Jen Aniston's Movie Gets Panned on Her 42nd Birthday

Entertainment Feb. 11, 2011 AT 1:32PM
Jen Aniston's Movie Gets Panned on Her 42nd Birthday Credit: Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images

Jennifer Aniston got some not-so-happy birthday presents on Friday.

The star kicks off her 42nd birthday with another comedy, Just Go With It, costarring Adam Sandler, Brooklyn Decker and Nicole Kidman. In the flick, Sandler plays a plastic surgeon who enlists his assistant (Aniston) to pretend to be his ex-wife in an elaborate ruse to woo a sexy young teacher (Decker).

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Despite the star power, many film critics disliked the flick.

Says Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times: "The people in this movie are dumber than a box of Tinkertoys...Aniston is alert and amused, [but] she, too, is one tinker short of a toy."

Andrew Barker of Variety calls the film "A puerile kiddie-comedy without the anarchic energy, and a schmaltzy romantic comedy without the sweetness."

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While praising Aniston and Sandler's chemistry, the New York Daily News says: "[They] are charismatic pros who know how to sell a project. But frankly, it's depressing to watch two likable talents pushing such a blatantly empty experience."

Rolling Stone's Peter Travers snipes: "Don't even think of going with it. It's the perfect Valentine's date night movie, but only with someone you hate."

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MSN Movies offered: "Aniston, who's obliged to pretend to be a little frumpy at the outset, is more likable here than she's been in a movie since Office Space at least as far as I'm concerned. There's something almost endearingly stupid about a movie that obliges Aniston to go up against Oscar-winning-capital-"a"-actress Kidman in a hula contest...It's predictable, pat, and often a little more vulgar than it's really required to be. Flatly vulgar, at that."

Slate.com called the comedy "So noxious."

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Adds the New York Post: "Aniston...has a gift for playing every dismal role the same bland, 8-pm-on-NBC way...Everyone should be offended by the time-annihilating suckage of this mirth void. It's as bad as showing up at the Super Bowl only to be told your tickets are no good. It's as bad as being ordered to work all weekend to cover for your boss while he’s golfing in St. Bart's. It's as bad Little Fockers."

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