I fully realized I was going to see an Adam Sandler movie when I walked into the theater.Â I hadn’t been tricked or forced there at gun-point.Â I went there freely within an open mind.Â When I left, I wanted to shout at the screen, “Mr. Sandler, what you have just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.”Â Astute movie viewers will recognize that as a line from a decent Sandler movie, “Billy Madison.”
“Just Go With It” is not a decent Sandler movie.Â In fact, it’s pretty bad.Â Yes, I realize that it was #1 at the box office this weekend.Â Apparently I wasn’t alone in buying into the belief that this movie could actually be good.Â And for about a half-hour, the movie wasn’t too bad.Â Then the wheels fell off.Â And the bumpers, doors and drive shaft.Â 30 minutes was how long it took for Sandler to break character and start being Adam Sandler again.Â During other points of the film, it had the distinct feeling that they were writing the script as they were filming.Â To say that the plot had holes in it would be the equivalent of saying the Titantic had holes in it.
Usually, a Sandler movie can be so dumb that it actually ends up being funny.Â They weren’t even able to accomplish that with “Just Go With It.”
River Cinema 15
Popcorn and 1/2 lemonade and 1/2 raspberry iced tea.
Just Go With It:Â 2 out of 5 stars.