Just Go with It is a conventional romantic comedy where you feel like you know all the twists and the end before you learn the names of the characters involved. It has lost all the teeth and engines of the 1969 original, directed by Gene Saks and starring Ingrid Bergman, Walter Matthau, and Goldie Hawn. The film was based on a French play, and included a suicidal attempt, passion, and twists that looked unexpected mostly due to the quality of the acting. This cast could have acted out the phone book and we would be crying and laughing. In the 2011 remake we are left with the following story:
Danny (Adam Sandler) persuades his assistant Katherine (Jennifer Anniston), to pretend to be the wife he divorcing to give his heart to the young and sexy Palmer (Brooklyn Decker). First, Katherine uses the situation to get some major shoes out of her boss (shoes are sexy -how original), then her children, who have to stand in for Danny’s children follow their mother’s steps and blackmail Danny into providing a Hawaiian vacation. While pursuing his hot blond prey Danny connects with the children and gives his heart to his “old” assistant. Sounds very touching and looks adorable. The picture of Danny playing with the children melts our hearts. The question one may want to ask is why he got so attached to this family of money extortionists.
The film is cast exactly to type. Sandler is grumpy, goofy, and somewhat charming. Aniston is a slightly edgier Rachel. (Remember Friends?) Aniston is always Rachel with slight modifications and we do not expect and do not want anything different from her. It would have been very confusing to see Aniston actually playing a role. It will look like she was an “actress or something”. Fantasies aside we get what we expect. If we do not like it we are the only ones to blame as we paid for a romantic comedy with Jennifer Aniston.
Having said that, there are some jokes and funny moments to enjoy although they are predictable as well. What is less predictable is the appearance of Nicole Kidman (Delvin Adams). Classy as always, Kidman has no business being in this film. What is positive is that we get a break from the sea of funny goofiness and enjoy some style, not spoiled even by the overall style of the movie.
By the way, what is the style of this film? It is hard to say with an absence of camera, light, and direction. The films grows and shapes up naturally as vegetation. Only when you see Kidman do you realize how mushy the rest of the film’s tissue is. The question remains why the director, Dennis Dugan, invited Kidman at all. It was probably expensive and “damaging” for the film.
As a contemporary romantic comedy it is not bad, it is simply average.
Director: Dennis Dugan
Casts: Adam Sandler, Jennifer Aniston, Brooklyn Decker, Nicole Kidman, Nick Swardson, Bailee Madison, Griffin Gluck, Dave Matthews