Adam Sandler plays Danny, a single, basically good-hearted Beverly Hills plastic surgeon who’s lied his way through a bevy of beauties by pretending to be in a bad marriage. The lie catches up with him though when he falls in love/lust with Palmer, a hot young elementary school teacher played by Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Brooklyn Decker.
When Palmer insists on meeting Danny’s soon-to-be-ex-wife, he ropes his trusted assistant Katherine (Jennifer Aniston) into playing the part. Danny bankrolls Katherine’s transformation into what’s supposed to be a bitchy bombshell – but the lies keep backfiring – and the situation snowballs out of control (comically, of course).
Young actors Bailee Madison and Griffin Gluck are the real scene-stealers in this movie, especially Madison. She’s definitely one to watch in the future.
In a somewhat surprising but ultimately satisfying casting twist, Nicole Kidman shows up as Katherine’s long-time nemesis, Devlin.
Just Go With It is silly, predictable, gross, funny, and formulaic – and it should do just fine at the box office. Keep your expectations low (as I did) and you just might be pleasantly surprised – even if you’re not a die-hard Sandler or Aniston fan.
By the way, Just Go With It is actually a remake of a 1969 movie called Cactus Flower, starring Walter Matthau, Ingrid Bergman and Goldie Hawn. I may have to check it out – for comparison’s sake, of course. Stay tuned.