Just Go With It – Review
Posted by FATEMA H.KAGALWALA on April 8, 2011 | 1 Comment
PRODUCER – Adam Sandler, Jack Giarraputo and Heather Parry
DIRECTOR – Dennis Dugan
WRITER – Allan Loeb, Timothy Dowling, (based on Cactus Flower, screenplay by I.A.L. Diamond, stage play by Abe Burrows, based upon a French play by Barillet and Gredy)
CAST – Adam Sandler, Jennifer Anniston, Brooklyn Decker
MUSIC – Rupert Gregson-Williams
For a movie as amiable as its title, it shouldn’t take much to warm upto. And ‘Just Go With It’ does give some opportunity for the same but with a very see-sawing, sometimes here, sometimes there attitude. So the take-away then remains as lukewarm as the title suggests.
But then placing the last paragraph of the review as its opening does disservice to an audience who may not mind their food with less pepper and lesser salt.
Dennis Dugan’s rom-com ‘Just Go With It’ starring Adam Sandler (Danny) and Jennifer Anniston (Katherine) starts with a chick-magnet plastic surgeon Sandler still sporting his wedding ring despite having walked out of his marriage years back. The ring is actually the magnet and he keeps it since he likes it that way, the situation i.e., not the ring. Until one day when he meets Palmer (Brooklyn Decker) and she wishes to meet his wife. Danny needs to now produce a wife and he promptly asks for the services of Katherine, his efficient nurse who is a divorcee with two kids to play the part. Katherine decides to ‘Just Go With It’ and the extended family (along with Palmer) land up in Hawaii spending quality time and getting to know each other better.
The film has some sass and sauce but never lets itself stretch fully limiting a lot of potential it had for rip-roaring, memorable farce. The story isn’t anything new. Borrowed from a French and Broadway farce, it was also made into a movie in 1969 – Cactus Flower. But the film trips itself on the original nice-ness in times where spice is far more appealing.
So Danny tries to do everything right and with a heart despite that all his relationships are based on mountains of lies. So Katherine plays her part with sincerity and a common naivete despite the independent, sensible woman she is supposed to be. And Palmer remains the goodie-tow-shoes ‘other woman’. Even Nicole Kidman’s character suffuses the film with some more saccharine making the film look incredibly insecure about showing negative or dramatic shades.
This trying to play safe constantly has the film restrained and this despite being an Adam Sandler film. The women look hot and everyone seems to be having fun. The frames are lit up and Hawaii is gorgeous. The kids are sweet and not precocious props. Yet, ‘Just Go With It’ remains tame. But not really bad to make your coke sweeter for those popcorn-crunching times.