Much too ex-rated
Just go with it
Direction: Dennis Dugan
Cast: Adam Sandler, Jennifer Aniston
This is the sort of abysmal romantic comedy that consolidated Adam Sandler’s dubious funnyman reputation over the last two decades. Collaborating with director Dennis Dugan for their sixth film, Just Go With It is based, loosely, on the popular 1969 farce, Cactus Flower. An inexhaustible supply of smutty situations saturates the contemporary update into a blob of mediocrity.
This time, Sandler portrays a plastic-surgeon who recruits his assistant (Aniston) to masquerade as his soon-to-be-ex-wife in order to get the bikini-clad bombshell (swimsuit model Brooklyn Decker, taking over the role originated by Goldie Hawn) of his dreams.
The trio’s misadventures are interspersed with juvenile jokes, lame-brained antics and sloppy slow-motion shots. The believe-it-or-yawn affair adds up to much blarney about nothing.
Over the years, Adam Sandler has only honed his skill for being annoying. A gifted comedienne in search of a witty script, Jennifer Aniston deserves better than this humourless debacle.
In the supporting role of her one-time college rival, Nicole Kidman’s hula dance-off with Ms. Aniston ranks among the most embarrassing scenes ever endured by an A-list actress. Avoid.