Just Go With It Parent Guide
The final cut of this film is one families will likely prefer to just go without.
Parent Movie Review
Have you ever dreamed of coming up with the perfect formula that would allow you to make loads of money while seemingly goofing around? Adam Sandler appears to have found it. If you’ve seen even one Sandler movie, you’ve likely seen his formula in action. At the center of his stories is a good-hearted (though he sometimes doesn’t know it), average guy (played by Sandler) who must overcome some type of hardship to win the girl of his dreams. Luckily in this make-believe world it always works out.
In Just Go With It, Sandler’s average guy character is a plastic surgeon who can afford to buy several pairs of $1,700 shoes (plus matching bags) for his assistant and foot the bill for a six person jaunt to Hawaii where he spends between $8,000 and $12,000 a night for each room in a luxury hotel. His goal in coming to the idyllic tropical location is to finalize a divorce with someone he never married so he can exchange wedding nuptials with a woman half his age.
Danny (Sandler) gets himself into this expensive mess by telling a lie years earlier. After discovering women in bars are attracted to unhappily married men, he began wearing a wedding band in order to get sympathetic sex from strangers. Then one night at a swanky L.A. party (where the host can hardly move his face thanks to Botox), Danny meets Palmer (Brooklyn Decker) and instantly falls in love with the young, blonde, amply endowed schoolteacher (though we’re not sure if it’s her or her chest he’s smitten with). Then, following a night of lusty liaisons on the beach, Palmer discovers Danny’s wedding band in his pocket. Having watched her own parents’ marriage dissolve due to unfaithfulness, she refuses to have anything to do with him until she is sure he has called it quits his wife.
However with no wife to divorce, Danny badgers his office assistant Katherine (Jennifer Aniston) into pretending to be married to him. He also fakes fatherhood with Katherine’s two children Maggie and Michael (Bailee Madison, Griffin Gluck). From there the lies multiply at an exponential rate with Danny not being the only one to fib. His cousin Eddie (Nick Swardson) pretends to be Katherine’s lover so that he can come along for a free trip. And once the group arrives on the island, Katherine runs into a competitive former college roommate (Nicole Kidman) that she can’t bear to be truthful with.
Although the script is a basic paint-by-number, several scenes are rescued by the comfortable chemistry between Sandler and Aniston who have been friends off screen for over 20 years. The long-time relationship allows for lots of ad-libbing in the movie, a factor that contributes to some funny moments but makes for terrible continuity during editing.
However, these brief moments of humor pale in comparison to the onslaught of crude sexual and scatological jokes which make up most of the comedy in this script. Michael’s obsession with defecation and Eddie’s futile attempts at sexual relations, along with plenty of dialogue about surgically enhanced body parts, quickly become tiresome. And with plenty of cleavage-baring clothing and barely-there bikinis this romantic comedy feels much more like a male fantasy flick where being an average guy means anything but having an ordinary life.
While rounding up a bunch of famous faces, jetting off to a tropical location and exchanging off-the-cuff one liners works for Sandler, the final cut of this film is one families will likely prefer to just go without.Directed by Dennis Dugan . Starring Adam Sandler, Jennifer Aniston, Brooklyn Decker. Running time: 116 minutes. Theatrical release February 11, 2011. Updated July 17, 2017
Just Go With It
Rating & Content Info
Why is Just Go With It rated PG-13? Just Go With It is rated PG-13 by the MPAA for frequent crude and sexual content, partial nudity, brief drug references and language.
Violence: Characters engage in horseplay, slapping, punching and pushing. A man falls from a cliff into the water below. A child throws an object at his pregnant mother. A man is hit in the groin on two different occasions. A knee injury results in a small amount of blood.
Sexual Content: Partial back and breast nudity are shown. Women in bikinis and female cleavage are seen throughout the film. Implied sexual activity takes place between unmarried adults. Adults talk about cheating, sex dolls and sexual fantasies. Men hit on women with crude pick up lines. Characters discuss the surgical enlargement of male and female sexual organs. A character engages in sexual motions with women and an animal. Other sexual jokes include numbing cream for nipples, low cut clothing, and sexually charged situations. A homosexual and overweight characters are portrayed in a crude, comic manner. Brief kissing and embracing is depicted. Frequent sexual innuendo is included.
Language: The script contains numerous crude terms for sex, human anatomy and bodily functions. Crass scatological humor, sexual dialogue, frequent profanities and terms of Deity are also found in the film.
Alcohol / Drug Use: Characters drink frequently to deal with emotional stress, sometimes to the point of intoxication. Brief drug references are made.
Page last updated July 17, 2017
More parents' guide for Just Go With It after the break...
Just Go With It Parents' Guide
How likely is it that a man of Danny’s age with his sexual background will be able to change his habits and settle down into a committed relationship? Is he the kind of man a woman could feel comfortable marrying?
The film suffers from several continuity problems. While some may be attributed to the actors’ ad-libbing, what other continuity issues arise? For example, where did the blankets on the beach come from? What challenges does the editing department face in maintaining the movie’s flow?
How does one lie lead to another in this story? Will Danny ever be able to be honest with Palmer?
The most recent home video release of Just Go With It movie is June 7, 2011. Here are some details…
Just Go With It releases to DVD and Blu-ray on June 7, 2011, with the following bonus materials:
- Blooper Reel: ;Laughter is Contagious
-Featurettes: The Perfect Couple: Jen and Adam, Dolph-Not The One From Rocky IV and Shooting Hawaii.
- Commentary with Adam Sandler, Nick Swardson, and producers Allen Covert, Tim Herlihy and Steve Koren
- Commentary with Director Dennis Dugan
Just Go With It on Blu-ray also includes these extras:
-11 Minutes of Additional Deleted Scenes
- More Featurettes: Adon: Living Plastic, Along Came a Prop Guy, Deckers Got Gas, o Kevin Nealon: The Plastic Man, Look Who Else Is In The Movie, Sneaky Kiki & Bart the Water Fart, The Not So Perfect Couple, Deckers First Role and Whats A Dugan?
- movieIQ+sync and BD-Live connect you to realÄtime information on the cast, music, trivia and more while watching the movie!
Related home video titles:
A man’s life changes when he discovers a knack for telling fibs in The Invention of Lying. A con artist with intentions of fleecing a small town by selling them band instruments finds his plan unraveling when he falls in love with the local librarian in The Music Man. Two adults with ulterior motives put on false faces to each win a bet in the relationship-challenged film How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days.