The Movie: 8/10
I am not a huge Adam Sandler fan, but I can appreciate some of his movies and will admit that he can be extremely funny. In Just Go With It, a remake of a French movie from the 1960’s, he surrounds himself with some good actors which really seems to make this movie seem better than it really is. It has some very funny moments, which help with the very straightforward storyline.
Danny (Adam Sandler) is a succesful plastic surgeon who has been dumped at the alter, and has since become a pretty uncaring womanizer, until he meets Palmer (Brooklyn Decker). Palmer is a gorgeous single lady who finds Danny’s old wedding ring in his jeans, which he normally uses to pick up women. She freaks out and then Danny is left trying to explain away the ring so as not to lose this beautiful girl, who he feels might be “the one.” Danny ends up enlisting his office assistant Katherine (Jennifer Aniston) and her two kids, by calling them his family, who he is divorced from, thus explaining the ring.
When a trip to Maui with Palmer and the entire fake family occurs, the facade ends up being just too much for Danny as he struggle to keep Palmer interested, as he discovers that perhaps his real focus should be elsewhere.
Just Go With It features a big cast of famous names in some pretty strange roles, with the likes of Nicole Kidman, Dave Matthews, Kevin Nealon, and Nick Swardson being some of the highlights. The ensemble keeps the movie from draggin on , and offers some nice laughs and a change of pace, which is well needed here, as this would have been a tough movie to sit through if it was just Sandler and Aniston, who both are really pretty good. Overall this is a decently funny Adam Sandler release, which is a nice no brainer type of movie.
Features: 8/10 – There are a lot of decent extras here, some that are actually pretty darn funny.
- Laughter Is Contagious – This is a short blooper reel, basically with Jennifer Aniston cracking up. It also features a lot of the cast blowing lines, and just shows how hard it would be to act with Adam Sandler or Nick Swardson and keep a straight face.
- Blooper Reel – There is a short blooper reel that is actually kind of neat.
- Filmmaker & Cast Commentaries – Two full length commentaries are included on the disk. The first is basically Adam Sandler and Nick Swardson, with a variety of Sandler’s friends who also appear in the movie. The second is a commentary from Director Dennis Dugan. Both are just average, and a bit much for ths type of movie. Total Sandler fans might get a kick out of his commentary, but overall it really is just an average commentary.
- Deleted Scenes – There are several deleted scenes included on the disk, most of which are not that great.
- 9 Featurettes Including Decker’s First Role – There are a number of short features here including a 5 minute extra featuring the very funny Nick Swardson, as well as practical fart jokes with Brooklyn decker, and other practical jokes. There are a few extras focusing on some of the actors like Nicole Kidman and Dave Matthews. The featurettes are short but fun. There is also a short featuring Kevin Nealon in full bad plastic surgery” makeup walking around Los Angeles with a hidden camera.
- Kevin Nealon: The Plastic Man – This extra shows the extent of Kevin Nealon’s grotestque looking makeup as he pulls off a disturbing look for the movie.
Cover Art and Menus: 6/10
The cover for Just Go With It is pretty basic stuff and features Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston with a bikini clad Brooklyn Decker on a beach in Hawaii. What is not to like, I guess. It just seems a bit bland. The menu is even more bland with shots of the movie playing over a sand looking background, with Hawaiian music.
Audio & Video: 8/10
It thought the movie looked and sounded great. The colors and detail were spot on in this 1080p AVC encoded 1.85:1 widescreen presentation. The audio was good also, with solid dialogue and a decent use of the surround sound, considering that this is a romantic comedy. It is not overly bright, but decent for this type of movie.
Adam Sandler fans are rabid about his releases (even that nicky one) and this will be no exception. The romantic comedy is like many of Sandler’s movies in this genre, with a decent bit of omedy mixed in with the romance, which is never over the top. These are a bit more guy friendly, in terms of the romance. As a case in point, this movie has Brooklyn Decker in a bikini, which seems to me to be a real selling point as they have her on the cover of the movie. The story and movie are pretty decent, and the humor is sprinkled throughout. It is not the best Adam Sandler movie, but the humor is pretty fun. It is worth a watch at least, as it is a nice mix of talented actors with a fun, cute little story. It is a nice little watch in the same vein as the rest of the Sandler presentations, so everyone knows what they are getting into.
Overall Score 8/10