A man would go to great lengths to be with the woman of his dreams—at least that’s what this movie tells us. In “Just Go With It,” Adam Sandler plays a plastic surgeon romancing a much younger schoolteacher, and in order to prove to her he’s an upstanding guy, he enlists his loyal assistant to pretend to be his soon-to-be ex-wife to cover up a careless lie.
Give in to the premise because it is a comedy movie, after all. And while there is a hint of truth behind the funnies, the real deal about this movie is the list of hot celebrities Adam Sandler has managed to put together. First up: Jennifer Aniston.
Playing Katherine, the woman who will soon fake-divorce Sandler’s character, Danny, Jennifer says of her character, “She’s just exhausted by him… She feels she has to help him save himself from his own web of lies, even though she doesn’t approve. When she’s in the middle of it, you can see her thinking, ‘How did I get on board with this?’”
But while Jennifer is all about characters, one other A-list Hollywood celebrity shares her experience on the set. In a rare straight comedy turn, Nicole Kidman just went with it, so to speak. “[I’m] not a comedienne, so it’s totally unusual for me to do something like this,” she admits.
But Adam proved irresistible to this Oscar-caliber actress. “He called up and said, ‘Look, I’ve got this completely outrageous character; do you want to do it?’ I’ve always loved his movies, and I worked with him on ‘Saturday Night Live’ 20 years ago, and I thought he was great, so it was lovely to be asked. I just love doing comedy, but I don’t get asked to do it very often. I did ‘To Die For’ years and years ago, but that’s a black comedy, so it was great to be asked to do something outrageous.”
But more than the role, Nicole points out, “I just can’t believe how relaxed the set is. I’m used to working on these sets where everyone has to be really serious. To work on something where you get to play it’s been such a fun thing for me. It doesn’t feel like you’re making a movie; it feels like you’re just hanging out, and at this stage in my life, I just want to have fun.”
Another cast member in “Just Go With It” is the unbelievably hot Brooklyn Decker, who happens to be last year’s Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue cover girl. This is Brooklyn’s first-ever feature film and she remembers auditioning for the part when the Swimsuit Issue hit newsstands. “That was a total whirlwind,” she remembers. And as she was doing publicity for the magazine, “that week, I got a call asking if I could come out for the table read with Adam, Jen, Nicole, and Nick – so I came out to do it, and that evening I got a call from Adam saying, ‘Hey, kid, you want the part – it’s yours.’”
Brooklyn also recalls being in the midst of a set where everyone was playing pranks on each other. Not to be outdone, she wanted in on the fun and played a prank of her own.
“I had the fart app on my phone – you push the button and it makes this wretched noise,” she shares. “It was a scene where Adam and I were in bed together – it’s incredibly quiet and the camera pans were very slow. I had the phone under the pillow, and I’m snuggled with Adam and when the camera panned over I was planning on releasing the fart app. So I do, and he barely hears it. He thinks it’s my stomach growling, and he just says, ‘All right, let’s do that again.’ That was my failed prank.”
She may have failed but Adam and his producers hope this movie won’t. At its core, as with most Adam Sandler films, the movie is about heartbreaks and realizations, with a few laughs thrown in. And as long as human beings are still trying to figure out how relationships work, then perhaps they could all go with this new romantic comedy.
“Just Go With It” opens in local theaters on Feb. 16.