U.S. Release Date: February 11, 2011
Just Go With It was a throwback to Adam Sandler’s 50 First Dates days – it was completely predictable, but still managed to be relatively funny.
It’s hard to comment on the skills of the actors in such a lighthearted comedy. In a movie like this, I always feel like there’s just a standard, mediocre skill level the actors need to maintain. It’s pretty much, “Don’t screw it up.” Which, in my opinion, the Just Go With It actors, did not screw it up.
What really made the film was the supporting cast. Adam Sandler was Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston was Jennifer Aniston. But, Nicole Kidman’s cameo was unexpectedly funny and Dave Matthews’ was even better. Nick Swardson, although definitely a character actor, was humorous. Bailee Madison and Griffin Gluck, who play Jennifer Aniston’s children, were hysterical. Brooklyn Decker did okay, but when you consider she is such a new actress it (hopefully) makes you cut her some slack.
There’s really not a lot to say about the plot. It allows for a lot of unexpectedly funny scenes, but it’s on the whole very predictable. However, I don’t think anyone these days goes to this type of comedy expecting much else.
If you are looking for a deep movie with high quality acting and really intelligent humor, this is obviously not the film for you. But, if you just want some laughs, some good cameos, and a cheerful movie, Just Go With It is definitely worth seeing.
Acting Grade: B-
Overall Grade: B