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Just Go With It (2011)

  Plot: Danny Maccabee (Adam Sandler) is a successful plastic surgeon in Los Angeles who feigns unhappy marriages to get women, after having been heartbroken on his wedding day 20 years ago. The only woman aware of his schemes is his office manager and best friend Katherine Murphy (Jennifer Aniston), a divorced mother of two. [...]


 

Plot:

Danny Maccabee (Adam Sandler) is a successful plastic surgeon in Los Angeles who feigns unhappy marriages to get women, after having been heartbroken on his wedding day 20 years ago. The only woman aware of his schemes is his office manager and best friend Katherine Murphy (Jennifer Aniston), a divorced mother of two. At a party, Danny meets Palmer (Brooklyn Decker), a sixth grade math teacher, without his wedding ring on, and they have a connection together. The next morning, she ends up finding the ring, and she assumes he was hiding the fact he was married. She refuses to date him because her parents divorced due to adultery and doesn't want to be an adulteress herself.

Danny goes to Palmer's school to try to woo Palmer back. Instead of telling her the truth, he tells her that he is getting divorced from a woman named Devlin, named after Devlin Adams, whom Katherine had mentioned was an old college sorority nemesis. Danny informs her that they are getting divorced because she cheated on him with a man named "Dolph Lundgren" (not the actor). Palmer then insists on meeting Devlin, and Danny agrees. Danny asks Katherine to pose for him, and they go shopping on Rodeo Drive to buy her clothes, so she can look like a trophy wife.

At a hotel having drinks, Danny and Palmer are greeted by a made-over Katherine (posing as "Devlin"), who gives them her blessing. However, after hearing Katherine talking on the phone with her kids, Palmer assumes that her kids are Danny's as well, which Danny goes along with. Danny then privately meets with Katherine's kids, Maggie (Bailee Madison) and Michael (Griffin Gluck), to get them to play along. Initially, Katherine is furious, but she reluctantly agrees.

Palmer meets the kids, with Maggie using a fake British accent. Michael blackmails Danny in front of Palmer to take them all to Hawaii. At the airport, they are all surprised by Danny's goofball cousin Eddie (Nick Swardson), who has adopted an Austrian disguise and claims to be "Devlin's" lover, so he can jump in on their trip to Hawaii. To maintain the lies, Danny is forced to bring him, though their stories are under-prepared and he ends up being "Dolph Lundgren" (the man Danny made up earlier) an Austrian sheep salesman.

At the resort in Hawaii, Danny tells Eddie he's considering asking Palmer to marry him. Katherine and Danny run into the real-life Devlin Adams (Nicole Kidman) and her husband Ian Maxtone-Jones (Dave Matthews), who allegedly invented the iPod. Because of Katherine and Devlin's long-time rivalry, Katherine introduces Danny as her husband rather than admit she's a single mother.

Danny and Palmer spend time with Maggie and Michael, during which Michael breaks down. He says that his (real) father won't make time for him, causing Palmer to get upset because she assumes he's sad about his relationship with Danny. Palmer resolves to spend time with Katherine, so Danny can spend time with the kids. Danny teaches Michael how to swim, and Katherine and Palmer look on in admiration at Danny winning the kids over.

Katherine again runs into Devlin, who invites her and Danny out to dinner. Eddie agrees to take Palmer out in the meantime. At dinner, Devlin asks Danny and Katherine to tell each other what they admire most about each other, since she believes that they're married. Unable to make up that many lies on such short notice, they end up saying honest things to each other, and Danny and Katherine start to feel a connection. But when Palmer and Eddie return from their dinner date, Palmer suggests that she and Danny get married now, since a drunken Eddie had told her about Danny's plans of engagement. Danny and Katherine are both surprised by her proposition, but Danny ultimately agrees. Danny later calls Katherine regarding his confusion, but Katherine says that she will be taking a job in New York City (that she mentioned to him earlier) to get a fresh start to her life.

The next day, Palmer confronts Katherine regarding getting married to Danny, as she has noticed Danny's feelings for her, which Katherine dismisses. Katherine then runs into Devlin at a bar and admits that she made up being married to Danny to avoid embarrassment. Devlin confesses that she's divorcing Ian because he's gay and also that he didn't really invent the iPod and made his money after suing the Los Angeles Dodgers after getting hit by a foul ball. Katherine confides in Devlin saying she's in love with Danny even though they won't be together. Danny, however, shows up behind her, telling her that he didn't go through with marrying Palmer and that he's in love with Katherine, and the two share a kiss.

Danny and Katherine continue their vacation without Palmer, who heads back to the mainland alone, meeting a professional tennis player (Andy Roddick — Brooklyn Decker's real-life husband) on the plane ride back who shares her interests. Sometime later, Danny and Katherine get married.

Cast:

Adam Sandler as Dr. Daniel "Danny" Maccabee
Jennifer Aniston as Katherine Murphy/"Devlin Maccabee"
Nicole Kidman as Devlin Adams
Nick Swardson as Eddie Simms/"Dolph Lundgren"
Brooklyn Decker as Palmer Dodge
Dave Matthews as Ian Maxtone-Jones
Bailee Madison as Maggie Murphy/"Kiki Dee Maccabee"
Griffin Gluck as Michael Murphy/"Bart Maccabee"
Rachel Dratch as Kirsten Brant
Kevin Nealon as Adon
Heidi Montag as Kimberly
Dan Patrick as Tanner Patrick
Mario Joyner as Henderson
Keegan-Michael Key as Ernesto
Michael Laskin as Mr. Maccabee
Carol Ann Susi as Mrs. Maccabee
Rakefet Abergel as Rachel Maccabee
Keith Middlebrook as Rick North
Elena Kolpachikova as Katja
Minka Kelly as Joanna Damon
Allen Covert as Soul Patch

Reviews:

It all comes down to chemistry. And the two main stars of Just Go with It, Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler, thankfully, have chemistry to spare. Both actors have plenty of sheer likability and honest ease, as well as sparks in just the right places, which helps propel Just Go with It to its satisfying (if a bit predictable) conclusion. (Hollywood execs: Consider an update of Moonlighting starring these two.) If the premise, loosely based on the Goldie Hawn film Cactus Flower, stretches reality, the capability of the whole cast makes Just Go with It an enjoyable ride. Sandler plays Danny, a surgeon who falls for a much-younger bombshell, Palmer (swimsuit model Brooklyn Decker, a surprisingly natural actress). But when Palmer finds the fake wedding band that commitment-phobe Danny has used for his no-strings-attached previous relationships, the web of fibs begins. Danny asks his assistant, Katherine (Aniston), to pretend to be his soon-to-be-ex-wife, and Aniston plays it to the hilt. But soon Danny's wobbly house of cards includes Katherine's children--and, in the ultimate romantic-comedy trope, a group trip to Hawaii to work things out. The cast really is stellar, including very small supporting roles by Nicole Kidman and singer Dave Matthews, as an insufferable couple disliked intensely by Katherine. (Of course they end up in Hawaii with the gang, too.) Minka Kelly, Kevin Nealon, and Rachel Dratch also make memorable cameos. But it's Sandler and Aniston, along with the snappy direction by Dennis Dugan (Happy Gilmore, Big Daddy), who make Just Go with It one of the more romantic--and funny--romantic comedies in recent memory. Our advice: Sit back, and just go with it. --A.T. Hurley (Amazon)

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Dr. Danny (Adam Sandler) was jilted long ago, on his wedding day, when he overheard his fiancée telling her bridesmaids about her recent infidelities and non-love for Danny. Seems she only wanted security. Ever since, Danny, a plastic surgeon, has told any female interest who comes his way that he is married but getting a divorce, etc. This allows him to romance a number of women without getting involved. The one lady who has remained constant in his life is his personal assistant, Katherine (Jennifer Anniston). She supports him at work and with every trouble. However, she is a divorcée with two children to support so she is in search of a "good man" herself. One day, Danny meets the young woman of his dreams, Palmer (Brooklyn Decker), a caring teacher 15 years his junior. But, after a night on the beach, she finds his wedding ring in his pocket and assumes he is a lying you-know-what. To make her realize he IS married and that he and his wife are having problems, he asks Katherine to "pretend" to be his married partner and have a lunch between the three of them, so Palmer can verify that it is "over". But, naturally, a more complicated web springs forth, for Kate has to take a call from one of her kids at the end of the meal and now Palmer knows there are children involved. Soon, Danny has to arrange a meeting with Kate's whole family, but, the doctor has to bribe the kids into making it look real. Before long, everyone is off to Hawaii for a vacation, where Kate runs into an old back-stabbing sorority gal, Devlin (Nicole Kidman). So, now Kate "pretends" that Danny is HER husband, so Devlin, married to a phone inventor, can see that a plastic surgeon is good fishing, too. When will the secrets tumble out and, could it be, that Danny may be developing an interest in Kate, much to his surprise? This very loose adaptation of Cactus Flower is a charmer. There are many funny lines and the cast is great, with the main principals and supporting actors doing fine work. No, Sandler is not a cookie cutter romantic lead but he is man of many talents, no doubt. Also, the scenery is wonderful, as are the costumes, with Aniston looking so good, you want to check her driver's license. Ditto for Kidman. The photography, script and direction are more than winning as well. If you are looking for a new romantic comedy, don't shy away from this one, you will be entertained. On the other hand, if you are a Sandler aficianado, you will find it right up your alley, too. (IMDB)

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There is no getting around the fact that Jennifer Aniston is likeable. In the past, she has attempted to be versatile with mixed results (effective in The Good Girl, less so as a temptress in Derailed), but she remains most successful within a limited proximity of her Rachel Green character from the long-running Friends TV series. She's playing another variation of her in this rambunctious 2011 comedy ever so loosely based on the amiable 1969 farce, Cactus Flower starring Walter Matthau, Ingrid Bergman, and Goldie Hawn in her Oscar-winning debut. Believe it or not, Aniston is playing the Bergman role of Katherine, a single mom working as an assistant to Danny, a successful LA plastic surgeon played by Adam Sandler. The fact that Sandler is playing the Matthau role appears to be the primary joke here since he turns the excessively inventive single doctor into one of his standard wiseacre man-boy characters.

Directed by Sandler's regular handler Dennis Dugan, the movie opens with a flashback scene in which a pre-nose-job Danny discovers he is about to marry a shrew but soon realizes his gold band is a magnet for hot chicks. He then decides to avoid what he thinks is the inevitable disappointment of commitment by telling every girl he hooks up with that he's married. That ploy changes when he meets a blonde stunner named Palmer. He falls for her, but things start to fall apart when she discovers Danny's gold band in his pocket and assumes he's married. Convinced that Palmer is the one, Danny persuades Katherine to pretend to be his soon-to-be-ex-wife and uses her two manipulative kids as part of the charade. Things go according to formula, including a contrived trip to Hawaii where Katherine runs into a college sorority rival named Devlin, who has been the subject of Katherine's passive-aggressive hostilities all these years. In a bit of stunt casting, Nicole Kidman plays the ultra-competitive Devlin in a comically imperious fashion, while singer/musician Dave Matthews is arbitrarily thrown in the mix as her equally shallow, butt-clenching husband.

Even though this comedy is neither as consistently funny nor tightly structured as "Cactus Flower", I have to admit there is a bit of a Cary Grant/Irene Dunne-type of banter between Aniston and Sandler, at least during the first half when Katherine is introduced to Palmer as Danny's confident, materialistic wife (she names herself "Devlin"). These are the scenes that hew closest to the original movie and consequently work the best. Where it flounders is when the two actors need to show they are falling in love. Sandler is a relative blank slate during these more serious moments, and the lack of credibility in their characters' romantic relationship undermines the film. In the Goldie Hawn role, Brooklyn Decker fulfills the physical requirements as Palmer but is unlikely to be up for any Oscars this time next year. Nick Swardson wins my award for the year's most irritating best buddy in a Sandler comedy, especially when he pretends to be Katherine's lover, an Austrian sheep buyer. Sandler's former SNL colleagues Rachel Dratch and an almost unrecognizable Kevin Nealon show up in cameos as two comically unfortunate victims of plastic surgery. (Amazon)

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Adam Sandler plays Danny, a man who pretends to be unhappily married in order to seduce women. This ruse works until he meets the beautiful Palmer (Brooklyn Decker), a woman he believes is "the one" but who thinks he is cheating when she discovers a wedding band in his bag.
Telling her he is about to be divorced, he invents a scheme involving his colleague Katherine (Jennifer Aniston) posing as his ex-wife. Danny must make Palmer believe the elaborate charade, but his lies become harder to cover up. The film is a rarity in as much as it offers exactly what the trailer promises.

The story becomes a sideshow to gags as this very modern farce plays out with few surprises but frequently effective jokes. However dubious the whole plot may be, the charm of both leads evokes a feeling that you want them to succeed.
Both Sandler and Aniston never really deviate from their familiar personas - the former charming but morally lacking; the latter scatty but adorable (basically, Rachel Green).
Nicole Kidman also features as Katherine's college nemesis, and this rare comedic performance adds what every good "rom-com" needs - strong supporting characters. The film is far from original, and too long considering the inevitable outcome, but the A-listers (and the director Dennis Dugan, working with Sandler for the sixth time) are adept at delivering a familiar Hollywood comedy that doesn't tax the viewer intellectually. As a whole, Just Go With It has enough easy charm to pull you through. (More... The National)

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Name: Just Go with It Release date: February 11, 2011 Director(s): Dennis Dugan Cast: Adam Sandler, Jennifer Aniston, Nicole Kidman and Brooklyn Decker Genre(s): Comedy
Video Rating: 4 / 5

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