Just Go With It
Just Go With It is a 2011 American comedy film directed by Dennis Dugan, co-written by Alan Loeb and Timothy Dowling, and produced by Jack Giarraputo, Heather Parry, and Adam Sandler, who also starred in the film alongside co-stars Jennifer Aniston, Nicole Kidman, Nick Swardson, and Brooklyn Decker.
Danny, after getting burned in a previous relationship, decides to avoid commitment by telling every girl he hooks up with that he's married. But when he meets a gorgeous young girl named Palmer, he thinks she could be the one until she finds out he's "married". So in order to keep their relationship still going, he tells her that he and his "wife" are getting a divorce. When she insists on meeting her, he asks Katherine to pose as his wife. Katherine takes a call from one of her children, Palmer assumes that they're Danny's so wants to meet them. And it's at this meeting that Katherine's son tricks Danny into taking them all on a trip to Hawaii.
Bad Qualities You Can't Just Go With
- The plot is stretched far too thinly, with padding to fill out the two-hour run-time.
- Every SINGLE character in the movie are portrayed as idiots, which brings the great and Late Roger Ebert to say "Everyone's too stupid to be in a movie".
- Particulary with Brooklyn Decker's character: Palmer. She's not a cliché dumb blonde but she's very naive at some moments, per instance: in the scenes where Danny talks her about his wife and children (and you can obviously tell he's lying) she belives him right away.
- Danny is also very stupid, the moments where Palmer questions him about his wedding ring or his apparent children, he takes too long to answer when he can give her simple answers such as that the ring is not his but a friend's or that his children are actually of the lover of his "wife's" and that's why he's divorcing her.
- Nick Swardson plays a complete idiot like in any other Happy Madison movie.
- Nicole Kidman, a usually very talented actress, plays probably the MOST ANNOYING AND IRRITATING character in an Adam Sandler comedy.
- The writing is very poor:
- The scene where Danny ends his own chain of the lie is done completely off-screen when it was crucial to the story.
- By the end of the third act, the movie completely forgets about Palmer's character and gives a very poor resolution. Literally, at the end of the movie they just say: she found herself a guy and that's it for her.
- Brooklyn Decker and Jennifer Anniston are somewhat sexualized in some scenes
- Bad and cringey comedy all-around.
- Gratuitous and stupid cameos by either Sandler's friends or other, usually-talented actors.
- Heavy product placement of Pizza Hut, Pepsi, etc..
Good Qualities You Can Just Go With
- Jennifer Aniston is really down to Earth in her performance and has good chemistry with Adam Sandler.
- Brooklyn Decker's character is actually pretty cute and likeable.
Awards and Nominations
Just Go With It would win two Golden Raspberry Awards alongside Jack and Jill with Worst Actor for Adam Sandler, and Worst Director for Denis Dugan, as well as be nominated for Worst Screen Couple for Sandler, Brooklyn Decker, and Jennifer Aniston, Worst Supporting Actor for Nick Swardson, and Worst Supporting Actress for Nicole Kidman.
- The working titles for this film was Holiday in Hawaii and Pretend Wife.