Some girlfriends and I went and saw one of the funniest movies I’ve seen in a long time this past weekend, a little flick called “Just Go With It,” starring Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston. You might’ve heard of it, yes?
Anyhoo, the movie was hysterical. HYSTERICAL. I was laughing so hard I was crying. So hard, in fact, that I was a little nervous about triggering preterm labor. Suffice it to say that the film is F-U-N-N-Y.
As I tried to quell the post-movie giggles, I spent some time thinking about what exactly made the movie so hilarious. Of course, Adam Sandler is always a riot. His timing and delivery are exquisite, and much like his pal and fellow comedian Will Ferrell, sometimes you just have to LOOK at him to laugh in a scene. So naturally part of the humor can be credited directly to him.
That said, I think the scene-stealer of the film is a far lesser known actor who has appeared in bit parts in several comedic movies over the past 10 or so years. The one I remember him from specifically is “Blades of Glory,” starring Will Ferrell and Jon Heder, in which he played the stalker of Heder’s character, Jimmy MacElroy. This actor is a guy from the Midwest by the name of Nick Swardson. His character in “Just Go With it,” Adam Sandler’s character’s best friend Eddie, was perfectly played, even the character-within-a-character scenes, by Swardson. And he’s got it all: that slightly dopey & geeky look, the less-than-stellar physique, and one of those voices that can either be really funny or really annoying. But he was PERFECTLY cast in this film and had some of the funniest scenes of all. Kudos to whoever cast him!’
Jen Aniston had some great lines, some great scenes, but was sadly typecast as she is in most of her films. Still, as part of the ensemble, she hit it out of the park. Other actors with smaller roles in the film like Nicole Kidman and my favorite music artist Dave Matthews gave brilliant turns in their roles, which again added to the great ensemble performance. (Side note: I really REALLY hope to see Dave in more movies!) The only real dud in the film was Brooklyn Decker. Obviously she was cast for her body and sex appeal as the potential love interest of Adam Sandler’s character, but her acting needs some SERIOUS work.
Anyway, if you’re looking for a great laugh and you have 2 hours to spare, just go see “Just Go With It.” You’ll thank me for it.