A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The movie's message is, ostensibly, that a lying serial dater can be transformed by the love of a down-to-earth woman. But the movie also implies that women are gullible enough to fall for married men and that they'll forgive anything as long as someone says "I love you."
Positive Role Models
On the one hand, Danny and Katherine come across as flawed-but-wonderful human beings who are capable of embracing change and love; on the other hand, Katherine allows Danny to treat her like a doormat. Also, the whole premise is based on a big lie, and characters make fun of people who are overweight or physically imperfect.
Violence & Scariness
Characters slap each other and yell. Pratfalls.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Guys leer at scantily clad women; lingering shots of women in bikinis; a man boasts about his oversized genitalia; some kissing; plenty of sexual banter.
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Fairly infrequent use of words such as "s--t," "ass," hell," and "crap." Also, plenty of sexual euphemisms.
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Products & Purchases
Plenty of label-dropping, including Gucci, Old Navy, Botox, Tiffany, Grey Goose, Pepsi, iPod, iPhone, and PlayStation. A man bribes kids with money, trips, and stuff.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters down shots and drink plenty of wine and cocktails while on vacation. Some jokes about addiction to prescription drugs.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this romantic comedy has many of the ingredients we've come to expect from Adam Sandler movies: crass, juvenile humor, including plenty of scatological humor and jokes at the expense of the overweight or physically imperfect. Swearing is pretty infrequent but does include "s--t," and there are plenty of sexist jokes and pratfalls. There's also a fair amount sexual innuendo, at times around children, as well as drinking and references to a character's over-reliance on prescription drugs. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
JUST GO WITH IT is the perfect movie ... if you need to be persuaded to visit Hawaii. The movie (which is a loose remake of 1969's Cactus Flower, starring Goldie Hawn) showcases the state beautifully, with its verdant hills, gorgeous beaches, and endless blue skies. Unfortunately it doesn't quite do the same for its stars. Sandler, who displayed such depth and force in Funny People, goes back to his usual shtick, and though it's predictably entertaining -- he is talented -- it's also disappointing. He can play characters like Danny in his sleep.
And Aniston really ought to know better. She gives glimpses of subtler, more understated comedy, but for the most part, when she's onscreen, you find yourself wondering a) how she's able to infuse mundane dialogue with believable emotion and b) why she won't pick better roles? Some of the movie's outrageous moments, including one involving the Heimlich maneuver and a sheep, are actually laugh-out-loud funny. But an equal number of moments are lackluster. And although Nicole Kidman is entertaining in a supporting role, it's a cheap shot having her ask questions about plastic surgery. We go with it, but only just.
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