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Thank you for checking out my movie review archive. I'm in the process of transitioning to something else, so I will no longer post new reviews to this blog. In the meantime, I will keep these reviews archived; these are from the fall of 2008 to April 2011. Please watch this blog for more info and keep in touch (you can still find me on Facebook and Twitter). Here's to more great movies!

Wes Singleton

North Texas Film Critics Association

Friday, February 11, 2011

Just Go With It - D

Rated PG-13 for frequent crude and sexual content, partial nudity, brief drug references and language, 105 minutes

Please, do not "Just Go With It," the latest Sandler dreck

Truthfully, I do not hate Adam Sandler as a person. I've seen him in interviews and have heard for years what a nice guy he is. His movies, on the other hand, are a different story. Usually broad, low-brow comedy that's designed to entertain and make big bucks for the studio, Sandler clearly makes films for audiences and not for critics. His latest comedy, "Just Go With It," co-starring Jennifer Aniston, is no different. Offensive, unfunny and often boring, you've seen the best parts in the trailers.

Sandler is Dr. Danny Macabee, a successful Beverly Hills plastic surgeon who was jilted at the altar years ago due to his looks. Instead, he pretends to be married, and uses his bad "marriage" to pick up women for one-night stands. Then, he finally meets a girl named Palmer (Brooklyn Decker) that he really seems to like. She finds his fake wedding ring in is pocket and he concocts a story that he's actually going through a divorce. The only thing is, Palmer wants to meet his soon-to-be "ex," so Danny's assistant, Katherine (Aniston) pretends to be his ex and mother of his children. They plan a trip to Hawaii that will ultimately change all of their lives.

"Just Go With It" is an unfunny, tiresome waste of time and talent that follows the familiar Sandler formula of a schlubby guy finding the real meaning of love and relationships with a hot woman. This time, he brings down not one, but two lovely women, with the busty Decker and the always-hot Aniston to keep him company this time (but both of whom, especially Decker, are wasted; this represents a career-low for Aniston).

Aniston and Sandler, who have been longtime friends in real life, have a playful, warm chemistry together, but when the script (very loosely based on the 1969 film "Cactus Flower" that turned Goldie Hawn into a star) and direction from Dennis Dugan, who's responsible for most of Sandler's comedies, is this awful, it doesn't really make a difference. It's so offensively and predictably done that not even Oscar-winner Nicole Kidman's brief appearance could help this mess out; there's more T&A here for a PG-13 film than most rated R films.

"Just Go With It" could likely describe Sandler's Hollywood career. His inability to play anything other than a version of himself will likely keep him doing comedies like this for years to come, and audiences will continue shelling out their hard-earned dollars for unfunny muck like this. As with most anything Sandler does, I don't recommend it unless you plan on making out through it.