The romantic comedy 'Just Go With It' is a remake of a 1969 film, which itself was adapted from a Broadway play, which was actually based on an earlier French production. So in other words, it's a perfect example of Hollywood taking a chance on fresh, daring, original material. Do you see what I did there? Good. Though there are some truly talented people involved, this formulaic movie commits the one real cardinal sin of so many comedies (far too many of them involving a latter day Adam Sandler), it's just not very funny.
The story follows a middle-aged plastic surgeon named Danny (Adam Sandler) who meets a very young and gorgeous blond bombshell named Palmer (Brooklyn Decker), and even though the actors have absolutely no chemistry, the two take a romantic stroll along a beach and soon sleep together, waking up the next morning as the sun comes up. Yeah, seems pretty reasonable to me. From here a few miscalculated lies eventually send us down a path that requires Danny to pretend he has a soon to be ex-wife in order to keep the girl. Seems a little contrived, but fine, I'll just go with it. Seeing no other options, he drafts his assistant Katherine (Jennifer Aniston) to play the role, and after a few more miscalculated lies, Katherine's children become part of the ruse and the whole gang ends up vacationing in Hawaii together. Despite my better judgment, I still just went with it.
Though his recent track record has certainly been less than stellar, I'm still a fan of Sandler, so I went into this film with an open mind. Unfortunately, from the moment the opening scene started and I got a look at Sandler's character in a horrible prosthetic nose, I knew any hopes of quality were dashed. Along with the nose, other terrible Jewish stereotypes are played for laughs in this scene, and as a Jew, I was horribly offended. Not because of the actual stereotypes mind you, but because it just wasn't funny. If you're going to make self deprecating Jew jokes, they damn well better be funny. The lack of laughs here basically sets up the remainder of the film, which tries to form humor out of terrible, clichéd situations and been there done that gags.
Though the cast attempts to make the most out of what they have to work with, nearly all the jokes just fall flat. Even Sandler, who is usually reliable for at least some amusement, seems to be sleepwalking through the proceedings. Sports Illustrated model turned "actress" Brooklyn Decker does a decent enough job in her debut role, though the part doesn't really call for much beyond eye candy. Aniston actually fares the best here and brings the most depth to her character, though really that isn't saying much.
The only real saving grace of the film are the two talented child actors, Bailee Madison and Griffin Gluck, who play Danny's pretend children. Some of the very few laughs to be found come from their characters as they try to manipulate the strange and elaborate situation they've been put into. Their chemistry with Sandler is also fun to watch and his scenes with them are among the few where he actually seems to be awake. Also of minor note, is comedian Nick Swardson who plays Sandler's cousin and best friend. While not exactly a highlight, he does manage to scrounge up a few laughs out of some pretty mediocre material.
'Just Go With It' is an assembly line romantic comedy that just isn't very funny, and its few genuine attempts at sweetness are sullied by the rest of its mostly soulless material. By constantly regurgitating films like this into theaters, Hollywood (and Sandler) is essentially saying, "Yes, we know it's not that good and offers nothing you haven't seen before, but, just go with it." Well, you know what? No, damn it! I will not just go with it. I am tired of just going with it, and I think most audiences are too. Instead of putting out mediocre nonsense that we have to just go with, why not actually make something new, or at least good? Please?
'Just Go With It' is presented in a 1080p/AVC transfer in the 1.85:1 aspect ratio. Shot partly on location in Hawaii, the video here features some pretty landscapes and looks quite good but not fantastic.
The print is of course pristine, and though shot in part on film, there is no real visible grain. Detail is fairly strong, and while not exactly soft, the image does lack that razor sharp quality found in some other newer releases. Still, certain scenes, especially those set in Hawaii, do feature a nice level of depth. Most impressive are the colors, which pop out of the screen with an amazing vibrancy. Contrast is also fairly strong but black levels are a hair light in a few nighttime scenes.
This is a good but not overly impressive transfer that shows off the beautiful shooting locations well.
Audio is presented in an English and French DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track, as well as a Spanish and an additional English Audio Description track in Dolby Digital 5.1. Subtitle options include English, English SDH, French, and Spanish. This is a decent but not terribly lively track.
Dialogue is the main focus here and is always crisp and clean. Directionality is minimal but present when appropriate. Surround use is also pretty subdued with only some music cues and a few effects being sent to the rears. Dynamic range and bass are pretty flat but well suited for a romantic comedy. Balance is good and again places emphasis on the dialogue, though it would be nice if any of it was actually worth hearing.
This is a basic but appropriate track that fits the movie just fine.
Sony has included a decent amount of supplements including two commentaries and several short featurettes. Unfortunately though, like the movie, they aren't terribly entertaining and don't really offer any substance beyond standard Hollywood promotional fluff. All of the supplements are provided in 1080p and Dolby Digital 2.0 with English and Spanish subtitles unless otherwise noted.
In the end, 'Just Go With It' is just not good and serves as a perfect example of lazy writing and mediocre direction. The video and audio are pretty solid though, and while plentiful, the supplements are all fairly worthless. Basically, this is one to avoid.