Netflix users seem to have loved Adam Sandler’s poorly rated films in recent months, and another just hit the Top 10 in the US. Just go is at number 8 as of this writing, bringing back some bizarre memories from 2011. If you haven’t revisited this rom-com in a while, prepare for a shock.
Just go stars Sandler and Jennifer Aniston as colleagues and friends with a unique relationship. The film begins by explaining that Sandler’s character, Danny, was cheated on by his fiancé when he was young, and now uses fake stories about being cheated on to attract other women without the need for help. ‘commitment. Aniston’s character, Katherine, sometimes helps her with these endeavors while working as an office manager in her plastic surgery office. Things get complicated when Danny asks Katherine to impersonate his fake wife to get out of one of his schemes.
Forced to climb further, Danny involves Katherine’s children in the scheme, Maggie (Bailee Madisen) and Michael (Griffin Gluck). They blackmail him into taking them all on vacation to Hawaii, and Danny’s cousin Eddie (Nick Swardson) is also preparing for that trip. In Hawaii, they meet Katherine’s rival Devlin (Nicole Kidman) and her husband Ian (Dave Matthews), and more lies gradually build up.
The movie gets more absurd from there and features even more notable stars like Rachel Dratch, Kevin Nealon, Minka Kelly, and Keegan-Michael Key. It was also relatively successful at the box office, but none of that was enough to save it from critics’ scorn. Just go has 19% positive reviews on rotten tomatoes, where the critical consensus reads: “Just go may be slightly better than some entries in the recently disastrous rom-com genre, but that’s far from a recommendation.”
Just go is technically a remake, but more specifically an adaptation. It is based on a play called cactus flower by Abe Burrows, which was adapted into a film of the same name in 1969. The film starred Walter Matthau and Ingrid Bergman, but the plot was very different from that depicted here.
cactus flower was never on the table as a title for Just go. The film was originally to be called Hawaii Vacations, then pretend to marry. These working titles were dropped prior to release.
Although it was not a critical success and did not make much of a mark on the pop culture zeitgeist, Just go is having a bit of a resurgence right now. If you want to check it out for yourself, you can stream the movie on Netflix.