28. Just Go with It
Release Year: 2011
Directed By: Dennis Dugan
Starring: Adam Sandler, Jennifer Aniston, Bailee Madison, Griffin Gluck, Nick Swardson, Brooklyn Decker, Nicole Kidman, Dave Matthews, Rachel Dratch, Kevin Nealon, Heidi Montag, Minka Kelly, Rakefet Abergel, Dan Patrick, Mario Joyner, Keegan-Michael Key, Allen Covert
Release Date: Friday, May 22
Adam Sandler movies often get a bad rap, especially from a critical standpoint. While we can’t vouch for them all collectively, some of them aren’t nearly as bad as we’re led to believe. For example, Just Go with It isn’t a total disaster, thanks in part to Jennifer Aniston, who’s always a bright spot in whatever she’s in. The movie wasn’t threatening to win any Oscars, but it’s one wild onion of a movie with new discoveries in each layer. What other movie surprises you with Nicole Kidman and Dave Matthews in bizarre supporting roles? This one does, and it’s among the month’s best new releases on Netflix.
Adam Sandler stars in Just Go with It as Dr. Daniel “Danny” Maccabee, a jilted plastic surgeon who uses false stories of an unhappy marriage in order to win dates with beautiful women. When his scheme usually works, but he meets sixth grade teacher Palmer (Brooklyn Decker) without the song and dance. She later discovers his fake wedding ring and assumes he’s married. After Palmer refuses to become involved with Danny, he calls on his office manager and closest friend Katherine (Jennifer Aniston) to pose as his ex-wife-to-be and her two kids to play the part of his kids on an ill-fated “family” vacation to Hawaii.
Just Go with It comes from director Dennis Dugan, who also helmed such movies as Happy Gilmore, Beverly Hills Ninja, Big Daddy, Saving Silverman, I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry and Grown Ups, as well as other Adam Sandler films. Of course, the movie was critically panned, earning just a 19% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. But Just Go with It brought in a worldwide gross of $215 million against a $48 million budget. Like the title says, just go with it and you’ll find laughs a plenty in this crazy mess of a comedy. Don’t miss its Netflix debut on May 22.