Just Go with It Blu-ray Review
Just Go with It comes to Region Free UK Blu-ray complete with a pretty damn good 1080p High Definition video rendition, presented in the movie’s original theatrical aspect ratio of widescreen 1.85:1. Detail is great throughout, with only a few moments where you would question the softness. The movie is cursed by the ‘standard colourful romcom’ look, which is bright, over-saturated and clinically clean, like a warmer take of CSI: Miami, only without the neon labs, without the frenetic, flashy camera edits, and with no grain or noise. Yes, this is one of those digital-looking productions which boasts no filmic grain. But it really doesn’t matter for the material. Some of the shots are much more realistic – still obviously set-based – and generally look good. There’s a hint of edge enhancement if you’re really looking – but, again, it’s simply nothing that will affect your enjoyment of the movie. The colour scheme, as you might have already guessed, is vivid and broad, with lots of rich tones throughout. Skin tones are a little too tanned, but that may indeed have nothing to do with the transfer at all. Black levels are reasonably solid, and overall this is a splendid video presentation for the movie, which doesn’t hit demo quality level because of the aforementioned issues, but really looks pretty-much exactly how I can imagine the filmmakers intended.
On the aural front we get a boisterous DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track which does exactly what you would expect for this kind of material. Dialogue-driven, the words and funny voices come across clearly and coherently throughout, largely dominating the frontal array. Effects are nicely observed, occasionally sparking into a nice, surround environment (the beach and outdoor scenes fare far better in that respect), but don’t expect much bombast because of the limitations of the material itself. The soundtrack is populated by some poptastic but not too cheesy song tracks, which are normally mounted up against the expected montage moments, and the score itself is distinctly forgettable, but still works perfectly well for the film itself. LFE takes a rest for the duration, but there are no real complaints with this decent enough audio presentation.
Just Go with It comes with a whole bunch of extras, some of which are a little bitty, but which, between them, offer up just about everything you would expect or want in the way of background/extra material for this kind of movie. It’s a solid effort.
First up we get a full length roundtable audio commentary track provided by the film’s star Adam Sandler, who’s accompanied by Sandler regular Nick Swardson (who plays Dolph), as well as a bunch of other cohorts, almost all from the Happy Madison production family. I didn’t realise, but that was actually Adam Sandler’s real wife, Jackie, who played the unfaithful first wife of his character in the movie – we get to learn stuff like this throughout, as well as how they did the prosthetic effects, how they put the cast together and came up with some of the plot developments; but basically it’s an excuse for them all to have a riotous time laughing about their experiences on the set (mostly joking about the fun they had, and all the famous faces that just drove by and hung around on the set – including Chris Rock and Gary Busey). Honestly, it’s quite contagious, but, admittedly, not all that informative; a great commentary to dip in and out of, but maybe not one to sit through from start to finish – unless you’re a MASSIVE Adam Sandler fan (he does do plenty of funny voices, so that’s a plus). A nice accompaniment, glad they spent the time putting it together.
The second offering is a solo effort with the director Dennis Dugan, who offers up a much more technical – but consequently much more dry – commentary of his own. He talks about the production itself, putting together the cast, getting some of the scenes right; and even offers up a bit of background into the story and script. But it really isn’t a patch on the Sandler-led effort. If you want to learn about the film, though, this is the place to look.
Laughter is Contagious is a 5 minute gag reel where the cast and crew basically show how hard it was to keep a straight face whilst saying some of the lines. Some of the funny voices go wrong, sometimes the cast go off-track, and there are some fun moments, but it’s quite a long montage which does get repetitive after a while – as you might only expect.
Deleted Scenes last a whopping 17 minutes and amount to both deleted and extended sequences, split into 16 different scenes which, for the most part, where probably rightly removed. There’s more from the opening scene-setter; some more improv’ along the way; plenty more Sandler and Aniston, and some better developed supporting characters. Some of its quite funny, but, with a near two-hour runtime already, and nothing here that is totally laugh-out-loud funny, I wouldn’t have thought anything should have been put in. Fans will enjoy watching the moments here, though, particularly the Harry Potter reference, the smidge of raging man-child Sandler that we get when someone mocks him, an amusing moment during the holiday trek and some hit and miss bits towards the end.
Adon: Living Plastic is a great little offering that has Kevin Nealon (unrecognizably in-character as the man with too much plastic surgery) taking it to the streets and talking to real people in real coffee shots and hair salons, and trying to get a reaction from members of the public. It’s only a couple of minutes long, so never really outstays its welcome, but there are limitations to how far this could have gone. A nice touch though.
Along Came a Prop Guy spends 3 minutes on set with the filmmakers, watching as the prop guy has laughs putting a fake spider on various members of the cast and crew. The girls get hit the worst – but there’s one guy who hilariously runs away!
Decker’s Got Gas gives us 2 minutes of Brookyln Decker (who plays Palmer) using a ‘fart’ app on her iPhone to surprise her co-stars and the crew. It’s mildly amusing, and at least shows the debut actress to be game for the silly antics.
Dolph – Not The One From Rocky IV is 6 minutes of behind the scenes footage and cast and crew comments about Nick Swardson, who plays the fictional other Dolph Lundgren. He makes many of the cast and crew laugh during filming, and this is quite a nice addition.
Kevin Nealon: The Plastic Man gives us a few more minutes with this character (who’s also the feature of the “Adon” extra, obviously), with more cast and crew snippets and funny outtakes.
What’s A Dugan? Spends 5 minutes with the director, chatting to the camera on-the-fly during his filming, and showing that he’s up for a laugh too.
Look Who Else Is In The Movie highlights the cameo contributors, mostly Sandler regulars – and normally used as examples of bad plastic surgery: eyebrows, breasts, and that guy with the fake head. It’s a couple of minutes long.
Sneaky Kiki & Bart spends 90 seconds with the child actors.
The Perfect Couple: Jen and Adam takes a longer 6 minutes to look at the two leads, with background footage from the set, final film shots, and some nice interview moments, highlighting how they came together for this project and the fun they had doing it together.
The Not So Perfect Couple gives us a further 4 minutes with the other couple, with Nicole Kidman the focus here, who only offers up a startlingly short interview moment herself. She definitely looks better without shedloads of makeup on, though.
Decker’s First Role looks more closely at this, the debut film effort from the gorgeous young actress, spending 4 minutes with the cast and crew discussing her, and having her talk briefly about her own experiences. Ex-sports illustrated swimsuit model, wow does she spend a lot of time in skimpy outfits in this extra. That was not a complaint.
Shooting Hawaii spends 6 minutes looking at the beautiful Hawaii shoot, and the fun they had in the sun, with most of the cast and crew chipping in.
Finally the disc is rounded off by a brief look at the Grand Wailea Promo, and the original Theatrical Trailer.
Just Go with It hums a very familiar tune, but in a halfway decent fashion, giving us a comparatively solid story upon which to hang all of the usual comedic antics that you would expect from an Adam Sandler / Jennifer Aniston collaboration. They’re not on their best form, but they are on reasonably good form, and they fare quite well with this material; playing to their ages a bit more, whilst also making room for plenty of comedic, relationship-derived shenanigans. This is still fluffy stuff, but it’s more enjoyable than many of the distinctly-average-to-really-bad offerings that keep the rom-com genre thoroughly saturated.
On Region Free UK Blu-ray we get decent video and audio, and a hefty set of extras which covers all the bases; and it all amounts to a good package for fans to pick up. Those who like Aniston will find this a blind buy; Sandler fans should consider it a pretty middle-of-the-road effort for him, but marginally better than average; and those who enjoy this kind of romantic comedy should be pleasantly surprised by this silly but entertaining film.
Suggested retail price when reviewed: £22.99
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