Lying is good for Sandler and Aniston

Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston star in a movie with a unique set-up. Danny, played by Sandler, is getting married when he finds out his fiancee is cheating on him. Going to a bar, Sandler realizes the power of his wedding ring and uses it to his advantage. Fast forward and Danny is a successful womanizer and plastic surgeon in Beverly Hills.
Over the years Danny has manipulated his way into the hearts of women by telling lies about his fake wife and how badly she treats him. The lies seem to be working for Danny until he meets the woman of his dreams, Palmer (Brooklyn Decker, Sports Illustrated model). After a good time on the beach, Danny’s previous encounters with the ladies threaten his new found affection for Palmer. Palmer finds the wedding ring and instead of telling the truth the lies escalate.
Once Danny tells schoolteacher Palmer that his wife and he are no longer together, more trouble ensues. Palmer wants to meet the wife and Danny enlists Katherine (Jennifer Aniston) to be his wife. As Danny’s assistant, Katherine assumes the alias of Devlin, a pill-popping mess named after her evil nemesis from college. Things seem to be going somewhat normal until Palmer learns about Danny and Devlin’s children, Maggie and Griffin, who are actually the real life children of Katherine. Bribing the kids with acting classes and swimming with dolphins in Hawaii only furthers the lies that Danny has acquired.
The oddball family and Palmer head off to Hawaii to spend a week getting to know each other. In comes Eddie (Nick Swardson), who is Danny’s cousin pretending to be Devlin’s lover. Mishaps and laughter ensue throughout the rest of the film which continues to take place in Hawaii up to the end of the film.
While the chemistry between Sandler and Aniston is undeniably enjoyable, the film provides some of its lesser-screened actors with great storylines. The kids, Maggie and Griffin, provide plenty of comic relief throughout the film. As Maggie, Bailee Madison does a great job interacting with the adult characters as if she herself is one as well. Trying to become an actress, Maggie uses her acting skills to her advantage when pretending to be Danny’s child. The dead-on comedic timing of Madison’s use of accents showcases her versatile acting range for such a young actress. The character of Griffin as well is a dynamic character switching from a moodiness to sheer delight towards the end of the film. Sarcastic dialogue between Sandler and the children is fun to watch.
Providing an outlandish, sometimes over-the-top role, Swardson’s alter-ego is a zany sidekick who makes Aniston’s character miserable but provides plenty of laughs for the audience. “Just Go With It” allows newcomer Decker, the chance to show off her talents while giving a pro-actress, Nicole Kidman, opportunities to explore her comedic side as an old rival to Aniston’s character.
Coming full circle, “Just Go With It” proves how a film about lying can turn out to be a good thing.


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