Call me a sucker, but I just love heart-warming family films, especially romantic comedies with kids (must be my maternal instincts coming to the fore). This probably stemmed from my love of old ‘80s and ‘90s John Hughes films. Remember Pretty in Pink, Sixteen Candles, Home Alone and The Breakfast Club? Well, there’s a new category—the Adam Sandler films.
It takes a certain type of movie-lover to like Adam Sandler films. You’d have to like clichés, cheesy romance, the occasional brawny joke and family-centric plots. Just Go With It is no different. It tells the story of Danny (Adam Sandler), a successful plastic surgeon who pretends to be in an unhappy marriage to hook up with women in order to have fun without any attachment. When he meets a beautiful, N*Sync-generation, sixth grade teacher who could just be the love of his life, he enlists the help of his assistant Katherine (Jennifer Aniston) and her two children to help him with his pretend play. Guess what happens in the end?
Like I said, it’s clichéd.
But like other Adam Sandler movies such as Happy Gilmore, Big Daddy, Grown Ups and Bedtime Stories, the film’s hilarious moments make up for the eye-rolling predictability; take the hair-raising, rib-tickling rivalry between Katherine and her ex-sorority sister, for instance.
Just Go With It is pretty much another Adam Sandler rom-com, but there’s nothing wrong with that. We could all do with a bit of laughter and some warm-hearted family fun, and walk out of the cinema with a warm feeling in your belly and an urge to hug your loved ones.