Film Review: Adam Sandler, Jennifer Aniston Hit Career Lows in ‘Just Go With It’

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CHICAGO – If you have a masochistic desire to see unlikable morons on a vacation you probably can’t afford, check out one of the worst movies in a long time, Adam Sandler’s horrendous “Just Go With It.” This is the kind of unmitigated disaster that had a group of critics trying to determine if it was Sandler’s worst film EVER. So, imagine your least favorite Sandler joint (may I suggest “Little Nicky” or “I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry”) and know that this one is arguably even more unbearable. Oscarman rating: 0.5/5.0
Rating: 0.5/5.0

Before getting too deep into the numerous failure of “Just Go With It,” the new bar when one discusses the modern failure of the romantic comedy (congratulations “When in Rome” fans), there’s really only one thing that matters — this movie is not funny. Not at all. There are maybe four or five comedic concepts that are repeatedly regularly and they are “boobies are great,” “accents are funny,” “poop jokes rule,” “a talking soul patch” (no, I’m not kidding), and “different is bad.” Allan Loeb, the new king of bad romantic comedies after “The Dilemma” and “The Switch,” apparently co-wrote the film although it might as well have been written by a computer program merely cycling through the five jokes until the audience is numb. Then maybe they’ll laugh.

StarRead Brian Tallerico’s full review of “Just Go With It” in our reviews section.

This is easily one of the worst comedy scripts that has made it to the big screen in a very long time. Whatever you may think about the film’s stars or how critics “just don’t get” Adam Sandler comedies, you must trust me that there’s nothing funny here. In a half-full theater, more jokes produced not a single laugh than I can ever remember in the hundreds of comedies I’ve seen. It was actually to the point where people were starting to get uncomfortable. When it was clear that a character played by the terminally unfunny Nick Swardson was about to perform CPR on a sheep, I actually had to leave for a minute.

Adam Sandler plays Danny, one of the most obnoxious plastic surgeons in Los Angeles. a character who could have been an anti-hero who learns a lesson about love but instead is just another one of Sandler’s lazy man-children. The one personality trait this time (Sandler characters usually only have one) is that Danny was ridiculed at the altar when he was a young man and so he now makes up fake stories about his fictional wife to get laid. We’re supposed to believe that Danny is really a nice guy and clearly a wealthy one but he can’t meet hot girls in Hollywood unless he makes up stories about an abusive wife.

StarContinue reading for Brian Tallerico’s full “Just Go With It” review.

“Just Go With It” stars Adam Sandler, Jennifer Aniston, Brooklyn Decker, Nick Swardson, Nicole Kidman, and Dave Matthews. It was written by Allan Loeb and Timothy Dowling and directed by Dennis Dugan. It opened on February 11th, 2011 and is rated PG-13.

Just Go With It
Just Go With It
Photo credit: Sony Pictures

Kristina's picture

Was it worse than Killers?

Was it worse than Killers? Cause that’s my new standard of bad. If it was better than that, I can take it.

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