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Just Go With It

Some laughs, but often-crass Sandler romcom disappoints.
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2011
  • Running Time: 116 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

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

Characters slap each other and yell. Pratfalls.

Sex

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.

Language

Fairly infrequent use of words such as "s--t," “ass,” hell," and "crap.” Also, plenty of sexual euphemisms.

Consumerism

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.

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.

What's the story?

Fortysomething plastic surgeon Danny Maccabee (Adam Sandler) was engaged once, but he discovered right before the wedding that his wife-to-be barely liked him and hated his family. Since then, he hasn’t gotten involved with anyone, preferring to pretend that he’s married to an awful woman to gain sympathy and get women to fall for his charms. And then he meets 23-year-old Parker (Brooklyn Decker), a stunning elementary school teacher who just might be the woman to make him finally commit. But after finding Danny's faux wedding ring, Parker demands an explanation, and the only one he can come up with is his old standby: He’s about to be divorced from his heinous wife, as played by his longtime nurse, Katherine (Jennifer Aniston). Can Katherine go along with his plan until Parker is Danny’s for good, or will she complicate matters?

Is it any good?

QUALITY

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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the movie's message. What does it say about lying? About relationships?

  • How does this film compare to other romantic comedies? Does it do anything differently?

  • What is the appeal of romantic comedies? Although they tend to follow the same predictable formula, they remain popular. Why do you think that is?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:February 11, 2011
DVD/Streaming release date:June 7, 2011
Cast:Adam Sandler, Brooklyn Decker, Jennifer Aniston, Nicole Kidman
Director:Dennis Dugan
Studio:Columbia Pictures
Genre:Comedy
Run time:116 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:frequent crude and sexual content, partial nudity, brief drug references and language

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Parent of a 11 year old Written bySTLDAD March 13, 2011

ABSOLUTELY AN ADULT FILM

absolutely not appropriate for any kids or teens. this is long, stupid, and crass. shows adults at thier worse, and glorifies lying.Numerous discussions of sex and sexual innuendos.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Teen, 17 years old Written byResponsible00 March 12, 2011

Perfect for tweens

This is a nice family movie to watch with kids 13 and up. It's a little iffy at some parts, but overall, a very humorous movie.
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Great role models
Teen, 15 years old Written bybobbeta30 February 22, 2011

Funny!

It was so funny! It takes a lot to make me laugh out loud, and this did.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing