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Adam Sandler Serves Up Replay In “Just Go With It”

By Jonathan Smalls, Film Critic

This movie is based on a Broadway show, and film, which were adapted to English audiences from an originally French play forty years ago. Unfortunately one of the hazards of using such old, source material is that the story has had decades to work its way into the public consciousness.

Spoiler alert: guy meets girl. Guy uses dorky, female friend to get closer to girl. Guy realizes that he really loves his dorky friend, who is secretly a hotty, and they live happily ever after. That is the creative equivalent of writing a murder mystery where we find out that we were right all along, the butler did it, and the detective wins again. Since the turn of the century Sandler has produced all of his own movies, so the ultimate responsibility for all of this rests with him.

In fact the only things to set this movie apart from all others with the same plot arc are Adam Sandler, and his brand of comedy. He works some funny moments into the script, but even a broken clock is right twice every day. After over two decades of his signature humor, it has gotten to be pretty old.

Opposite him Jennifer Aniston serves as his comic foil. As an actress she has made a career of letting people bounce amusing things off of her, but she rarely generates her own moments. In the context of Just Go With It, that means that the audience gets more Adam Sandler humor from her character, which is really too bad. She does well with it, but she should develop her comedic chops, if she wants to do more comedies.

After a boring plot, and boring performances from the lead actors, what else is there to spend ticket price for? We love to hate Dave Matthews in his Sandler derived caricature, but he is not prominent enough to keep audiences from checking out early.

Just Go With It is cute. It tries to be entertaining, but it ends up just being a brain drain on audiences, taking up two hours with its unimaginative elements, and leaving movie goers ten dollars poorer.

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WeekEnd Movie Review: The Switch

Film Review: The Switch

By Alana Wenick, Staff Writer

Miramax’s The Switch is a romantic comedy that revolves around the relationship between Manhattan 30-something Kassie (Jennifer Aniston) and Wall Street banker Wally (Jason Bateman). Although Kassie is single, she decides that she is ready to have a baby and finds a sperm donor willing to help. The story becomes complicated, however, when Bateman drunkenly switches his sperm with that of the donor. Not privy to the switch, Kassie becomes pregnant with Wally’s son and she ends up moving to Minnesota with the boy. Seven years later Kassie and her son Sebastian (Thomas Robinson) come back into Wally’s life, and the slightly neurotic businessman develops a relationship with the boy.

The film, based off of a short story by Jeffrey Eugenides, is your basic romantic formula with all of the key players: A man and woman with undoubted chemistry though they don’t yet realize it. A rival love interest balanced out by some force that brings the original couple back together. These are all of the usual ingredients and unfortunately there are really no huge surprises thrown into the mix.

The film begins weakly as Aniston and Bateman have limited on-screen chemistry. The relationship between the two really fails to capture and engage audience emotions. Aniston gives another pretty typical performance; she plays yet another peppy Manhattanite with a practical “happy-go-lucky” outlook. Her performance rings a bit stale, like she’s just adding one more generic romantic comedy to her repertoire.

Despite the rough start, the performance really picks up in the second half with the introduction of Sebastian. Sebastian is a 5-year-old hypochondriac with a “wise-beyond-his-years” attitude.  Played by Thomas Robinson, the little boy is adorable and has a bright future ahead of him. He’s a cute actor and balances out Aniston’s disappointing performance.

The interactions between Robinson and Bateman are also fantastic, and the two have a “father-son” relationship that plays out well on the big screen. The scenes between Sebastian and Wally are endearing, from an interesting dinner at an expensive restaurant to encounters with head lice. The lack of humor in the first half is definitely improved by these new relationships. Bateman and Robinson share a believable connection, and the kid is just so darn cute he’s hard not to love.

A surprise supporting role from actor Jeff Goldblum brings about a few laughs, which helps the film gain momentum towards the end. Goldblum plays Leonard, Wally’s quirky co-worker who provides guidance to the neurotic investment banker.  Leonard is well-meaning, though a bit slow—he’s a character that pops up randomly with quips that leave the audience in stitches.

Overall, it’s your fairly standard romantic comedy with some stand-out performances by Bateman, Robinson, and Goldblum. With the other fairly recent romantic comedies popping up (When in Rome, Date Night, Valentine’s Day), this film does rates about average. However, if you’re looking for a cute movie focusing on the relationship between parent and child this may be just the right flick.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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