RUTHERFORD ON FILM: "Just Go with It": It’s Sinful, Expensive and Funny to Cover White Lies

by Tony Rutherford , HNN Entertainment Editor

HUNTINGTON, WV (HNN) -   Maneuvering a worn formula, a sedate Adam Sandler portrays a plastic surgeon living the American male’s dream. Due to overhearing his bride to be talking second choice minutes before his would be wedding, Dr. Danny has kept his heart locked in “Just Go with It.”

The no commitment pick up artist has the ploys (lies) down so smoothly that he knows wearing a wedding ring means more interest. Then, along comes a ‘hottie’ who he met without the ring; she discovered it the next morning. The fix ‘em perfect plastic surgeon now slips and slides on how to convince the much younger Catholic school teacher that he really is NOT married.

Not surprisingly, he enlists the aid of his clinic assistant (Jennifer Aniston) to “play” his shallow, snooty soon-to-be divorced wife. Opps, another “lie,” and he’s now hiring her two children to complete the scheme. Even his assistant falls to temptation.

Sporting clumsy spontaneous complications, which tilt toward  favorable not egregious clichés, the invented family that’s happy and smiling together costs the surgeon a fortune for a marketable script to win the his 23-year-old blonde GF Palmer ( Brooklyn Decker).

Dennis (“Grown Ups,” “I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry,” “ Happy Gilmore”) Dugan has directed Sandler in numerous flicks. For some reason, Sandler’s rich doc has a too wooden ‘yes man’ attitude when reacting to significant people in his life. The ladies have it (even British accent youngster Bailee Madison); Sandler’s more laid back than his “Zohan” persona which obviously comes without the secret agent turned hair stylist novelty.

Watch for the school corridor “fornication” shame by a young student, a mob inspired two kid negotiation session, Jennifer’s shopping spree,  a swimwear scene reminiscent of “10” (Bo Derek),  sheep CPR (no Sandler)  and Aniston and Nichole Kidman in a hula hoop contest. And, in all these key scenes, Sandler himself is just gravy for the female in the scenes entrée.

Comparing “Just Go with It” as a remake of “Cactus Flower,” well, don’t. The ads say so. It’s about a commitment phobic health professional (Walter Matthau in the 1969 film) with Ingrid Bergman and Goldie Hawn playing the Aniston/Palmer roles.  No remake here, and, if so, the acting talents in the original out one-line and out-shtick all of the 21st Century stand-ins.