Just Go With It: Adam Sandler's Latest Hits and Misses in Equal Parts

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Just Go With It
Directed by Dennis Dugan
Sony Pictures
Opens February 11
 Just Go With It, Adam Sandler’s latest turn as a redeemable cad, casts the Grown Ups star as Danny Maccabee, a Beverly Hills plastic surgeon ready to settle down after meeting ’N Sync–loving 23-year-old hottie, Palmer (Brooklyn Decker). That is, until she stumbles upon the fake wedding ring he totes around to help him get laid, and the two end up heading off to Hawaii with Danny’s assistant, Katherine (Jennifer Aniston), pretending to be his soon-to-be-ex-wife and her two kids passed off as his. There’s little doubt that this rom-com will end with Danny and Katherine together—especially after director Dennis Dugan shows us (and Danny) how Aniston’s bikini-clad body stacks up against Decker’s—but there’s no shortage of complications along the way. As in many a Sandler picture, Just Go With It is a tale of both escalating lies that finally give way to truth and of childish behavior eventually corrected strung along by lowbrow jokes that hit and miss in roughly even number. Among the hits, a staged golf course photo session niftily spoofs the phoniness of family vacation pics. But in the latter group must be counted not only the inevitable array of fecal jokes but mean-spirited digs at Latina nannies, fat women, and pregnant black mothers.
 
 

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