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Just Go With It is a 2011 Romantic Comedy starring Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston. Very loosely based off a 1969 film, Cactus Flower.

Sandler plays Dr. Danny Maccabee, a Beverly Hills plastic surgeon who, for most of his adult life, has pretended to be an unhappily married man in order to engage in one-night stands with women. Largely out of fear of being heartbroken again after a woman he was set to marry turned out to have never loved him, which he fortunately discovered before they took their vows. At a party, he meets Palmer (Brooklyn Decker), a young schoolteacher with whom, for the first time in his life, he feels a real connection. Matters become complicated when Palmer discovers Danny's wedding ring, and runs away, assuming he cheated on his wife with her.

Aniston plays Katherine Murphy, a divorced mother of two children, and Danny's long-time friend and faithful office assistant. Reluctantly, Katherine agrees to pretend to be Danny's soon-to-be-ex-wife, to give Palmer the impression his marriage was already over and she didn't ruin it.

Pretty quickly, the web of lies spins out of control, and Katherine's two kids Maggie (Bailee Madison) and Michael (Griffin Gluck) get caught in the crossfire, as well as Danny's socially-inept cousin Eddie and Katherine's old college rival Devlin Adams (Nicole Kidman).

Just Go With It includes examples of

  • All Men Are Perverts: At the beginning of the film, some men immediately start yelling out inappropriate pick-up lines to a woman that enters the bar. Also, a delivery man attempts to feel Katherine's boobs.
  • Almost Kiss: Katherine and Danny almost kiss outside her hotel room but are interrupted by her kids coming out of the room.
  • Alpha Bitch: Devlin Adams, who takes numerous opportunities to mock Katherine by bringing up embarrassing things from their college days, finding any excuse to make any conversation about herself and attempting to win a hula competition simply through cheating. She does get a little nicer by the end.
  • Ambiguously Gay:
    • Palmer's new boyfriend, a guy her age who's an even bigger fan of *NSYNC and wears a necklace that reads "I love Justin".
    • Devlin's husband given the way he picks up a coconut and notices the tanner guy at the hula competition. Justified when he's celebrating his coming out by hanging out with some sailors.
  • Back-Alley Doctor: One of Danny's patients comes to him to get corrected after going to one of these.
  • Bathroom Stall of Overheard Insults: Danny's fiancee's prep room is right next to the men's room, which allows him to overhear his fiancee and her bridesmaids discussing her real reason for marrying him.
  • The Beard:
    • Katherine plays this role for Danny. Since she's playing his adulterous soon-to-be-ex-wife, Eddie plays The Beard for her as well.
    • Danny also does this for Katherine in front of Devlin.
    • Devlin turns out to be this for her husband as he discovers he is actually gay.
  • Becoming the Mask: In pretending to be husband and wife, Danny and Katherine fall in love for real.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: Danny and Katherine develop this for each other while pretending to be ex-husband and ex-wife. Eventually it becomes real.
  • Betty and Veronica: Eventually, Danny finds himself torn between his younger, hot girlfriend Palmer and his older, gorgeous cynic best friend Katherine.
  • Butt-Monkey: Eddie, Danny's cousin who's always the fall guy. He gets attacked by a pig, smacked numerous times by Katherine (given he was hitting on her), falls off a waterfall, gets his tongue pinched, gets threatened by a UFC fighter (who's engaged to his ex-girlfriend), has to fake perform CPR on a half-dead sheep, has to sleep in a bathtub and then wake yo to his hand getting pooped on by Katherine's son going to the bathroom.
  • Casting Gag:
    • Danny's fiancee at the beginning of the movie is played by Adam Sandler's wife in real life.
    • Brooklyn Decker's character ends up getting together with a man played by her real-life husband Andy Roddick.
  • Camp Gay: The concierge at the Hilton resort, and the high-end hairdresser Danny hires for Katherine.
  • The Cameo: In the end, Palmer ends up getting together with a tennis player played by Andy Roddick, Brooklyn Decker's real-life husband.
  • Celebrity Cameo: Heidi Montag appearing in one scene as a guest at the beach party concerned over a boy's injury.
  • Didn't Think This Through: The whole Hawaii vacation was due to Michael's idea since he wanted to "swim with the dolphins". However come time to actually do it, it's revealed he can't swim much to Danny's irritation since he's paying for the whole trip.
  • Disappeared Dad: Katherine's ex-husband and Michael and Maggie's father is always a "no-show" and is hardly in his kids lives. It becomes sad later on when Michael breaks down crying over the fact that their dad doesn't want to spend time with them.
  • Fake Boobs: A patient comes to Danny with fake boobs. One rather bigger than the other due to the boob accidentally being hit with a car door the implant popping inside.
  • Fake Nationality: Invoked by Eddie, who's posing as Katherine's paramour Dolph Lundgren.
  • False Soulmate: Danny and Palmer were meant to get married in Hawaii, but instead he ends up getting married to Katherine. Also, Palmer finds a new love interest on the plane.
  • Fan Disservice: One of the hula contenders dancing is overweight.
  • Fanservice:
    • The hula contest between Katherine and Devlin.
    • Palmer dropping her Modesty Towel to lure Danny for some Shower of Love, showing off her Toplessness from the Back with some Sideboob.
    • Palmer and Katherine stripping down to their swimsuits and going swimming.
    • Katherine after her makeover as Danny's "hot ex-wife".
  • Fashion-Shop Fashion Show: Katherine is seen trying on an array of dress in front of the mirror, while doing little dances and checking herself out.
  • "Fawlty Towers" Plot: It would seem Danny will stop at nothing to maintain the farce that he's soon-to-be-divorced rather than come clean with Palmer about his scheme.
  • Funny Background Event: Michael and Maggie's babysitter Rosa dancing in the ground on the Pizza Hut.
  • Frozen Face: There's a man who became so addicted to botox that he can barely move his face. His lips are also so stiff that he has trouble drinking.
  • Gag Penis: Danny's cousin is always bragging about this in his attempt to pick up dates, that is until Danny reveals to the women that he's the one who installed his genital enlargement.
  • Gold Digger: The only reason Danny's cheating fiancee wanted to marry him.
  • Groin Attack:
  • Hello, Sailor!: After coming out as gay, Devlin's ex-husband can be seen laughing and talking with some sailors at the bar.
  • Inherently Attractive Profession: Danny's fiancee in the prologue was only marrying him because he was going to be a doctor.
  • Invention Pretension: Devlin helps her husband Ian maintain the farce that he invented the iPod.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Despite her feelings for Danny, Katherine willingly backs down and tells Palmer that she is the 'perfect girl' for Danny and claims that he even told her himself, giving her her blessing. Implied with Palmer off-screen from her breakup.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Fashionable: Danny convinces Katherine to undergo a makeover so she can pretend to be his hot ex-wife. He buys her new, fashionable clothes and gets her a new haircut. Katherine realizes she'll never have an opportunity like this again and starts going for the most expensive stuff she can see, and threatens to feign being sick and drop the whole charade when Danny tries to object.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Much like many of Sandler's other roles. Lampshaded by Katherine.
  • Ladykiller in Love: After a lifetime of one-night stands, Danny finds himself falling in love for real. Just not with who he thinks he is.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Both Maggie and Michael, the former of whom blackmails Danny into paying for her acting classes (and conveniently making sure he literally can't say "no" by claiming her class teaches her to scream "DIE!" whenever anyone does so; she also used a different accent than Danny wanted her to, knowing he can't complain in front of his "daughter"), and the latter of whom lets loose the crocodile tears in front of Palmer to manipulate Danny into taking the lot of them to Hawaii. One could argue even Katherine was as well, as when Danny takes her to get all-new clothes and a new hairstyle to help sell the lie, she immediately takes advantage, looking for the most expensive stuff she can see and threatening to fake being sick when Danny tries to stop her.
  • Making Love in All the Wrong Places: Danny and Palmer have sex on the beach.
  • Misplaced-Names Poster: Seen here.
  • Ms. Fanservice:
    • Palmer shows a lot of skin in teeny bikinis throughout the film.
    • Katherine gets a moment in a bikini as well.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • Danny, when Palmer searches his pants and finds his fake wedding ring.
    • Katherine, when she sees her old college nemesis Devil Adams.
    • Everyone crossing the bridge when they hear a person below warn that the bridge they're crossing can only handle one persona at a time.
  • Overly-Long Gag: Substituting Devlin for "shit" or "crap" and the "Soul Patch" thing.
  • Parental Neglect: Maggie and Michael's father doesn't show up to pick them up. Katherine reveals this happens often.
  • Parental Substitute: Danny acts as this to the kids, even teaching Michael how to swim.
  • Product Placement: Pizza Hut, as well as a number of high-end fashion retailers. Making the Pizza Hut product placement more egregious is that everyone is drinking cans of Pepsi, when most restaurants do not sell soft drinks by the can.
  • Runaway Groom: Danny jilts Palmer at the altar. Oddly it happens offscreen suggesting that the filmmakers were unwilling to risk Danny losing audience sympathy by actually showing him dumping the very sweet-natured and likable Palmer. Katherine doesn't even ask how Palmer took the news.
  • Sexy Surfacing Shot: One scene has a scene with Palmer coming out of the sea in a tiny yellow bikini in Slow Motion with both Daniel and Eddie Eating the Eye Candy.
    Eddie: Okay, yeah, I would create a fake family for that.
  • Shopping Montage: Danny takes Katherine out shopping for more fashionable clothes, and the scene is turned into a montage.
  • Shoulders-Up Nudity: Palmer is only seen from the shoulders up during her Shower Scene.
  • Singing in the Shower: Palmer sings "Bye Bye Bye" while showering, much to Katherine's annoyance.
  • Sir Not-Appearing-in-This-Trailer: Nicole Kidman as Devlin.
  • Spicy Latina: Rosa, Maggie and Michael's nanny. She's latina, plays videogames and is seen dancing next to one of the workers at Pizza Hut.
    Danny: We're here. And Rosa's here... (sees Rosa singing and dancing next to a waiter in the background of Pizza Hut) ...doing whatever Rosa does.
    Michael: God, she's freaky!
  • Stacy's Mom: For a divorced mother of two kids, Katherine is still attractive.
  • Suck E. Cheese's: J.D. McFunnigan's.. Danny complains that it stinks like kids' feet and skit-mark underwear.
  • Team Power Walk: Played with in one scene, when Danny, Katherine, Michael and Maggie are in the parking lot at J.D. McFunnigan's. A little kid being chased by his pregnant mom runs into the shot and he throws his drink at her. And all of this is happening in Slo Mo.
  • Ultimate Job Security: The nanny Rosa. She is clearly uninterested in her job and often uses her hours to do things other than taking care of Katherine's children (such as hitting on men, play Super Mario Bros on her Nintendo DS and and watch Showtime). But somehow, she stills holds down the job and even joins the family in Hawaii.
  • Unusual Euphemism: Out of contempt for her college rival, Katherine and her kids use "Devlin" as a euphemism for taking a poop and the adults use it as a euphemism for "shit". This becomes a Running Gag as many innocuous-sounding sentences using the name "Devlin" suddenly become scatological jokes.
    Palmer: Her name is Devlin?
    Danny: Shitty name, isn't it?
  • Unusual Eyebrows: A patient comes to Danny with one eyebrow abnormally higher than the other one.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: How Danny and Katherine start out. Later on, they realize it's really Belligerent Sexual Tension.
  • Walking Swimsuit Scene: Palmer spends much of the film wearing not much more than a bikini.