Just go with it

Just hearing the opening musical score by Rupert Gregson-Williams you already feel you’ve seen this movie before.  That sensation comes from hearing, not seeing any of the film yet.  This really shouldn’t come as a surprise since Rupert has scored many of Adam Sandler’s movies before, including his most recent one, “Grown Ups”.  He’s back again, along with Sandler’s staple director Dennis Dugan for Sandler’s new romantic comedy “Just Go with It”.

Comedies such as this are better when they are short and sweet.  This movie is two hours which is too long and the sporadic laughs in the movie cannot justify the price of a movie ticket these days, especially here in Florida.  The movie centers on Danny (Sandler), a plastic surgeon who wears a wedding ring to help him sleep with women.  When he meets Palmer (Brooklyn Decker) it works against him because she doesn’t like the fact that he is “married”.  He lies to her and tells her he is about to get a divorce; but, she says she wants to meet his ex-wife to be. He asks his assistant, Katherine (Jennifer Aniston) to be his pretend wife and that her two children are his pretend children in order to help make his lie stick.  This, of course, leads to more lies on top of other lies and eventually a trip to Hawaii.

Romantic comedies do not surprise us anymore.  We know what’s coming and who ends up with whom, and we don’t mind knowing what is going to happen.  If we did, we’d stop going and Hollywood would either stop making them or give us a new twist.  All we ask for is a healthy helping of good laughs, characters who we could fall in love with ourselves and a happy ending that let’s us escape our own lives for a little while.  Leave out ANY of these elements and we are not going to be pleased with your product.

“Just Go with It” doesn’t deliver on two of these important pieces.  As said, there are not many laughs; although, the ones we do get are really good.  As talented as the cast may be, which includes Nicole Kidman too, Dugan fails to get us to connect with them.  There are moments when he gives us close-ups on his starts, as they look into each other’s eyes and some tender music plays.  This is the time we are suppose to feel something for these characters.  We don’t.  In one scene in the movie one of the children cries how his daddy has no time for him and, sadly, the filmmakers don’t seem to have much time for them either.  They (the children) should have been the ones to help us connect with these people.  They end up, for the most part, forgotten.

Adam Sandler movies have that hit or miss factor to them.  This holds true for both his fans and critics alike.  “Grown Ups” was one of the better comedies last year, though not everyone agreed with that.  “Just Go with It” Will NOT be considered to be one of the better comedies on 2011, others may disagree.  It is rated PG-13 for frequent crude and sexual content, partial nudity, brief drug references and language.