It's a hard question to answer and one that I've wondered for many years but how can an Adam Sandler movie possibly get any worse than they already are? ¬†Well, my answer has finally come - you add Jennifer Aniston. ¬†Now that's not to negate both of their entire careers. ¬†I think Aniston was great in Rock Star and even Sandler has done impressive acting in Reign Over Me and Punch Drunk Love. ¬†But their overall repertoire is terrible to the core. ¬†I think the last time Sandler made me laugh was when he did Billy Madison and I was 13-years-old and Aniston, well, she's never made me laugh. ¬†So, I gotta be honest that I expected nothing out of this movie before it even began, but I wasn't prepared for how awful it really was. ¬†Sandler is a successful plastic surgeon who pretends to be married to pick up hot women, assuming you are still buying him playing roles where a guy who looks like Sandler would ever get hot women. ¬†When he finally meets one (played by TV's Brooklyn Decker who adds nothing but hottness to the movie), a simple lie turns into a lot of them and he begs his assistant, who's played by Aniston, to play along with her kids and pretend to be his ex-wife. ¬†Trust me when I say that I don't need to give you a "Spoiler Alert" notice because every single aspect about the film is foreseeable by even the dimmest of audience members by at least a few miles away. ¬†Looking past the predictable, cliche plot, the rest of the film is like a check list for what you'd expect in a bad comedy. ¬†Is there a montage of a shopping spree over pop music? ¬†Check. ¬†Are there over-exaggerated prosthetic body parts and fake animals? ¬†Yup. ¬†How about a scene where Adam Sandler gets hit in the balls and sticks either his tongue out or crosses his eyes? ¬†How about he does both. ¬†I could go on like this for a very long time. ¬†However, there are two things that came out of this movie that can be put in a "Well at least that was good" column. ¬†The first is that Sandler traded his talentless muse of Rob Schneider (Waterboy, Deuce Bigalow) for the much funnier Nick Swardson (Blades of Steel, Grandma's Boy). ¬†He's not really that funny in this, but his presence alone gives certain scenes the potential to be so. ¬†The other is little 10-year-old Bailee Madison (Bridge to Terabithia, Brothers) who is probably the best thing about the movie. ¬†She's very funny and a talented little girl; I just feel bad for her that she had to be in this. ¬†I gotta be honest, I'm not the target audience for this film. ¬†The people around me were laughing throughout, while I sat like stone and stared at the screen like a puppy watching you shower. ¬†However, those same people couldn't have laughed harder during a trailer before the movie that showed Kevin James as a zoo keeper screaming at talking animals. ¬†Am I a comedy elitist? ¬†I hope not. ¬†But when it comes to movies like Just Go With It, where I can tell you exactly how it ends before the opening credits finish rolling, I guess I am. ¬†Because to me nothing is sadder than a movie that isn't funny but is so self assured that it is. ¬†Good thing for Adam Sandler there aren't many people like me in America because I'd say that sums him up as well.
Just Go With It ¬†(Rated PG-13)
Gavin Grade: F