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Movie review: 'Just Go With It'

1/2* (out of four)

Infinitely sweet, extraordinarily busty 23-year-old Palmer (Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Brooklyn Decker) is so gullible that she believes every single lie she hears from selfish, 40ish plastic surgeon Danny (Adam Sandler), including that he’s married. Because Danny somehow thinks his stunning assistant Katherine (Jennifer Aniston) is an ugly old hag, he enlists Katherine and her kids to pose as his fake family so he can re-woo Palmer, who already slept with the ungrateful jerk the first, magic-less night they met.

The buzz:
Once again Sandler (“Grown Ups”) has turned his own vacation time and wish fulfillment into an excuse to make a movie. “Just Go With It” is actually based on a 1969 movie that was based on a Broadway play that was based on a French play, which probably did not feature Danny’s cousin Eddie (Nick Swardson) posing as a sheep shipper named Dolph Lundgren.

The verdict: The B.S. meter pops about 57 gaskets from the, cough, affection between Palmer and Danny, whose view of his, cough, girlfriend should include ga-ZONGA sound effects while his eyes pop out “Roger Rabbit”-style. That isn’t to take away any credit from the beauties on display (and, if you’re wondering, Decker’s performance isn’t terrible). It’s just that a pro-boobs statement (that’s easy to agree with) doesn’t really compensate for a movie that’s also anti-gay and anti-Semitic, not to mention insulting to women, pigs, minorities, people who are overweight, N’Sync, people with birth defects and sheep.

Did you know?
Katherine notes that Cary Grant stayed fit by always taking the stairs. I’m sure the legendary actor’s estate is thrilled to have his name mentioned in a film that also features Dave Matthews (playing, no joke, the husband of a character played by Nicole Kidman) picking up a coconut with his butt.

mpais@tribune.com

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