Is anyone else as baffled by the career of Adam Sandler as I am? At times, he can be sensitive, self-effacing, even chivalrous. Other times, he can be mean-spirited, arrogant, and misogynistic. (Not to mention strangely violent.)
I’ve loved him in films like Funny People and Reign Over Me, and both his rom-coms with Drew Barrymore (50 First Dates and The Wedding Singer.) But I’ve hated—hated—his work in Grown-Ups, I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry, The Waterboy, and The Longest Yard.
Both sides of the Sandler persona are in full effect in the wildly uneven Just Go With It.
He plays Danny, a plastic surgeon who wears a wedding ring to bars so he can tell sob stories about an abusive, uncaring spouse and have sympathy sex, with no strings attached. But when he falls for the beautiful, way-too-young-for-him Palmer (Brooklyn Decker), he needs to explain the ring away, so he tells her that he was married, but he’s about to get divorced.