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Click (PG-13)

Release Date: June 23rd, 2006 by Columbia Pictures.
The Cast: Adam Sandler, Kate Beckinsale, Christopher Walken, David Hasselhoff, Henry Winkler, Julie Kavner, Sean Astin, Jennifer Coolidge.
Directed by Frank Coraci.

BASIC PREMISE: Michael (Sandler), a father and husband, finds a universal remote that gives him the option to rewind or fast-forward through his life and to pause or mute anything he wants around him.

ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: In this so-called comedy, the premise sounds funnier and more interesting than the movie itself. Michael spends more time at work with his boss (Hasselhoff) than with his wife (Beckinsale) and two young children. He wants to easily—and lazily—control everything in his house, so, one night, he goes to Bed, Bath & Beyond to look for a universal remote. Somehow, he manages to find a section of the store called “Way Beyond” where he runs into a strange man named Morty played by Christopher Walken. Michael’s life changes drastically once Morty hands him—for free— a special universal remote. He mutes his dog, pauses his wife and fast-forwards through mundane daily routines, including sex with his wife. Unfortunately, screenwriters Steve Koren and Mark O’Keefe resort to unoriginal, juvenile humor without a single memorable line. Since when is toilet humor or kicks-to-the-groin still funny? How many times can one laugh at a dog humping a stuffed animal? Clearly, these screenwriters either have to grow up or learn how to use appropriate humor for Adam Sandler fans over the age of 13. At least Click has a great supporting cast that helps to enliven the plot. As usual, Christopher Walken steals his all-too brief scenes and generates a few chuckles. He’s one of the few Hollywood actors who have a real presence. If only his character would show up more often. Henry Winkler and Julie Kavner are great as Michael’s parents, although they gradually seem unconvincing when they make fun of his small penis—another stupid, juvenile joke. Even when the comedy changes into drama in the final act, many scenes have an overly simplistic and awkward feel without a hint of authenticity.

SPIRITUAL VALUE: Click’s overall message that one’s family should be important than one’s work gets repeated over and over to the point of seeming obvious and dull—it’ll make you think to yourself “Okay, okay, I get it already. Move onto another message, please!” If you’re looking for a smarter movie that leaves you with more profound and original messages to think about, rent the underrated film Interstate 60 which also has a main character who goes through an adventure that changes the way he looks at life—and which may even change the way you look at your own life as well. Click will only change the way you look at Adam Sandler—as an actor who can’t always be trusted to provide real laughs.

INSULT TO YOUR INTELLIGENCE: Toilet humor and other forms of juvenile humor. Not enough scenes with Christopher Walken.


IN A NUTSHELL: Juvenile, unoriginal and painfully dull. Strictly for children under 10 or for anyone older with low intelligence who still laughs at toilet humor.


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