Just Go with It is from the production team Happy Madison which has been together a very long time and has successfully brought moviegoers most of Adam Sandler's films, but this magical team has apparently lost its charm and if Sandler expects to continue making successful movies I would suggest he take a long hard look at this film and have an honest conversation with himself. Just Go with It may just signal the end of Sandler's instant hit status and I would be shocked the film does any business beyond opening weekend. Yes, it's that bad.
The premise of this film, where utilizing a wedding ring to tell woeful stories of a pretend marriage gone horribly wrong, to his advantage to score with women (we are led to believe that this is indeed a foolproof method), Danny Maccabee (Sandler) attends a party, plays the hero and then meets "the one." A successful Hollywood plastic surgeon, Danny's office is the background for the promising beginning to the film and what looked like a serious comedic effort was being made to poke fun at that plastic surgery craze but once it quickly goes horribly wrong it never rights itself, ever! Jennifer Aniston (The Bounty Hunter) plays his medical assistant Katherine and after Danny meets the stunningly beautiful Palmer played by newcomer Brooklyn Decker at a party he recruits Katherine to help him in his ruse to woo Palmer.
Palmer, all of 23, a school teacher and one of high moralistic character, finds the magical wedding ring and needs to be convinced that Danny isn't, in fact, married and insists on meeting his soon to be ex-wife. Enter assistant Katherine and her children as the fake family and the mayhem begins in every imaginable way. There's the scene where Katherine goes and gets the makeover so...Read More
We live in the Age of Pixar where the art of animation has been elevated to its highest form yet. The real genius of that small California start-up was twofold. They combined the latest high-end computer graphics with primal emotional story-telling to create such cinematic gems as Toy Story, Finding Nemo, and WALL-E. This bodes well for moviegoers young and young-at-heart but sends...Read More
The initial skepticism surrounding Steven Spielberg's directorial undertaking quickly dissipated when Schindler's List, an alarmingly powerful and affecting tale of an unlikely German-Czech industrialist who manages to save 1,100 Jews from the Nazi death camps, hit theater screens late in 1993 during the holiday season. In March of the following year, Spielberg won an Academy Award for "Best Director" and Schindler's List went...Read More
Marcel Carné described his greatest work, Les enfants du paradis (The Children of Paradise), as a "tribute to the theatre," and the story breathes with the very life and soul of French theatrical tradition. Three of its characters are based on historical personages famous during the reign of Louis-Phillippe (two actors, the pantomimist, Debureau and the ambitious romantic actor, Frederick Lemaître, and a...Read More
The Graduate is significant for three reasons. First, it is a major work by director Mike Nichols, who is characteristic of what the French call an auteur. (He is in complete control of his films and they contain consistent themes and elements of style.) The Graduate was Nichols's second film after he directed Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, and it won him an...Read More
When Frank Capra returned to Hollywood after coordinating the Why We Fight propaganda series during the war, he resumed the total artistic control over his films for which he had fought during the 1930s. It's a Wonderful Life was made for Liberty Films, the production company organized by Capra, George Stevens, William Wyler and Sam Briskin. The film exemplifies the concept of the...Read More
Apparently, it's not only January releases that find themselves the target of critics … the two top films of the weekend were both new releases on Friday (in February), and critics and audiences alike aren't finding much to like about them. The Roommate opened in 1st with $15.6 million, the teen-aimed thriller drawing in both money and the ire of the reviewers. And...Read More
Frank Norris' novel McTeague was the basis for Erich von Stroheim's film Greed. Though he had purchased the rights to it, he never got the production off the ground until Irving Thalberg, disgusted with von Stroheim's method of extravagant production on Merry-Go-Round, quarrelled with him, and von Stroheim was dismissed as Universal's most prestigious director/producer. It did not take long for von Stroheim...Read More
Between 1950 and 1952, Hollywood produced a cycle of classic films that looked at the business of making movies: Singin' in the Rain, The Bad and the Beautiful, and Sunset Boulevard. Of the three, the latter gives the darkest view of the motion picture industry.
The first two films chronicle success and failure, while Sunset Boulevard deals only with decline. It...Read More
In terms of scope, the Star Wars films [editor’s note: while this essay discusses the Star Wars Saga as a whole, it focuses mainly on the first three films (or episodes IV-VI) and only briefly touches on the later films released in the series] are a modern equivalent to The Iliad or The Odyssey. Not only do they depict a mythic history in...Read More