TWSM Movie Review ‘Just Go With It’

Just Go With It

Do you ever dream of going to Hawaii for a dream vacation? Do you ever dream of that vacation being full of romance and fun and laughs? If so, you will love the movie “Just Go With It” starring Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston. It’s a romcom that takes place in the beautiful setting of Maui and will make you laugh, feel good, and want a good romance in your life if you don’t already have one.

Adam Sandler plays Dr. Daniel Maccabee (Danny for short), a single renowned plastic surgeon in Beverly Hills, who is trying to capture the heart of the young 6th grade teacher, Palmer (Brooklyn Decker) who is half his age. She, however, wants nothing to do with him after finding his fake wedding ring which he frequently used to pick up women. Danny finally gets her to give him a chance when he convinces her to meet his soon to be “ex”. The only problem is that he doesn’t actually have an ex, so he convinces his nurse and close friend, Kathleen (Jennifer Aniston), to pretend to be her. She reluctantly agrees to his “lie” because she is his loyal friend, but a shopping spree on Rodeo Drive in order to look the part of a doctor’s wife never hurt anybody either!

Danny and Kathleen meet the young, attractive Palmer at a swanky restaurant in Beverly Hills. and the constant back and forth between the two about everything from her supposed pill addiction to his small “package” is laugh out loud funny. It’s during this time that Kathleen accidentally lets the cat out of the bag about her kids., Palmer, thinking they are Danny’s kids as well, wants to meet them so they schedule a lunch date, this time including the kids, at a kid-type place with an indoor play area in addition to the food. While eating lunch Kathleen’s son tells Palmer that all he wants to do is to swim with the dolphins, but his dad won’t take him. It’s true. His REAL dad won’t take him, but the soft-hearted Palmer, who believes that Danny is his dad, feels so badly that she shames the excessively wealthy doctor to take his “son” to swim with the dolphins.

Kathleen is definitely not going to let Danny take her kids away on a vacation, so he begs her to join them. Fast forward a few days to LAX and the whole crew is there, ready to go to Hawaii!! At the last-minute Eddie (Nick Swardson), Danny’s cousin and one of his best friends, shows up as Kathleen’s fake boyfriend with a thick German accent and even thicker glasses, which he literally can’t see through.

The group arrives in Hawaii at a beautiful resort which has only two rooms left – The Presidential Suite and the Waldorf-Astoria Suite – both at a premium price. Since there are only two rooms available, Eddie is forced to sleep in Kathleen’s room, where she assigns the bathtub as his sleeping quarters.

Kathleen is already not happy to be living a lie for Danny to win a woman – she is keeping note cards for the two of them in order to keep the lies straight! However, she soon finds herself in the middle of another quandary when she runs into her nemesis from college, Devlin (Nicole Kidman) — someone who she names her kids poop after. She introduces Danny as her successful plastic surgeon husband. It is evident that Devlin, who seemingly has it all – beauty, money, and a husband who invented the iPod (really?) – is threatened by the beautiful life of the girl she always made fun of in college.

The story of this wild and crazy group is only just beginning at this point. The comedic antics continue throughout the movie. It won’t take long for you to be so immersed in the movie that you will be able to forget your problems for awhile and just sit back and laugh When you’re not laughing, just enjoy the beautiful setting where this movie was filmed – The Grand Wailea in Maui. If you’ve been quarantined for awhile just close your eyes and imagine that you are there. Believe me, it won’t be hard to do! Just go with it…

~Sherri

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