooklyn Decker. A model starring in her first film role. She's a 24 year old woman who falls for Sandler for some reason. Why? Who knows, why? But she did. To make jokes about their age difference, they use none of the many differences of the mentality of Generation X to her Generation Y. Just the communication differences of facebook, texting, verbal shorthand could of told 100s of jokes.
But what joke do they tell to show their age difference? She likes NSYNC! Say what? NSYNC is a band who retired ages ago and most people her age probably wouldn't of known them, much less anyone in the audience 22 years or younger. And she's listening to them with a getto blaster while in the shower! No IPad?
But besides all that, we know nothing about her at all. We have no idea why she likes Sandler and vice versa. The only reason he seems to like her is because she looks so great in a bikini. That vanity obsession usually works fine for a main character in a Hollywood film, but his character was established as some kind of smart guy who has depth.
Then Jennifer Aniston (yes she's in the film) plays a character who usually wears glasses and doesn't brush her hair. So she's supposed to be not that attractive. Then in the 2nd act she ends up wearing a bikini, and then Sandler discovers that he might have feelings for her too! I guess if aliens were to watch this film to understand the essence of human nature, they would assume that in order for love to occur between a man and a woman, the woman needs to look good in a bikini!
The only bright spot in the film is Dan Patrick. The man from the anchor desk at ESPN who appears in a cameo in every Sandler film. He's the where's Waldo of his films as he usually surfaces playing a cop with a bad mustache for about 20 seconds. But in this film Sandler gave Patrick his golden role, playing Tanner Patrick, the hula dance judge and commentator.
He cracked jokes and mocked both Aniston and Nicole Kidman (yes, she's in the movie too!) as they did their best hula dance. It's a funny scene and got a lot of laughs from the crowd I saw the film with. The only real laughs in the entire film.
On Dan Patrick's radio show, he talked about how he showed up in Hawaii without knowing what he was supposed to be doing. They gave him the script the night before we was going to shoot the scene and he didn't have any lines, much less a name of the character he was playing.
Sandler told him to just "wing it". So Patrick created his Tanner Patrick name, and started riffing lines during the hula contest.
And that sort of sums up this film. They all just "winged it". Perhaps there wasn't any lines or character names in everyone's scripts. And winging it is like monkey's typing in a typewriter. Usually it leads to dribble, but someone's there is an actual sentence written. And Patrick was that monkey this time!
How does Sandler get away with this? He flies in a non-actor to Hawaii and tells him to do Improv with Jennifer Aniston and Nicole Kidman in a Hollywood feature film. Please someone, anyone, tell me how this can happen?
Just Go With It will be on many people's list as one of the worst films of 2011.
JUST GO WITH IT