The word that best describes Adam Sandler's latest project, "Just Go With It."
It's not his funniest picture ever, but it does score with the romantics in the audience as well as those seeking a few good chuckles over the course of a couple hours. It's not necessarily going to help you discover the meaning of life, but it will make you smile.
Once again Sandler finds a role that allows him to be the man women desire. Must be nice to run Happy Madison Productions. This time he surrounds himself with Jennifer Aniston, Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover model Brooklyn Decker, Nicole Kidman, Minka Kelly and Saturday Night Live alum - the always alluring - Rachel Dratch. Sorry, just wanted to make sure your paying attention.
Sandler stars as Danny, a top-notch Southern California plastic surgeon who as a young man, on the day of his wedding, has his heart broken by a women who is only interested in him because of his professional aspirations.
He quickly discovers his wedding ring, when placed on his finger, is a tool for landing women. It's a tool he uses repeatedly over the next few years as he boasts about his conquests to his loyal office manager and assistant, Katherine (Aniston). The single mother of two is wise to his game and tries to serve as his conscience to no avail.
At a friends party one evening, an over bo-toxed and hilarious stereotype, Adon (Kevin Nealon, another of the SNL gang) introduces Danny to his friend, a young, hot school teacher named Palmer (Brooklyn Decker). Following a night together at the beach, the perpetual bachelor Danny thinks he's found the one, but Palmer finds the "wedding" ring in his pants pocket and is outraged. Rather than tell her he uses it to lure women, he makes up a story about his separation from his wife and soon-to-be divorce. Palmer insists on meeting his fictional wife, so Danny enlists the help of Katherine and eventually her two children to perpetuate the growing lie.
The hilarity ensues from there. Danny is blackmailed into taking everyone to Hawaii, including his friend posing as Katherine's new man, Dolph the German sheep shipper (played by laugh-out-loud funny Nick Swardson).
The lie expands and as the trip unfolds, Katherine is forced to ask Danny to play her husband to one-up an old school rival, Devlin (Kidman) who is married to a rich inventor, Ian Maxtone Jones (Dave Matthews - yes of Dave Matthews Band fame).
Matthews may have the best scene in the film as he and Kidman compete in a contest with Sandler and Aniston at a luau hosted by sports personality Dan Patrick (another Sandler friend).
A lot of the usual Sandlerites make cameo appearances in the film, creating "there's one" moments throughout; but the movie is centered around Danny discovering what he's really looking for in a woman has been in front of him the whole time.
The ending is predictable, but you still feel good when it happens.
On the popcorn bucket scale, I give "Just Go With It," 3 of 5. Load me up with the butter and a little spice. Decker isn't the best actress in the world, but paired with Jennifer Aniston - that's one heck of of an onscreen duo. Oh ya, Adam Sandler provides some laughs along the way, too. Did I mention Decker and Aniston are in this? MPAA: PG-13 for frequent crude and sexual content, partial nudity, brief drug references and language.