PLOT: A plastic surgeon (Adam Sandler), who pretends to be married as a pick up line, finally meets the woman of his dreams (Brooklyn Decker). He doesn't use the pick up line on her but when she finds the wedding band he uses and she believes him to be married, he has to tell her he's getting a divorce. He asks his office manager (Jennifer Aniston) and her children to pose as his family in order to prove his story.
DIRECTOR: Dennis Dugan (Grown Ups)
WRITERS: Timothy Dowling (Role Models), Tim Herlihy (Mr. Deeds), and Allan Loeb (The Switch)
CAST: Adam Sandler, Jennifer Aniston, model Brooklyn Decker, Nicole Kidman, Nick Swardson (I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry), Bailee Madison (Brothers).
VERDICT: You either do or don't find Adam Sandler funny. Rarely will you find someone in the gray area. If you do, you watch every one of his movies, no matter how implausible they may be—from adopting his best friend's kid to being the son of the devil. If you don't, you write off the film before you even get through the trailer. I'm a fan. I've seen them all. Yes, even You Don't Mess with the Zohan. I even watch them if I know they're most likely suck. Yes, I'm a masochist. This film will most likely be yet another self-inflicted punishment of milder, Click-proportions.
I'm cool with the zany romantic plot and his character's misogynistic tactics to bag women. What I'm not cool with is that their attempt of making Jennifer Aniston look like a mom was putting her hair up, giving her glasses, and dressing her in loose-fitting clothing. Seriously? Oh and then magically, she appears in a fitted dress and long beautiful hair, sans glasses, and suddenly he sees her in a new light. I realize romantic comedies are known for "transforming" already-beautiful girls, but I thought Sandler, who assisted in the writing, would be smart enough to curb that cliche.
On the plus side, Aniston actually seemed kind of funny...which is a first, post-"Friends." I think I might enjoy watching her belittle Sandler's character. Maybe I'll know for sure if it's a must-see if they release a trailer that includes Kidman, who is playing a role that they're keeping hush-hush.
Release Date: February 11