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‘Just Go With It’ goes all the way

Submitted by Kyle Troutman on March 5, 2011 – 2:12 pmOne Comment

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How can you make a romantic comedy enjoyable for a guy? Casting a comedy great like Adam Sandler as the lead helps, but the real kicker is putting Brooklyn Decker and Jennifer Aniston in plenty of Hawaiian bikini scenes.

“Just Go With It” tells the story of Danny (Adam Sandler), a plastic surgeon who gets young women by wearing the wedding band from his first failed marriage, telling each lady a different tale of spousal abuse or a marriage unfulfilled. After years of hooking up with women by telling lies, Danny meets Palmer (Brooklyn Decker) at a party and, after a passionate evening on the beach, feels like he could have a real connection with her. However, she finds his ring and storms off because he is “married.”

After obsessing over her at work, Danny confronts Palmer in her grade-school classroom and says he is married but it’s unfulfilling and he’s in the process of getting divorced. Excited over the news, Palmer demands to meet the soon-to-be ex-wife.  Danny, in an effort to get the girl of his dreams, convinces his assistant Katherine (Jennifer Aniston) to pose as his wife in a lunch date that turns into the two sarcastically highlighting one another’s flaws.

Everything goes great until, as she’s leaving, Katherine takes a call from her kids and Palmer thinks they are Danny’s kids as well. Demanding to meet the children, Danny convinces Katherine’s kids to pretend to be his for one day, but her clever son cons Danny into taking the entire group to Hawaii so he can swim with the sharks.

The trip turns into a web of lies that keeps getting bigger and bigger. Thankfully, the jokes keep on rolling, many of them resurfacing throughout the movie. Some of the funnier moments included Danny’s cousin Eddie (Nick Swardson), who snuck on the trip by claiming to be Katherine’s new German husband, wearing extremely thick glasses and claiming to be a sheep salesman.

Nicole Kidman also shakes things up as Katherine’s always-better-than-thou sorority sister Devlin. The unspoken competition between the two makes for great quips and cynical comedy.

At first glance, the movie looked to be run-of-the-mill, but it turned out to be a lot more hilarious than expected.  The running jokes did a great job in keeping viewers’ attention, and the uncanny situations Danny and Katherine get themselves into leave the audience squirming in their seats. If you’re looking for a laugh at least every 10 minutes for two hours, “Just Go With It” would be a sure-fire choice.

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