Just Go with It (Blu-ray) (2011)

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Released 3-Aug-2011

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Romantic Comedy Audio Commentary-Adam Sandler, Nick Swardson and crew.
Audio Commentary-Director Dennis Dugan.
Deleted Scenes-Sixteen short scenes (1080p).
Featurette-Promotion for Hawaiian resort location (1080i).
Featurette-Making Of-Thirteen mini features ranging from 1 to 6 minutes (1080p).
Theatrical Trailer-Three Sony trailers (1080p).
Rating Rated M
Year Of Production 2011
Running Time 116:29
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Dennis Dugan
Studio
Distributor
Happy Madison
Sony Pictures Home Entertain
Starring Adam Sandler
Jennifer Aniston
Nicole Kidman
Nick Swardson
Brooklyn Decker
Bailee Madison
Case Standard Blu-ray
RPI $44.95 Music Rupert Gregson-Williams


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame Auto Pan & Scan Encoded English DTS HD Master Audio 5.1
English Descriptive Audio DTS HD High Resolution Audio 5.1
German DTS HD Master Audio 5.1
Spanish DTS HD Master Audio 5.1
Catalan DTS HD Master Audio 5.1
English Audio Commentary Dolby Digital 2.0
English Audio Commentary Dolby Digital 2.0
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.85:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 1080p
Original Aspect Ratio 1.85:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English
English for the Hearing Impaired
German
Spanish
Danish
Finnish
Hindi
Norwegian
Swedish
Turkish
Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits Yes

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Plot Synopsis

†††† The standard of sitcoms has deteriorated so much over the past decade that some may find it difficult to pick the worst. For me, that title still goes to The Ugly Truth, a film I could not endure in its entirety. Running a close second is Adam Sandler's latest, Just Go With It. Most comedies today, most films for that matter, suffer because of a lack of decent writing. The best writing today is being done for television, not for the big screen. This new "comedy" has taken some originally decent, not great writing and converted it into a jumble of infantile indulgences. Adam Sandler has made a few worthwhile films, but there is something quite alarming about a middle-aged adult male who still finds big noses and poop, in and of themselves, funny.

†††† In 1965 an original French farce was turned into a Broadway comedy by Abe Burrows (How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying) called Cactus Flower which starred Lauren Bacall. In 1969 Columbia commissioned I.A.L. Diamond (Some Like It Hot) to turn the play into a screen vehicle for Ingrid Bergman and Walter Matthau. Also starred, in her screen debut, was Goldie Hawn who won a best supporting actress Oscar for her portrayal of the young woman seduced by the middle-aged womaniser played by Matthau. Now Adam Sandler's production company, Happy Gilmore, has turned this material into a comedy for himself and Jennifer Aniston which retains the barebones situation between the professional - now a plastic surgeon instead of a dentist - and his nurse/assistant. The plastic surgeon persuades his assistant to pretend to be his wife so that he can pursue younger femmes without the danger of being ensnared in marriage by any of his younger conquests. In the original film, Bergman was a dowdy "cactus", who flowered after being groomed by her boss to pass for his wife. Aniston is Aniston - she takes off her glasses and goes into slow-motion, hair blown, struts when she becomes glammed with minimal transformation.

†††† This is a deplorable film with humour that is infantile. Cactus Flower was never a complete success, as is frequently the case when Gallic humour is transplanted to the U.S., but at least the original had style and sophistication. This reworking concentrates on humour which relies on big noses, big breasts, big p****es and poop. These preoccupations are overshadowed, however, by one particularly obnoxious scene in which Nick Swardson is on the verge of physical intimacy with what appears to be a dead sheep. The director is Dennis Dugan, whose two previous films were GrownUps and You Don't Mess with the Zohan, so I should have known better than to review this one. The whole thing is a tasteless, self-indulgent waste of two hours. Nicole Kidman turns up as an old nemesis of Anistonís. Kidmanís name is "Devlin", with that name used by Anistonís character as a euphemism for her children's excreta. That's the level of the humour. Kidman looks awful, but it suits the character. Sandler has lost some weight, and Aniston looks attractive throughout, although her penultimate scene, which has prolonged close-ups, presents a face which seems alarmingly pudgy compared with her appearance in the rest of the film. Was the actress not "ready for her close-up" until a little preparatory Botox ?

†††† I would say the whole idea was an excuse for a junket to Hawaii. The locations are gorgeous, and I'm sure that the cast and crew had a fine time. I did not.

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Transfer Quality

Video

†††† The image quality on this Blu-ray disc is generally excellent. The 1080p transfer is presented at the ratio of 1.85:1.

†††† The image is bright and sparkling, popping off the screen. It falls just short of the brilliant sharpness which the medium can deliver, possibly to soften the milieu for Miss Aniston. Colours are full and rich, with beautifully natural skin tones. The tropical locations in Hawaii are travel brochure pretty. Blacks are deep and faultless with excellent shadow detail.

†††† This is a generally dazzling image transfer.

†††† There are subtitles in nine languages. The titles for the Hearing Impaired were sampled and found to be excellent.

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Audio

†††† There are six audio streams: English 5.1 DTS HD, English Audio Descriptive, German 5.1 DTS HD, Spanish 5.1 DTS HD and Catalan 5.1.

†††† Dialogue is perfectly clear and there are no sync problems. This is a fairly bland soundtrack, with a minimum of excitement from the surrounds or the subwoofer. There is some surround activity when the situation obviously lends itself, as in the beach scenes in Hawaii. Where the surrounds are strongly employed is in the frequent bursts of music, which utilises quite a lot of popular catalogue material from artists such as Sting.

†††† An English Audio Descriptive track is provided for the vision impaired. The commentary is provided by a youngish sounding English - cockney? - male, and the sampling indicated that it is quite effective.

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Extras

†††† If you are after quantity rather than quality, you may be very pleased indeed with the added material on this release. However, what it boils down to is a bagful of extras which contain nothing much more than a bunch of overpaid self-indulgent fortunates congratulating themselves and one another on how funny they are and what a good time they had making this dire movie. Ho hum. All are presented in HD 1080p except the final promotion for the resort used for the Hawaiian filming, which is 1080i.

Main Menu

†††† The menu screen incorporates a bamboo framed insert screen which has a continuous montage of scenes from the film. Hawaiian music supplies the soundtrack throughout the main menu and all sub-menus.

Commentary with Adam Sandler, Nick Swardson and the Filmmakers

†††† Throughout this feature length commentary it is not clearly established exactly who some of these "filmmakers" are, but it doesn't really matter. There is nothing illuminating to be found, just a bunch of "funny" guys sharing their brilliance with us mere mortals. All pretty boring.

Commentary with Director Dennis Dugan

†††† Another feature length commentary, but with quite a few silences in which the film is left to speak for itself. Once was enough, thank you. There are a few mildly illuminating patches, such as that devoted to the child actress, Bailee Madison, and the crafting of her accent. There is also some passable discussion of the use of CGI.

Laughter is Contagious (4:39)

†††† A collection of bloopers, so it's more of the same people laughing at their lack of professionalism.

Deleted Scenes (16:57)

†††† Here we get an assortment of sixteen deleted scenes, and you can even get more of the deplorable Swardson if you feel inclined. It seems that the movie could even have been worse.

Adoni : Living Plastic (2:30)

†††† Kevin Nealon does a hidden camera bit, in full makeup, in the streets of Los Angeles, to very little effect.

Decker's Got Gas (2:19)

†††† Brooklyn Decker - doesn't that sound like the occupation of a construction worker? - uses a "farting" app on her phone to "trick" Adam Sandler. Spare me!

Dolph - Not the One from Rocky IV (6:11) :

†††† Here we focus on Nick Swardson, and are given an insight to the creation of his on screen "character". A true artist.

Kevin Nealon : The Plastic Man (5:31)

†††† We are permitted to see the transformation of the actor into his cosmetic surgery addicted character, and the creation of his "sound". Sleep, anyone?

What's a Dugan? (5:27)

†††† Dennis Dugan, who seems quite a pleasant guy, gets his chance to let us know how pleased he is with himself. Maybe one day I will forgive him for this film - but never for The Zohan.

Look Who Else Is In The Movie (2:40)

†††† Actually, you'd think the makers would try to conceal the fact that Heidi Montagg is somewhere in this rubbish.

Sneaky Kiki and Bart the Water Fart (1:31)

†††† Don't ask! The children, Bailee Madison and Griffin Gluck, tell us how much fun they had making the movie. Just typing their names is more fun than watching them act.

The Perfect Couple : Jen and Adam (5:51)

†††† Everyone connected to the film tells us how wonderful "Jen and Adam" are - including "Jen and Adam". In all humility, Adam ponders as to whether or not Jen was "ready for the Sandman".

The Not So Perfect Couple (3:52)

†††† This is, of course, Nicole Kidman and Dave Matthews. They also had fun making this trash.

Decker's First Role (4:20)

†††† Surely there won't be a second! Unlike Goldie Hawn, I don't think Brooklyn will win an award for this role. Mini bikinis and lots of bouncy bits.Shooting Hawaii (5:35)

†††† At least the scenery is great as we follow the scouting for the Hawaiian locations.

Grand Wailea Promotion (7:08)

†††† This is a promotion for the resort used for the filming. Those Hollywood people sure have it great.

Sony Theatrical Trailers (5:45)

†††† There are theatrical trailers for three Sony features, all HD 1080p.These are : Grown Ups (2:05), How Do You Know? (2:50) and Smurf'd (0:50).

Movie I.Q.

†††† This feature is available via an internet connection.

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

††† The Region 1 HD release is a two disc Blu-ray + DVD Combo. Apart from that basic difference, the U.S. release has subtitles and audio in English, Spanish and French only.

Summary

†††† It will be a long time before I ever again want to see any of the participants in this dreadful film. It is long, tasteless and just plain NOT funny. I thought a comedy was supposed to make the audience laugh, not the participants. It was a waste of time and money. I'd include "talent" in that waste list, but I don't think there was any involved in this film - except Nicole, who obviously was just there for the holiday.

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© Garry Armstrong (BioGarry)
Monday, August 08, 2011
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