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Total Crap35.71%

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Just Go With It
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by Erik Childress

"Just Don't Go TO It!"
1 stars

To this day I will defend Dennis Dugan's Brain Donors, a '90s attempt to make a Marx Brothers-ish farce under the watchful eyes of the Zucker brothers. Since then, Dugan has settled in with the Adam Sandler crew, directing his funniest vehicle to date (Happy Gilmore) and, by far, his worst (the offensively awful I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry). Now comes Just Go With It, a loose remake of 1968's Cactus Flower, but whose plot is probably more identifiable with any TV sitcom or wannabe farce in the last forty years to involve a lie that spreads into bigger ones. The biggest lie associated with this is that it is actually a movie at all. So bad is Just Go With It that I found myself after the screening having to remind colleagues how bad Chuck & Larry was so as not to prematurely label it as the worst film Sandler has ever been associated with. It is the second worst.

In the film, Sandler plays Danny who has found in the wake of walking out on his bitch of a fiance that chicks dig guys with wedding rings. The film naturally bypasses all the social, moral and psychological baggage associated with this and uses it merely as a 25-year springboard for Danny to lie-and-lay. Since then he has become a wealthy plastic surgeon (chicks dig rings more than money?) and shares an office with single mother of two, Katherine (Jennifer Aniston), the only woman he ever opens up to. That is until he meets Palmer (SI swimsuit cover gal Brooklyn Decker), an early 20s schoolteacher who dresses like a groupie at parties thrown by rich guys. (Why is she at that party again?) They share a purported meaningful evening on the beach, have sex, and then she discovers the wedding ring in his pocket. Instead of coming up with a believable lie, Danny panics and she traipses off. With some time to get his faculties about him, Danny tracks her down at her school and tells her he is getting divorced. Not full-on divorced. Getting divorced. Unnaturally, Palmer believes she is the reason and wants to meet this soon-to-be-ex-wife. Before we continue, let me say that no pussy is worth this.

Roping Katherine in to be his fake ex, she gets a shopping spree of countless thousands of dollars. Her kids get bribed into being his pretend children. And the lot of them get an all-expenses paid trip to Hawaii for the second half of the film. Mind you, as presented in the film, this is all after one night with Palmer who is making Danny jump through hoops to get a second taste. By Hawaii, he is already looking at engagement rings. All this after one of the least convincing introductory courtship scenes of all time. Someday (soon, hopefully) someone will provide an estimate to how much this plastic surgeon spends to lie to a woman who shows no distinguishable characteristics from any of the other women he has conquered over the years. (Hint: All have nice boobs.) Congratulations, Minka Kelly, you are currently featured in the two worst films of 2011. The fact that both open at #1 is even sadder than this fib of a movie.

When a child runs in front of our cast in slow motion and throws a full soda at his pregnant mom, you will have seen the only thing worth a laugh in the entire picture. That is because it is the only unexpected thing that happens through all of its excruciating 109 minutes. Jennifer Aniston and the appearance of an Oscar-winning actress (with a pretty large supporting role not seen in the trailers) at least seem to believe they are in a movie. Sandler is walking through this thing with the belief that anything he does is going to be funny. There is no attempt to create a character or to do anything but his stale shtick of goofy voices and inviting friends to join him. More effort is put into the soundtrack which features more song mash-ups than an entire season of Glee. Nick Swardson must never be allowed to be given as high as a fourth billing again. And to say Brooklyn Decker is pretty awful as the romantic interest might be unfair since the character as written - splitting the difference between the clueless other woman and Malin Akerman's annoying twit in The Heartbreak Kid remake - would have given Goldie Hawn problems. And she won an Oscar for it in '68. Since the term "spoiler alert" was not invented for films of this type and everyone knows precisely where it is going, it is still amazing that Decker's character is so superfluous and not respected by the filmmakers that they forego her entire discovery scene and instead is taking the kids out for ice cream while Danny can proclaim his true love.

The title, Just Go With It, actually derives from a reference to actors being quick-on-your-feet improv artists. Rather it should refer to audiences not even needing a title for a Happy Madison production because they will just show up anyway. God help you if you spend money on this. And many will as one of these Sandler productions haven't failed to reach $100 million since 2000's Little Nicky. How appropriate then that the film includes a scene of a sheep being given the Heimlich maneuver. To paraphrase one of the film's running ideas of a joke, this film is a real piece of Devlin.

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User Comments

4/26/16 Ken Ugly and not really funny. 2 stars
3/18/13 Mireya funny 4 stars
11/07/11 elliott zeller this "film" was one of the worst in history. 1 stars
7/28/11 the dork knight Stupid, but worth it for Sandler's improv. 4 stars
7/14/11 savvysweep1 parts were extremely funny --dragged a little in some scenes 4 stars
3/13/11 Luis Not that bad. 3 stars
2/23/11 Bronson Adam Sandler! Nuff said 1 stars
2/17/11 Luisa it dragged... funny parts are forced.. i still like Nick Swardson though 3 stars
2/15/11 w thomas terribile, disgusting 1 stars
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