In Defence Of… Jennifer Aniston

When Friends, formerly titled Insomnia Café, first hit TV screens way back in October 1994, no one imagined the worldwide success it would achieve, let alone that the six actors who played the lead roles would become such international stars. It has not been so rosy since the series ended in 2004, however, as neither David Schwimmer, Courteney Cox, Matthew Perry, Matt Le Blanc, Lisa Kudrow, nor Jennifer Aniston have made noticeable and befitting transitions to the Continue reading “In Defence Of… Jennifer Aniston”

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DVD Releases: May 30, 2011

Just Go With It

Director: Dennis Dugan

Starring: Jennifer Aniston, Adam Sandler and Brooklyn Decker

The Dilemma 

Director: Ron Howard

Starring: Vince Vaughn, Kevin James and Winona Ryder

Conviction

Director: Tony Goldwyn

Starring: Hilary Swank, Sam Rockwell and Melissa Leo

Red Hill

Director: Patrick Hughes

Starring: Ryan Kwanten, Steve Bisley and Tommy Lewis

US Box Office: March 4 – 6, 2011

1. Rango – $38,000,000

2. The Adjustment Bureau – $20,900,000

3. Beastly – $10,100,000

4. Hall Pass – $9,000,000

5. Gnomeo & Juliet – $6,900,000

6. Unknown – $6,600,000

7. The King’s Speech – $6,500,000

8. Just Go With It – $6,400,000

9. I Am Number Four – $5,700,000

10. Justin Bieber: Never Say Never – $4,300,000

US Box Office: February 25 – 27, 2011

1. Gnomeo & Juliet – $14,200,000

2. Hall Pass – $13,400,000

3. Unknown – $12,400,000

4. Just Go With It – $11,100,000

5. I Am Number Four – $11,000,000

6. Justin Bieber: Never Say Never – $9,200,000

7. The King’s Speech – $7,700,000

8. Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son – $7,600,000

9. Drive Angry 3D – $5,100,000

10. True Grit – $1,900,000

UK Box Office: February 18 – 20, 2011

1. Paul – £5,517,121

2. Gnomeo & Juliet – £2,223,978

3. The King’s Speech – £1,685,180

4. True Grit – £1,466,979

5. Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son – £1,433,778

6. Yogi Bear – £1,370,585

7. Tangled – £1,295,709

8. Just Go With It – £984,355

9. Justin Bieber: Never Say Never – £820,592

10. Black Swan – £696,332

US Box Office: February 18 – 20, 2011

1. Unknown – $21,800,000

2. I Am Number Four – $19,500,000

3. Gnomeo & Juliet – $19,400,000

4. Just Go With It – $18,200,000

5. Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son – $17,000,000

6. Justin Bieber: Never Say Never – $13,600,000

7. The King’s Speech – $6,566,000

8. The Roommate – $4,100,000

9. The Eagle – $3,559,000

10. No Strings Attached – $3,120,000

Review: Just Go With It (2011)

Synopsis: A plastic surgeon (Adam Sandler), romancing a much younger schoolteacher (Brooklyn Decker), enlists his loyal assistant (Jennifer Aniston) 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.

The overall set-up (mooted by Allan Loeb and Timothy Dowling) borders on farce, but through short-sharp bursts of comedy, manages to make a commendable attempt to break-free of rom-com conventions and head into surprisingly heartwarming territory.

Still, no matter how hard it tries, it unfortunately remains a desperately uneven film, suffering from Dennis Dugan’s basic, overly glossy direction and a ludicrously bloated, lingering running time.

The two leads, Sandler and Aniston, display a very natural comedic flare and, to the films advantage, combine their strengths – Sandler’s acerbic sweetness with Aniston’s down-to-earth warmth – to reasonable avail, establishing a tenable and charismatic on-screen duo.

It’s a testament to Aniston who, no matter how deadpan her post-Friends career has become, remains one of the best comedic actresses of her generation, wonderfully transferring her glowing off-screen, warm-natured personality, and sizeable womanly assets, into Katherine’s likeable and winning nature, essentially bringing her to life.

Prevailing in a supporting role, Bailee Madison, who plays Katherine’s youngest daughter, delivers a bubbly, witty and energetic preeminent performance.

Nicole Kidman, on the other hand, stars as Katherine’s frenemy Devlin Adams. It’s a somewhat inspired role, and certainly brings a breath of fresh air to the trailing central plot, but Kidman’s performance comes across as forced, unnatural and down right insane. Your never sure whether to laugh or cringe.

Just Go With It is so ridiculously overblown that it’s bereft of any true mentality, with the end wrapped up so hastily it makes the whole ordeal arguably pointless. Yet, through a zealous performance from Aniston and a suitably pushy script, it’s an infrequently entertaining effort.

UK Box Office: February 11 – 13, 2011

1. Gnomeo & Juliet – £2,945,627

2. The King’s Speech – £1,986,871

3. Tangled – £1,969,148

4. True Grit – £1,823,254

5. Yogi Bear – £1,820,405

6. Just Go With It – £1,628,265

7. Black Swan – £1,069,931

8. The Fighter – £1,002,454

9. Never Let Me Go – £625,496

10. Sanctum – £361,832

US Box Office: February 11 – 13, 2011

1. Just Go With It – $31,000,000

2. Justin Bieber: Never Say Never – $30,260,000

3. Gnomeo and Juliet – $25,500,000

4. The Eagle – $8,589,000

5. The Roommate – $8,400,000

6. The King’s Speech – $7,412,000

7. No Strings Attached – $5,645,000

8. Sanctum – $5,132,000

9. True Grit – $3,770,000

10. The Green Hornet – $3,600,000

Cinema Releases: February 11, 2011

True Grit

Director: Joel and Ethan Coen

Starring: Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon and Hailee Steinfeld

Yogi Bear

Director: Eric Brevig

Starring: Dan Aykroyd, Justin Timberlake and Anna Faris

Never Let Me Go

Director: Mark Romanek

Starring: Carey Mulligan, Keira Knightley and Andrew Garfield

Just Go With It

Director: Dennis Dugan

Starring: Adam Sandler, Jennifer Aniston and Brooklyn Decker

Gnomeo and Juliet

Director: Kelly Asbury

Starring: James McAvoy, Emily Blunt and Jason Statham

Nothing to Declare

Director: Dany Boon

Starring: Benoît Poelvoorde, Dany Boon and Julie Bernard