“Just Go With It” starts as a flashback to when Danny (Adam Sandler) was about to get married. He overhears his bride talking about a guy she has on the side and that she’s marry Danny because he’s going to be a doctor. He runs off heart-broken to a bar, where he slips on his wedding ring. A hot girl (Minka Kelly) sees his ring, he ends up making up a sob story about how awful his wife is, she feels bad for him, and bam!, he gets the girl.
Fast forward to the present. Danny is now a successful plastic surgeon who still uses the wedding ring and fake wife stories to get girls. His wedding ring makes sure that he will never get his heart broken again, but also means that he never has to make a commitment.
But then he meets Palmer, played by the very hot Brooklyn Decker. They strike up a conversation and have a real connection, without Danny’s safety-net ring. In the morning Palmer finds the ring in his pocket and thinks he’s married. Fearing that she will think he’s scum if he tells her the truth, he asks for advice from his assistant Katherine, played by the lovely Jennifer Aniston.
Katherine convinces Danny to tell Palmer that he is married, but is getting a divorce. Since Palmer’s been burned before, she wants to meet his wife to hear from her that they are really getting divorced. So Danny is forced to convince Katherine to play the part of his wife, who he calls Devlin. (Devlin is actually the name of Katherine’s old rival from college.)
After spending a lot of Danny’s money on new clothes and shoes, “Devlin” meets Palmer and Danny for dinner. Everything goes according to plan until Katherine takes a call from her daughter. Palmer realizes that she has kids, so now that means Danny has kids, who Palmer of course wants to meet. This is where we all need to “just go with it.” They have to make stuff up as they go, which is predictably going to cause chaos.
Maggie (Bailee Madison) and Michael (Griffin Gluck) agree to be his kids, but there are conditions. The main one being that Danny has to take Michael to Hawaii to swim with the dolphins. So, all of them pack their bags and head to Hawaii, including Palmer and Danny’s cousin Eddie (Nick Swardson) who pretends to be “Devlin’s” boyfriend. What could possibly go wrong?
How about running into the real Devlin and her husband, Ian? Huge surprise to me that Nicole Kidman and Dave Matthews were in this movie. Nicole played the part of a competitive, snobby rival perfectly. Katherine can’t bear to tell her seemingly happily married rival that she is a single mom, so she says that she’s married to Danny. Yet another fake life to lead! The only reason this part of the story is worthwhile is to see how Katherine and Danny bonding and realizing how much they care about each other. There are some very sweet moments where the chemistry is great between the two. But there are also moments that were not at all believable and very unnecessary. Especially bad is Eddie, while pretending to be Delvin’s boyfriend. You’ll wonder why he was even written into the movie. He is supposed to be funny, but instead was very irritating.
One great part of the story is when Danny becomes a father figure to two kids who are desperate for attention from their real dad. Although the info about why their dad isn’t around is lacking and could have been developed more, Danny is great with the kids. The sweetest moment in the movie is when he teaches Michael how to swim.
So, who does Danny end up with? Palmer or Katherine? The romance fan will not be disappointed.
The Bottom Line:
“Just Go With It” is a fun romantic comedy. Good for a chuckle, but won’t make you fall on the floor laughing. If you’re looking for a nice distraction with heart-warming moments, this will work. But beware that it is fairly predictable with weak moments where you will need to “just go with it.”
Things You’ll Love:
- Bailee Madison. She is funny, adorable and versatile. She’s already been seen in such movies as “Bridge to Terabithia” and “Brothers” plus had a recurring role on the popular Disney series “Wizards of Waverly Place.” Don’t be surprised if she is in many more movies after this.
- During a sweet moment, the background music is a mix of 2 songs: “Every Breath You Take” by the Police and “Chasing Cars” by Snow Patrol. It’s an amazing compilation, which surprisingly isn’t available anywhere.
- Jennifer Aniston looks just as good in a bikini (if not better) than Brooklyn Decker.
- Dave Matthews is hilarious and definitely wins the funniest moment award (which I won’t give away). Who knew he was so funny?