Saturday, April 2, 2011

Just Go with It [2011]

Director: Dennis Dugan
Cast: Adam Sandler, Jennifer Aniston, Brooklyn Decker, Nicole Kidman, Dave Matthews
Genre: Romantic/Comedy
Rating: Teen (sexual content, brief nudity)
Comment: "Just go with it, and you'll have a good time!"

A successful plastic surgeon, Danny Maccabee (Adam Sandler) is traumatised by marriage after almost getting married to a woman who was going to marry him for the wrong reasons. But he quickly spots a silver lining as he is able to meet women and have a string of one night stands by feigning an unhappy marriage. Everything changes however, when he falls in love for real the second time in his life, this time to a girl named Palmer (Brooklyn Decker). Fearful of telling her the whole truth, Danny enlists the help of his office manager Katherine Murphy (Jennifer Aniston) to keep up the facade. They struggle to maintain the web of lies and hilarity ensues.

What to Expect
1. Lots of funny moments
2. Surprisingly well-written for a rom-com movie
3. Adam Sandler being Adam Sandler
4. Jennifer Aniston being Rachel (Well, not quite)

What NOT to Expect
1. To be entirely original or unpredictable
2. A dull moment
A good one for laughs, and to pass the time
Critics were needlessly harsh about this movie. I mean, nobody said this was going to be the modern-day Casablanca [1942] or anything of the sort. Frankly I'm not really a fan of Adam Sandler either, although I don't exactly look the other way whenever this guy comes along. If you ask me, this might just be his best since 50 First Dates [2004].

My biggest delight was how well-written the script was. While most romantic-comedies roam too closely in the familiar territory, this one benefited from clever writing of the screenplay. The script embraced plenty of the conventions of the genre, yet it was written in such a way that it didn't feel all dragged out, with plenty of running jokes to keep you in the loop.

Of course, being a Dennis Dugan plus Adam Sandler movie, there was plenty of slapstick and physical humour to go along with it, making this one lighthearted movie, a good one to watch on a lazy afternoon.

There really isn't much else to say about the movie because it's pretty straightforward. It played out like a 100 minute sitcom, and reading too much into it will suck the fun out of it. With that being said, I'd say it's noteworthy that it's really memorable characters that makes a sitcom work; and this movie has plenty of that.

Adam Sandler didn't work alone, and he didn't have Rob Schneider or Steve Buscemi this time around either. In that aspect, there was something new to the table. Plenty of characters stole the show, from the children, Dave Matthews surprisingly made me chuckle a few times, and of course the ladies who provided some eye candy for the male demographic.

I love the boy's deadpan expression...

Should you go see it?
I would simply rate this movie as "A good watch", because... it's pretty much what you would come to expect from a Dennis Dugan-Adam Sandler movie. Judging by the reaction from the audience yesterday, this one provide plenty of laughs and quite a few heartwarming moments. Like I mentioned earlier, very much like a sitcom. If that sounds like it's right up your alley, you'll have a good time.

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