Just Go With It opens in US and UK cinemas today! Nicole makes an “unbilled cameo” appearance in the film as Devlin Adams, Jennifer Aniston’s characters nemesis/frenemy from their sorority.
In Just Go With It, a plastic surgeon, romancing a much younger schoolteacher, enlists his loyal assistant to pretend to be his soon to be ex-wife, in order to cover up a careless lie. When more lies backfire, the assistant’s kids become involved, and everyone heads off for a weekend in Hawaii that will change all their lives.
Nicole says she chose this film because she wanted to have fun, especially having just completed Rabbit Hole. Plus, the filming location of Hawaii was appealing too She says of her involvement:
“[I'm] not a comedienne, so it’s totally unusual for me to do something like this. Still, any actor will find it difficult to resist Sandler when he calls offering a part. 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.
The movie is opening in 3,400 theaters in the US, so find your local theatre and get down there! I saw the film earlier, and (needless to say) Nicole was the highlight. It’s a totally different film for Nicole, and something she’s never done before, so it’s a must-see for all fans. While I never think you should pay much attention to reviews, I’ve posted a number of them further down this post. And click the graphic below to visit the official site for the movie.
If/when you go see it, make sure you drop back in here after and tell us what you thought!
The beautiful casting of Nicole Kidman as an old-school underminer succumbs to the Sandler effect, and her character is quickly reduced to an opportunity for two deft actresses to shake their asses in competitive close-up.
A surprise supporting performance comes in the form of Oscar winner Nicole Kidman (yes, the ex-Mrs. Scientologist). While not hugely affecting the plot, she comes into her own later in the film and displays some interesting comedy skills.
A third-act appearance by Nicole Kidman as an old college rival of Katherine’s sets off sparks. Kidman brings it. But she’s paired with the rocker Dave Matthews, who could only be called an “actor” in an Adam Sandler movie.
The comedy show stealer by far, though, is Nicole Kidman as the ultra-competitive Devlin Adams, Katherine’s acidic-tongued and insensitive school nemesis who has ‘foot-in-mouth’ disease. Kidman in a part against type is utterly hilarious and has an obvious ball in the process, so this comes across well. Musician Dave Matthews is her equally nauseating husband, Ian Maxtone Jones, supposed iPad inventor, who’s in denial of a different sort. There’s a ‘coconut decider’ that involves Devlin, Ian, Katherine and Danny that’s a real hula howler.
However, the cast fling themselves at the scatty material with gusto, not least Nicole Kidman in an eye-catching supporting role as the ultra-competitive arch-nemesis, who doesn’t know the meaning of defeat.
When the movie ends up on what looks like the exact same beach as Ben Stiller’s “The Heartbreak Kid,” you start to wonder if the premise has enough juice for Sandler to keep it going, and that’s when Nicole Kidman shows up as Katherine’s catty sorority competition Devlin along with her husband, an absolutely loopy performance by rocker Dave Matthews. Kidman’s performance in the role of spoiled and snooty Long Island debutante is almost inspired enough to reinvigorate the chuckles.
Nicole Kidman gives a game performance as Katherine’s competitive best friend, and it could have been hilarious, but for one thing. She is not given a single funny thing to say or do, and neither is anyone else. Sandler is sentimental and ingratiating and Aniston is on autopilot.