Just Go With It review

Juliet Brooks ('13)/Eastside news/features editor

The movie poster for Just Go With It, courtesy of iwatchstuff.com

 

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As much as I love Adam Sandler, I was a bit dubious about his newest movie, Just Go With It. I could tell just from the movie poster(Sandler and Jennifer Aniston clinking glasses on a beach) that Just Go With It was a chick flick, and what business had Sandler in a chick flick? Co-starring with Jennifer Aniston, no less! But I have to say that Just Go With It might be one of the funniest movies I’ve ever seen.
Is it Dolf (Nick Swardson) and his goat herd that make the movie? Or is it the twenty-something blonde school teacher named Palmer (Brooklyn Decker) who Danny (Sandler) is attempting to woo?
Maybe it’s not a specific character that makes the movie – I’d be much remiss if I didn’t give the plot its due. Danny, a plastic surgeon a bit past his prime, pretends to be in an abusive marriage in order to get girls. He finally finds a girl who he actually wants to be with, but when she sees his wedding ring and assumes that he’s already married, she panics.
In order to get Palmer back, Danny says that he’s about to get a divorce. The only problem? Palmer wants to meet the soon-to-be ex-wife that he made up. He finds a solution in the form of Katherine (Aniston), his close friend and employee.
The lie spirals out of control when Katherine gets a phone call from her kids, and Palmer, assuming that they’re Danny’s, wants to meet them. At this introduction, the son, Michael (Griffin Gluck) tells Palmer that his dad promised to take him to Hawaii, but never made good on the promise. Palmer is outraged at this failure on Danny’s part, and so Danny treats the whole “family,” plus his girlfriend, to a vacation.
As the chaos continues, Danny and Katherine have to work more closely than ever in order to keep everyone else in the dark. The film ends just as predictably as every other chick flick ever. But in the romantic comedy genre, the movie is more about the journey than the destination.
In an hour and fifty minutes of ridiculous shenanigans and embarrassing moments, everything that can go wrong, goes wrong. For a movie of its genre,  it’s meaningful – relationships and characters are developed expansively in a short time span. A message can truly be taken from the title as well as the movie. Just go with it. And, actually, just go watch this movie. It’s worth it.