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‘Just Go With It’ Is Just The Latest Movie Caught In A Web Of Hilarious Lies!

Just Go With Itby Janet Manley

Today's release of Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston rom-com vehicle, “Just Go With It,” will blaze away the winter chill with its sunny twin rays of confusion and misdirection.

Sandler’s character, Danny, uses a wedding band to attract women. When the bodacious Palmer (Brooklyn Decker) falls for his trick but insists she can't date a married man, Danny asks his long-suffering assistant, Katherine (Aniston), to pretend to be his wife so he can project cozy family vibes, act out a divorce, and net the babe. Pretend to be married to your boss? Involve your precious kiddies in the ruse? Go through with a fake divorce? That sounds like a scenario for surefire moral turpitude and occupational chaos, right? Not according to Aniston’s character, who decides to “just go with it.” Not to worry, on the big screen, no one ever gets caught in his or her own web of lies!

Although Katherine might seem a trifle hasty, she is not the first illustrious resident of a rom-com to feign myopia in service of plot. In fact, ridiculous scenarios and character short-sightedness have combined to produce box-office bullion time and time again. Below, we take a look at the golden era of dupes — the narratologically complex ‘90s — in which characters, in solidarity with their audience, willingly suspended their own disbelief and dismissed all instincts to "just tell the truth," deciding instead, “Eh, might as well just go with it!”

"Three to Tango" (1999)
Hard-working architectural pair Peter (gay, played by Oliver Platt) and Oscar (straight, played by Matthew Perry) want to win a contract from businessman Charlie at any cost. So when Charlie asks Oscar to spy on his mistress (Neve Campbell), they think it’s all good. Until they realize Charlie thinks Oscar is the gay one. Quandary! Their solution? Oscar should flame it up even though he is falling for the girl.
The Ruse: Pretend to be gay to get close to the mistress of the guy you hope to win a contract from.
The Complication: Winning ‘Gay professional of the year,’ perpetuating shallow stereotypes.
The Verdict: Just go with it.

"Picture Perfect" (1997)
Kate (Jennifer Aniston) has a cool job in advertising, but her boss won’t give her a promotion until she demonstrates long-term stability. What to do, what to do? How about rope a random acquaintance into pretending he’s her fiance? All is well for young, lovable Kate until both her co-worker and fake fiance start falling for her, and her boss asks to meet the lucky devil who gets to marry the engaging creative.
The Ruse: Use Jay Mohr as a stability accessory to impress your shallow boss.
The Complication: Kevin Bacon starts putting the Baconater moves on you, and your hire-a-fiance gets serious.
The Verdict: Just go with it.

"Mrs Doubtfire" (1993)
When Robin Williams’ character is denied custody of his children, the court orders that he secure full-time employment. Williams interprets this as an open call to go nuts with latex, foam and wigs, and impersonate a British nanny to get back inside his family home. When the kids find out their dad has infiltrated their lives as a cross-dressing Mary Poppins, they figure it’s probably best they aid in the deception. Burnt boobs, droopy prosthetics and lipstick residue don’t deter the willful Williams, who will not rest until he has come undressed in front of a room full of helpless restaurant guests.
The Ruse: Pretending to be an elderly woman to cheat social services.
The Complication: Nagging pantyhose issues, needing to be in two places at one time as two different characters.
The Verdict: Just go with it.

"Green Card" (1990)
Immigration can be such a finicky process. So can apartment hunting. The solution for New Yorker Bronte (Andie McDowell) and Frenchman Georges (Gerard Depardieu)? Fake a marriage! It’s as easy as climbing on a Manhattan roof and posing for ski photos in a couple of onesies. From the good old days when deportation was somehow romantic comes this roller-coaster ride about telling whoppers to your landlord and the United States government.
The Ruse: Fake a convenient marriage to fool the USCIS.
The Complication: Seeming a little too French to be legit.
The Verdict: Just go with it.

"Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead" (1991)
When mom leaves town on a three-month vacation, the unexpected death of the babysitter comes too soon for the Crandell siblings, who are intent on partying and shooting dinner plates from the roof of the house all summer. Evidently not riled by the sight of rigor mortis, the children band together to perpetrate a lie against their absent mother, which will involve the teenaged Sue Ellen (Christina Applegate) scoring a job at a killer fashion company to support the leisure-lifestyle of the rat pack. A heartwarming bildungsroman of family values, life lessons and death cover-ups, we hadn't had this much fun since "Weekend at Bernie's II."
The Ruse: Convince your mom that everything is fine at home, even though you found the babysitter stone-cold dead in the armchair on Day 2.
The Complication: Paying for the post-death festivities; getting past the coroner; filling out a W-2 as a clueless minor.
The Verdict: Just go with it.

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