This movie review was originally aired on KTKA-49.
“Just Go With It” is a remake of a 1969 movie that won Goldie Hawn an Oscar, which was based itself on a Broadway play, which was based itself on a French play. You wouldn’t know it from looking at the end result.
The new movie stars Adam Sandler as a rich plastic surgeon who gets caught in a lie trying to impress a girl about half his age. To prove he’s getting a divorce, his assistant at the office (played by Jennifer Aniston) pretends to be his soon-to-be-ex-wife. One lie causes more lies until all three of them end up in Hawaii with Aniston’s kids and Sandler’s obnoxious cousin, all lying to preserve Sandler’s first lie.
If this sounds like a typical episode of “Three’s Company” stretched out to feature length, that’s because it pretty much is, except less believable and a whole lot less fun. Dennis Dugan is directing Sandler for the sixth time here, and neither filmmaker nor star are taking any chances. The premise of the original is similar, but whole affair is shoehorned into the same bland format of toothless modern romantic comedies.
Add a bunch of cheap jokes–there’s at least three kicks to the groin–and you’ve got another below average entry from the Sandler/Dugan factory.