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Awesome: 7.22%
Worth A Look: 8.25%
Average: 14.43%
Pretty Bad43.3%
Total Crap: 26.8%

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by EricDSnider

"So can we just skip to the next movie?"
3 stars

Somewhere beneath the fart jokes and the libidinous-dog jokes and the general Sandlerism of "Click" lies a movie with a good heart and an uplifting message. And that movie is called "It's a Wonderful Life."

This is the second time (after "Mr. Deeds") that Adam Sandler & Co. have pillaged a Frank Capra film for their purposes. Capra is fondly remembered for making proudly old-fashioned all-American comedies and moral, patriotic dramas. How Sandler came to inherit that mantle today -- thus becoming the 21st century equivalent of Jimmy Stewart -- I don't know. Maybe it's a coincidence that "Mr. Deeds" and "Click" are both Capra remakes, especially since "Click" isn't even credited as one.

What I do know is that "Click" starts out as a lowbrow slob comedy with jokes that don't exactly work and a premise that doesn't exactly make sense and morphs into a Very Special Episode of a syrupy TV sitcom. It eventually abandons all attempts at comedy and for a full half-hour seeks to elicit sympathy for the plight of its main character. That it aaaaaalmost pulls it off is a startling achievement indeed.

Sandler plays Michael Newman, a workaholic architect who, as is custom with movie dads, neglects his hot wife Donna (Kate Beckinsale) and his two little kids Ben (Joseph Castanon) and Samantha (Tatum McCann). His boss (David Hasselhoff, now officially his generation's William Shatner) makes demands and Michael complies, regardless of his prior commitments. He even misses young Ben's (school play? Parent-teacher conference? Piano recital? No, but close) swim meet.

Unlike 100 percent of real-life young American fathers, Michael can't figure out how to work his TV's remote control -- seriously, isn't remote prowess what guys are famous for? -- and keeps accidentally opening his garage door instead. (Why is the garage door opener on the living room coffee table?) So he goes in search of a universal remote and stumbles into the back room at Bed, Bath & Beyond, where an odd mad-scientist-looking man named Morty (Christopher Walken) gives him a universal remote control that remotely controls Michael's universe. Hitting "fast-forward" skips through an argument with his wife. He can turn down the volume on his dog's barking. Bored with rush-hour traffic? Just skip to the next "chapter" and suddenly you're at work!

The film, written by "Bruce Almighty" scribes Steve Koren and Mark O'Keefe, goes through the obvious permutations here. Michael has a special fondness for freeze-framing people and doing physical harm to them while they stand motionless; that is how he is able to release a mighty burst of flatulence directly in his boss' face.

But soon Michael realizes he's fast-fowarding through so many "boring" parts of his life that he's missing the good parts that happen in between. And then the remote, which learns his habits and adapts to his preferences, starts fast-forwarding automatically -- a weekend, a year, 10 years, and so forth.

Why, if Michael can skip ahead a few chapters, he can't also skip BACK a few chapters if he fears he's gone too far is not explained.

The director, Frank Coraci (also of Sandler's "The Waterboy" and "The Wedding Singer"), has his hands full with the change in tone, and I doubt he'll please all of Sandler's fans. The people who think a dog humping a stuffed animal is funny surely will not be impressed with the existential "I should have stopped to smell the roses" angst of the second half, while those who appreciate the genuinely good old-age makeup and futuristic set designs in the last act probably won't have laughed much in the first 45 minutes. (You get three guesses which category I fall into.)

The comedy is weak and the tugs at the heartstrings are only slightly stronger. The good news? The obligatory Rob Schneider cameo has him in disguise as an Arabian prince, so you might not even recognize him! Really, you thank heaven for small favors.

Random note: In a flashback to 1976, Michael sees himself as a kid asking his friends over to watch "Three's Company." It's no wonder they decline, though, since the show didn't premiere until 1977.

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User Comments

9/13/17 morris campbell pretty good nothing more 3 stars
2/19/13 the truth oh, look! kate beckinsale in a GOOD movie- oh, wait. Nevermind 2 stars
8/23/10 Anonymus The minute I saw Sean Astin wearing a speedo, I knew this was going to be a desperate film. 2 stars
9/05/09 Stevie Not as bad as the reviews say 3 stars
7/14/09 aliceinwonderland To me it is not a comedy but a relationship movie 3 stars
1/14/09 Anonymous. i feel pathetic but i almost cried :] 4 stars
9/13/08 David I just watched the movie- for a hundred times. It always made me cry. 5 stars
8/11/08 Jon G a beautiful message 5 stars
3/29/08 Bill O Really Lamos muchous dorkus gagus 1 stars
8/15/07 Ashley Well I LOVE this movie & it was a great change for him and IT MADE ME CRY!! but great story 5 stars
7/07/07 maribel reyes i think that it was good b/c it gives a good message that family comes first . 4 stars
7/07/07 AnnieG Was I supposed to even care? Stopped watching about half way through. 2 stars
5/18/07 Smiler only worth watching for Kate Beckingsale. she is hot! 3 stars
5/14/07 fools♫gold If only there was more original music playing during the credits. 9/10 4 stars
2/18/07 kid kool What the fuck are you on about josh? "It was a good film," The movie was lame and so are yo 1 stars
1/06/07 Valerie Cameron meredith, do you mean "not too great", "not to grate"...or what? 2 stars
11/29/06 Stanley Thai One of the best films. Not your normal Adam Sandler movie. 4 stars
11/11/06 Zod Lame and predictable 2 stars
11/11/06 Tesch I love this movie but i didnt really get the ending very much 5 stars
11/11/06 Mariah I love this movie! 5 stars
11/11/06 Kristina Cooney If you just like simple family movies it will satisfy your appetite 4 stars
10/23/06 meredith Click was funny at times and then turned around and tried to be all deep, not to great 3 stars
10/17/06 Tiffany funny at times, wouldnt watch agian 2 stars
10/14/06 michael sounded like a good idea till I watch the movie 3 stars
10/13/06 Lucy Lymonhurst If she can't break better new ground than this, call her Kate BeckinSTALE! 1 stars
10/09/06 Caiphn First movie to be so bad that it made me angry. 1 stars
9/30/06 Regina Haniger Well,well -- I'd just as soon see Kate Beckinsale making more vampire flicks after all. 2 stars
9/18/06 Carmen Mistletoe Fart& dog-humpin joke haters, lighten up! That has nothing to do with why this is a failure 2 stars
9/17/06 Captain Craig Be honest now: haven't we all had quite enough of Adam Sandler? 1 stars
9/16/06 Sheila Evans I needed a much better reason for living to see "the Fonz" play a grandfather. 2 stars
9/16/06 Stephanie Throckmorton Tries to be comedy but is too morose; tries to be morality play but is too preposterous. 2 stars
8/17/06 Pn. The problem isn't Sandler, it's the Sandler handlers. 4 stars
7/25/06 Amy Obviously, the film wasn't trying to shoot for Capra. It was a great Sandler movie 4 stars
7/16/06 KingNeutron A bit heavy-handed, but Walken and Winkler were great. (And Beckinsale is hot!) 3 stars
7/12/06 AlanV Sentimental & obvious twist, some interesting ideas but infantile humour lets it down 2 stars
7/08/06 Anthony Feor goes from funny to hilarious with justa click 4 stars
7/05/06 Mr. Sandler Sucks I'm sick of sandler movies. a few good jokes and funny parts but movie sucked. 3 stars
7/03/06 MikeT no nonsense Meat & potatoes comedy Sandler style. big boobs r funny if handled correctly! 5 stars
7/02/06 greg It was a waste of my time to watch this hyped up film.!!!! 1 stars
7/01/06 Obi Wan Someone stop Sandler please!! 1 stars
6/29/06 josh it was a good film 5 stars
6/26/06 Jack I hated my date but my date loved it! 2 stars
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  23-Jun-2006 (PG-13)
  DVD: 10-Oct-2006



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