JUST GO WITH IT is one of those high-concept romantic comedies that can easily be described in one sentence:
The power of the wedding ring….(go ahead, you finish the sentence.)
You don’t have to be an Adam Sandler fan to get a kick out of it—but it helps.
Here’s the concept: It’s 1988 and an often made-fun-of young boy with a Karl Malden-like dick-shaped nose eventually has it surgically altered. Now fast forward some 22 years and the boy is now a successful plastic surgeon spending his weekends bedding hotties.
His schtick: Pretending to be unhappily married and about to get a divorce.
Sandler’ssecret weapon in these skirt searches; a fake wedding ring.
And guess what—it usually works!
It’s all smooth sailing for Sandler until he meets nubile schoolteacher Palmer, played by Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Brooklyn Decker. And on their chance meeting the ring doesn’t’t make it onto his finger, it stays in his pocket. Which Palmer, of course, discovers.
Sandler’s only hope to salvage his chances with her now is to prove his unhappily married with children scheme. Which he does by enlisting his office assistant Jennifer Aniston (and her two kids) to pretend to be his soon-to-be ex.
What ensues is a who’s-on-first kind of cover-up, culminating in a Hawaiian vacation free-for-all.
You can only imagine who Sandler eventually ends up with.
Some of the film’s early setups are very funny as Sandler unmercifully spoofs our obsession with nips and tucks.
The highlight has to be Kevin Nealon’s brief cameo in which he’s unable to move his facial features anymore.
In a more unusual appearance, Nicole Kidman plays one of Aniston’s more obnoxious past acquaintances. And even Dave Matthews shows up for the merriment.
Trouble is, the movie doesn’t sustain the hilarity.
By midway into its 1:46 hour long running time it runs out of steam. Which is to say it’s about 20 minutes too long.
Forecast: Adam Sandler enjoys a big fan base. Same goes for Jennifer Aniston. Combine these two factions and Columbia Pictures has a guaranteed big first week for the film. After that? Good luck!
JUST GO WITH IT raises 2-1/2 out of 5 only so-so fingers.
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