Posted on 2/25/11 12:13 PM
Adam Sandler is, let's face it, a guy that will split opinion forever. He has a legion of people that would like nothing more than for him to disappear from the face of film history, while others really like him. I'm in the latter group, I do not understand people's dislike towards Sandler. He has hit rough times, though, and outside of Funny People, some time has passed since he made a film that really separated itself from any average comedy. Just Go With It is therefore a breath of fresh air. It's got some irritating problems, but it's filled with witty jokes and even manages to hit upon some important values.
The film's protagonist is the opportunistic plastic surgeon Danny, who uses the wedding ring from his failed first marriage to pick up women. However, his philandering days hit a roadblock when Danny meets Palmer (Decker), a young, attractive teacher over 15 years younger than him. He wishes to change his ways, and convinces his assistant Katherine (Aniston) to play out a web of lies he gets into trying to eliminate his past.
When push comes to shove, the story is wildly confusing from a realistic perspective. Many of the scenarios feel completely fake, and would most likely never happen outside of the theater. However, the film picks up the slack with a steady flow of humor and slapstick. Yes, you'll have to be into those sorts of things in the first place to really enjoy it. If you're a serious type into more sophisticated humor, your needs would be much better met elsewhere. However, if you just play it loose, the film proves to be at some points laugh-out-loud funny.
Another oddity is how unconvincing some relationships are. Not much will be mentioned to avoid spoiling the film, but Sandler's character, for instance, seems to still be more interested in a certain character near the end despite everything else. However, Sandler is also shown in a relatively different manner here than in many of his previous films. Danny is a rough personality, but proves to be a kind person as the film goes on. You identify with him on a more casual basis and root for his goals. The two kids of Katherine that appear in the film are also some of the film's greatest features, being both charming and devilishly smart at times. Overall, the acting is solid, though the film would greatly benefit from moving away from the stereotypical idolization of Palmer's appearance.
As has been mentioned, the film is far from being perfect, but it has a sort of likeability that is absent in most of the rom-com schlock that seems to pop up every single month of the year. It's a solid film that will please those looking for a heart-warming, funny, if slightly confusing flick.