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Friday, March 4, 2011

Just Go With It

Directed by: Dennis Dugan
Release date: 11 Feb 2011 UK and US
Starring: Adam Sandler, Jennifer Aniston, Nicole Kidman, Bailee Madison, Griffin Gluck, Brooklyn Decker, Nick Swardson


He said:

Sandler seems to flop back and fourth between rom-coms aimed at romantically deprived 30 somethings and comedies aimed at horny juvenile men. I'm not sure if this is a deliberate choice on Sandler's part or if he is just playing the cards he's been dealt, but Just Go With It is one of the rare rom-coms where this comedian seems at home in his element.

That isn't to say the film isn't predictable; Helen and I had guessed the narrative after seeing a poster at the cinema (before we had seen so much as a trailer.) The fact is that most romantic comedies follow one of four plot lines:
1)The best friend that wants to be more than friends;
2)The independent woman that doesn't need a partner, but secretly wants one;
3)The two best friends that cross the line of friendship and test their relationship;
4)The relationship based on lies, eg: crushing on the best friend's girl/boy, having more or less money than assumed, pretending to be someone else etc...)

While there is nothing wrong with the above formulas it is always nice when a familiar formula is given a fresh coat of paint. Just Go With It is a fun story that doesn't ever feel tired even when you know where the story is heading after the first 20 minutes. Aniston and Sandler have great chemistry on screen and the films two children stole every scene they were in together.

This is a fun film (with a fantastic and unexpected cameo appearance) that at the very least would make for an excellent date night for the parents and has plenty of humour to be enjoyed by the whole family. I really enjoyed it. I give it {{{4 out of 5}}}

She said:

I also really enjoyed this film. Adam Sandler shines in romantic comedies and although there is a part of me that wants him to only ever do films with Drew Barrymore, as James said there is a great chemistry with Aniston. Having seen a lot of heavy films recently it is nice to have had a chance to unwind with some comedies and this one was a great choice.

I felt that the third act stretched a little bit (perhaps due to my impatience with the inevitability of it all) but overall the film was well paced and had no dull moments. This film isn't going to win any awards but in terms of enjoyability it is definitely a winner. As James said the real stars of the show were the children who did indeed steal every scene they were in. Considering the amount of average child performances in movies it is lovely to see such young actors with a firm grasp of comic timing.

I wouldn't describe this film as a 'must see' but I would definitely recommend it as one of the better rom-coms in the barrel-full churned out by Hollywood. The humour is spot on for comedy snobs like me. It has just the right amount of cringe worthy moments but without falling too far into the crude and immature. I think this is a harmless comedy with Adam Sandler at his best. I give this film {{{3 out of 5}}}

They said:

Aniston and Sandler show fantastic chemistry while a true Hollywood star gives a performance like you've never seen her before! We give this film {{{7 out of 10}}}

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