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Just Go with It

Just Go with It
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Dennis Dugan
Produced by Adam Sandler
Jack Giarraputo
Heather Parry
Screenplay by Allan Loeb
Timothy Dowling
Based on Cactus Flower 
by I. A. L. Diamond
Cactus Flower 
by Abe Burrows
Pierre Barillet
Jean Pierre-Gredy
Starring Adam Sandler
Jennifer Aniston
Brooklyn Decker
Nicole Kidman
Music by Rupert Gregson-Williams
Cinematography Theo van de Sande
Edited by Tom Costain
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release dates
  • February 8, 2011 (2011-02-08) (New York premiere)
  • February 11, 2011 (2011-02-11)
Running time 117 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $80 million[1]
Box office $214,945,591[2]

Just Go with It is a 2011 American romantic comedy film directed by Dennis Dugan, and produced by Adam Sandler, who also starred in the film. The film co-stars Jennifer Aniston, Nicole Kidman, Nick Swardson and Brooklyn Decker. The film was released on February 11, 2011 by Columbia Pictures. The film is based on the 1969 film Cactus Flower, which was adapted from an earlier Broadway stage play written by Abe Burrows, which in turn was based upon the French play Fleur de cactus.


Danny Maccabee (Adam Sandler) leaves his wedding right before the ceremony is about to begin after learning that his fiancee is cheating on him, and was only marrying because he was going to be a doctor and provide her with a comfortable lifestyle. He goes to drink alone at a bar, where a young, beautiful woman (Minka Kelly) walks in. She sees that Danny has a wedding ring on his hand, and asks him about his wife. Instead of telling the truth, he makes up a story about how she recently left him for someone else, and the woman from the bar ends up sleeping with him.

Twenty years later, Danny is now a successful plastic surgeon in Los Angeles who feigns unhappy marriages to get women, and to avoid romantic commitment that may lead to heartbreak. The only woman aware of his schemes is his office manager and best friend Katherine Murphy (Jennifer Aniston), a divorced mother of two. At a party, Danny meets Palmer (Brooklyn Decker), a sixth grade math teacher, without his wedding ring on, and they have a connection together. The next morning, she finds the ring and assumes he is married. She refuses to date him because her parents divorced due to adultery and does not want to be an adulteress herself.

Instead of telling her the truth, Danny tells her that he is getting divorced from a woman named Devlin, named after Devlin Adams who Katherine had mentioned was an old college sorority nemesis. Danny tells Palmer that they are getting divorced because she cheated on him with a man named "Dolph Lundgren" (not the actor). Palmer then insists on meeting Devlin. Danny asks Katherine to pose as "Devlin" and they go shopping on Rodeo Drive for new clothes to dress like a trophy wife.

A made-over Katherine/Devlin then meets with Danny and Palmer and gives them her blessing. However, after hearing Katherine talking on the phone with her kids, Palmer assumes that her kids are Danny's as well. Danny then privately meets with Katherine's kids, Maggie (Bailee Madison) and Michael (Griffin Gluck), to get them to play along with the ruse.

Palmer meets the kids, who then blackmail Danny in front of Palmer to take them all to Hawaii. At the airport, they are all surprised by Danny's goofball cousin Eddie (Nick Swardson), who has adopted an Austrian disguise as the "Dolph Lundgren" that Danny had made up earlier. To maintain the lies, Danny and Katherine are forced to bring him along.

At the resort in Hawaii, Danny tells Eddie he is considering asking Palmer to marry him. Katherine and Danny also run into the real-life Devlin Adams (Nicole Kidman) and her husband Ian Maxtone-Jones (Dave Matthews), who allegedly invented the iPod. Because of Katherine and Devlin's long-time rivalry, Katherine introduces Danny as her husband rather than admit she is a single mother.

Later, Palmer decides to spend time with Katherine so that Danny can spend more time with the kids. Danny teaches Michael how to swim, and Katherine and Palmer look on in admiration.

Katherine again runs into Devlin, who invites her and Danny out to dinner. Eddie agrees to take Palmer out to dinner so that Danny can go with Katherine. Since he is supposed to be a sheep salesman, Eddie's cover is nearly blown when he is forced to save the life of an actual sheep who choked on a toy whistle, though he nearly kills the animal in the process. At dinner, Devlin asks Danny and Katherine to tell each other what they admire most about each other, and, as Danny and Katherine talk, they start to feel a connection. Later, when Palmer and Eddie return from their dinner date, Palmer suggests that she and Danny get married now, since a drunken Eddie told her about Danny's plans of engagement. Danny and Katherine are both surprised by her proposition, but Danny ultimately agrees. Danny later calls Katherine regarding his confusion, but Katherine says that she will be taking a job in New York City (which she had mentioned to him earlier) to get a fresh start to her life.

The next day, Palmer confronts Katherine about Danny's feelings for her, which Katherine dismisses. Katherine then runs into Devlin at a bar and admits that she pretended being married to Danny to avoid embarrassment. Devlin confesses that she is divorcing Ian because he is gay and also that he did not invent the iPod but made his money after suing the Los Angeles Dodgers after getting hit by a foul ball. Katherine confides in Devlin about being in love with Danny, but then Danny shows up behind her saying that he is not marrying Palmer and that he is in love with Katherine. Meanwhile, on the plane ride back to the mainland, Palmer meets a professional tennis player (Andy Roddick) who shares her interests. Sometime later, Danny and Katherine get married.


Production notes

The film was shot in Los Angeles and the Hawaiian islands of Maui and Kauai between March 2, 2010 and May 25, 2010. The film is deliberately vague about which Hawaiian island its latter portion depicts; thus, the characters hike across a rope bridge on Maui and arrive in the next scene at a spectacular waterfall on Kauai, rather than the ordinary irrigation dam and pond on Maui where the actual trail terminates.

The characters stay at an Hawaiian hotel called the Waldorf Astoria. In actuality, the film was shot at the Grand Wailea in Maui, which is owned by Waldorf Astoria Hotels and Resorts.[3]

One of the film's in-jokes is the scene wherein Decker's character meets her obvious soulmate - professional tennis player Andy Roddick - as Decker and Roddick are actually married.


The film was released in theaters in the United States and Canada on February 11, 2011. The film topped the weekend box office with $30.5 million.[4] The film grossed a total of $103,028,109 in the United States alone, as well $111,917,482 internationally, bringing a total gross of $214,945,591.[5] Many of the foreign totals came from Russia, where it grossed $13,174,937.[6]


Just Go with It received negative reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds a rating of 19%, based on 134 reviews, with an average rating of 3.7/10. The site's consensus reads: "Just Go With It may be slightly better than some entries in the recently dire rom-com genre, but that's far from a recommendation."[7] On Metacritic, the film has a score of 33 out of 100, based on 31 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews".[8]

The Telegraph named Just Go with It in its "ten worst films of 2011" list, saying it is "a crass and overpopulated remake of Cactus Flower, served up as a mangy romcom of serial deceptions."[9] Christopher Orr of The Atlantic noted that "the title itself seems a plea for audiences' forbearance" and is part of a disappointing trend involving "the reimagining of good, if perhaps not quite classic, films associated with the latter 1960s and early 1970s."[10] Entertainment Weekly's Lisa Schwarzbaum wrote that Just Go With It "is saved from utter disaster, though, by Jennifer Aniston" who has "expert comic timing" and "plays like a grown-up."[11]


The film was nominated for five Golden Raspberry Awards including Worst Supporting Actress (Nicole Kidman), Worst Supporting Actor (Nick Swardson) and Worst Screen Couple (Adam Sandler and either Jennifer Aniston or Brooklyn Decker), winning two for Worst Actor (Adam Sandler; also for Jack and Jill) and Worst Director (Dennis Dugan; along with Jack and Jill).

Although Just Go With It received negative reviews, Brooklyn Decker won a Teen Choice Award for Choice Breakout Female.

Home media

Sony Pictures released the DVD and Blu-ray on June 7, 2011. It has so far grossed $14,535,543 in US DVD sales.[12]


  1. ^ Horn, John (February 10, 2011). "Word of Mouth: 'Just Go With It' plays the demographics".  
  2. ^ "Just Go With It (2011)".  
  3. ^ """Grand Wailea in Maui: The Setting for "Just Go With It. Retrieved 2011-06-19. 
  4. ^ Weekend Grosses"Just Go with It".  
  5. ^ "Just Go with It".  
  6. ^ Foreign Totals"Just Go with It".  
  7. ^ "Just Go with It - Rotten Tomatoes". Retrieved 3 April 2012. 
  8. ^ "Just Go with It Reviews, Ratings, Credits". Metacritic. Retrieved 2011-02-16.
  9. ^ "Ten worst films of 2011".  
  10. ^ Orr, Christopher (11 February 2011). Just Go With It': A Sad Union of the Saccharine and Scatological"'". The Atlantic. Retrieved 15 April 2012. 
  11. ^ Schwarzbaum, Lisa (11 February 2011). "Movie Review: Just Go With It". Entertainment Weekly. 
  12. ^ "Just Go With It - DVD Sales". The Numbers. Retrieved 2012-03-01. 

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