Just Go With It Movie Review: Jennifer Aniston Provides Breath of Fresh Air

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If you miss Rachel on Friends, you're going to like watching Aniston in Just Go With It, as she 100% channels her Rachel character - and this time, it works.

Aniston plays Katherine, a single mom, who is a receptionist/assistant for successful plastic surgeon, Danny (Sandler).  After Danny gets heart broken on his wedding days years earlier, he pretends to be an unhappy married man in order to get women to sleep with him.  He finally finds a girl (supermodel Brooklyn Decker) he wants to be with - but runs into a little problem when she finds his fake wedding band.

Brooklyn Decker Paralyses in Just Go With It

Sandler enlists his dowdy (yeah...right) assistant Katherine to pretend to be his ex-wife - but first she needs a makeover (like any of us believe Aniston would ever need a makeover).  Anyway, she comes out looking all fresh and Aniston-like to meet the new young romantic interest, but makes the mistake of mentioning her kids (played by Bailee Madison and Griffin Gluck) - so now, Danny has a fake wife and fake kids.

Fake Ex-Wife Meet New Girlfriend

The lies become more confused when the unlikely group - fake ex-wife, fake kids, new girlfriend, fake new boyfriend, and Danny - all go to Hawaii on a big awkward family vacation.

Things are complicated even more when, in Hawaii, Katherine runs into her old college enemy, Devlin (played by Nicole Kidman), who's name Katherine is using as Danny fake wife (still with me?) and Katherine actually pretends to still be married to Danny.  This subplot is funny and provides a nice break from the whole "hot fake ex-wife meet hot new girlfriend," which can only carry the film for so long.

Loving the Kids

Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler both play their stereotypical roles, not taking any chances of expanding their acting repertoire with this one.  Sandler always plays the same role and sometimes it work, sometimes it doesn't.  This time, it doesn't.

His mumbling, self deprecating moments that have made him so popular with fans, are everywhere in this film, but they just weren't funny enough to make it believable that both women would be so enchanted by this man. 

Is that your ex?

The real shining star is Aniston who can't seem to expand her talents beyond cheesy rom coms, but she offered a breath of fresh air to what could have been an even staler flick. 

Bailee Madison, who plays Aniston daughter, is also a fresh face and produces quite a few of her own scene-stealing moments.

Jennifer Aniston Charms as Katherine in Just Go With It

It's actually completely unbelievable that awkward, sometimes funny, Adam Sandler would have so many gorgeous women falling all over him at one time.  Just sayin'.

Decker is very easy on the eyes and director Dennis Dugan wastes no time flaunting her assets.  Most of her scenes involve standing around and looking pretty, although she does deliver a few believable lines.

Nice Bikini

Dugan also seems to love poop - or else someone in control (perhaps Sandler) loves poop.  Warning: this film talks a lot about poop, jokes about poop, and even makes up a code word for poop.

Overall, the film provides quite a few funny moments in a rather unrealistic and outrageous storyline. If you are a Sandler fan and you love all his past films, you will also love this one - because it's exactly the same.  If you love Aniston, you will love this film.  Other than that, the storyline and characters themselves don't bring it home.

Just Go With It Review

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Just Go With It Review

If you miss Rachel on Friends, you're going to like watching Aniston in Just Go With It, as she 100% channels her Rachel character - and...

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