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JUST GO WITH IT

SYNOPSIS:
Danny (Adam Sandler) is a plastic surgeon who uses reverse-psychology to win the girls: he lies and tells them he is married. When he falls for Palmer (Brooklyn Decker), a stunning 23 year old school teacher, he tells her although he is married, he will soon be divorced. But Palmer insists on meeting his soon-to-be ex, so Danny asks his assistant Katherine (Jennifer Aniston), a single mum with two kids, to help him out of his sticky situation. As one lie leads to another, all the parties fly to Hawaii where they run into Katherine's snobbish college rival Devlin, who has lost none of her competitive nature and who is telling lies of her own.

Review by Louise Keller:
Danny (Sandler) picks up girls by telling them he's married - to a wife who mistreats him; it's a sympathy thing. But when he falls for stunning 23 year old teacher Palmer (Decker), he explains he will soon be divorced.

To Danny's horror, Palmer insists on meeting his soon-to-be ex, so in desperation Danny asks his assistant Katherine (Aniston), a single mum with two kids, to help him out. As one little lie leads to another, all parties fly to Hawaii where they run into Katherine's vile college rival Devlin (Kidman). Watch out for the hula competition in which Kidman and Aniston shake their booty.

Strictly for non demanding Adam Sandler fans, the redeeming aspect of this saccharine romantic comedy is its good-hearted nature. However, the plot is appropriately plastic: Danny is a plastic surgeon and the story is as predictable as its happy ending as his fate hangs between two beautiful women.

Low-brow skits are slung together in sit-com fashion bringing some laughs and several cringes . . . such as the film's low point of giving a sheep mouth to mouth resuscitation. It is left to Aniston to bring sweetness and heart to the proceedings, which she does effortlessly and with style.

After a Pretty Woman shopping scene, in which Katherine gets a makeover, Aniston's eye-boggling entrance when she meets Palmer is a knockout. Katherine and Danny spit out lies about each other as quickly as Katherine downs a dry martini but every lie has a consequence...

The Hawaiian scenery is gorgeous as expected and swimsuit model Brooklyn Decker is impressive in her feature debut as the object of Sandler's desires. The film goes on too long and it is with relief that the finishing post finally comes into view, when jokes are swept aside and matters of the heart come to their inevitable conclusion.
First published in the Sun-Herald

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CRITICAL COUNT
Favourable: 0
Unfavourable: 0
Mixed: 1

JUST GO WITH IT (M)
(US, 2011)

CAST: Adam Sandler, Jennifer Aniston, Nicole Kidman, Nick Swardson, Brooklyn Decker, Bailee Madison, Griffin Gluck, Dave Matthews

PRODUCER: Jack Giarraputo, Heather Parry, Adam Sandler

DIRECTOR: Dennis Dugan

SCRIPT: Allan Loeb, Timothy Dowling, I.A.L. Diamond (screenplay Cactus Flower)

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Theo van de Sande

EDITOR: Tom Costain

MUSIC: Rupert Gregson-Williams

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Perry Andelin Blake

RUNNING TIME: 116 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Sony

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: March 31, 2011







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