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