Cast keeps ab­surd tale on track

JUST GO WITH IT ( 12A)

Evening Express (City Final) - The Guide - - BIG SCREEN - Da­mon Smith

Adam San­dler, Jen­nifer Anis­ton, Brook­lyn Decker, Nick Sward­son, Ni­cole Kid­man.

THE ti­tle of Den­nis Du­gan’s ro­man­tic com­edy should be read as a des­per­ate plea to au­di­ences to ac­cept the hare-brained con­trivances that swiftly pro­pel this film into the realms of the ab­surd. Just Go With It is two hours of lu­nacy that some­how com­pels us to care about the char­ac­ters, and even de­liv­ers a smat­ter­ing of belly laughs. It’s to the credit of screen­writ­ers and a strong en­sem­ble cast that this sac­cha­rine folly doesn’t com­pletely self­de­struct. Cer­tainly there are mo­ments when it teeters on the brink and there is a nag­ging feel­ing through­out that Jen­nifer Anis­ton’s in­tel­li­gent sin­gle mother could do far bet­ter than set­tle for Adam San­dler’s bed-hop­ping boss in this con­vo­luted rom-com. How­ever, the cast fling them­selves at the scatty ma­te­rial with gusto, not least Ni­cole Kid­man in an eye-catch­ing sup­port­ing role as the ul­tra­com­pet­i­tive arch-neme­sis. FAM­ILY WATCH: No Swearing, No Sex, Vi­o­lence.

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