It's Not a Pile of Devlin
After discovering his wife to be has been cheating on him Danny Maccabee (Adam Sandler) headed to the bar and discovered the power of the wedding ring and a sob story to pick up girls. But after years of using a fake marriage to score one night stands with hot chicks Danny meets Palmer (Brooklyn Decker) and falls for this hot younger woman, except when she discovers the wedding ring in his pocket she leaves angry at him being married. To get out of this Danny persuades his assistant, Katherine (Jennifer Aniston), to pretend to be the wife he is divorcing but things backfire and he finds himself having to take Katherine and her children along with Palmer on a holiday to Hawaii where chaos ensues.
I will be the first to admit that when it comes to Adam Sandler movies more often than not I am now disappointed because they are a much of a muchness. It is how I thought I might be when I eventually sat down to watch "Just Go With It" as not only was the 117 minute running length a frightening thought but I saw that Sandler's buddy Dennis Dugan was the director. But I am a happy to report that "Just Go With It" was not the horror show of a comedy that I was expecting, yes it is typical and full of Sandler stupid but some jokes actually worked and were quite enjoyable.
Now lets get one thing very clear to start with "Just Go With It" is 90% obvious. When Danny takes Katherine along on holiday to masquerade as his soon to be ex and her kids are with them it doesn't take a genius to work out where this is going to go. Maybe I should say spoiler alert but of course not only will Danny end up bonding with her kids but they will realise that they are more just work colleagues and friends. As such any attempt to make things even a little bit more complicated with additional characters and back stories doesn't stop it from being predictable.
That of course means it is all about the comedy and in some ways this isn't the usual Adam Sandler show. Okay that is a bit of a lie because of course Sandler gets to deliver plenty of his quick talking, silly voiced comedy and much of it borders on the moronic but there is variation. That variation comes from Jennifer Aniston because she brings some romantic comedy vibe which is only typical stuff with her being gorgeous and quick with the responses but it works to take the focus off of Sandler, something which hasn't really happened since he starred alongside Drew Barrymore in "The Wedding Singer". Plus there is Bailee Madison whose English accent is gloriously over the top to the point it goes from amusing to annoying and then amusingly annoying.
What this all boils down to is that "Just Go With It" is a pleasant surprise as it is entertaining, more so than many a recent Adam Sandler comedy. But whilst entertaining it isn't anything special and not the sort of movie which demands a second viewing.