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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 brianorndorf

"Sandler swings for the emotional fences...and strikes out"
2 stars

As a critic who truly enjoys offerings from the Sandman, “Click” is a massive disappointment. The picture still has laughs, but the obvious, neutered kind, and the goofball vibe is jettisoned completely for a miscalculated third act that is sunk by its soap opera sentimentality.

Michael (Adam Sandler) is an overworked architect hoping his long hours of service will impress his boss (David Hasselhoff). Sacrificing his time with his wife (Kate Beckinsale, told to stand in a corner and look pretty) and kids, and feeling the heat of neglect, Michael finds the cure for what ails him one late night at Bed, Bath, and “Way Beyond.” Offered a special universal remote by a peculiar salesman (Christopher Walken), Michael finds the clicker can mute, rewind, and fast-forward his own life. Overjoyed with his new toy, Michael soon looks on in horror as the remote starts to make its own choices on what precious moments he skips through.

For some time now, Adam Sandler has been striving to merge his uninhibited sense of humor with screenplays that endeavor to touch the viewer in more heartfelt ways. So far, it’s worked (“Wedding Singer,” “50 First Dates”), but with “Click,” Sandler is pushing his luck; a cloying, second-rate public service announcement on the dangers of neglectful fatherhood, “Click” will surely dishearten even Sandler’s most forgiving faithful, while putting the casual viewer right to sleep.

“Click” sure starts off on the right foot. While playing a softer, domesticated version of his old self, the film still gives plenty of room for Sandler to play around with his idiosyncratic sense of humor, providing nonstop situations for Michael to comment on his incredible surroundings in increasingly Sandleresque ways. “Click” is actually somewhat of a sci-fi comedy, and director Frank Coraci (“The Wedding Singer’), does good work keeping the special effects away from overpowering Sandler and letting him get goofy with the promising premise.

Still, something is holding Sandler from breaking away from the screenplay’s severe dramatic arc. Perhaps fearing he might upset the whole concoction if he plays it too broad, Sandler pulls back at moments, when in any other film, he would just let it rip, or bring in one of his favorite co-stars to do it for him (Rob Schneider, Sean Astin, and Henry Winkler co-star). The theme of neutering domesticity is taken to heart by “Click,” with Coraci pulling out some tired flatulence and dog-humping gags to score easy laughs, in place of the gleeful absurdist humor that Sandler has turned into something of an art form during his career. Undoubtedly there are many moments that shine – the indispensable Terry Crews as Michael’s fellow rush hour motorist rocking out spastically to Loverboy had me doubled over – but there isn’t nearly enough wacky spread around here, especially to counteract what’s served up for the finale.

Since “Click” is something of a DVD menu version of the “Christmas Carol,” Michael’s fingers take him through his future and past life; a majority of the sequences are played for marital laughs, but once “Click” gets its fangs into melodrama, there’s no stopping it. The film reaches intolerable levels of soap opera excess as Michael begins to recognize that his life saving remote is actually an impossible burden. Coraci sledgehammers home the message that family should be appreciated; a valuable lesson, don’t get me wrong, but it’s used as binding on too many films these days. Moderation is the key.

Putting Sandler in fat guy and old age makeup raises a certain expectation that “Click” will continue its pursuit of the funny, but the jovial attitude that defined the first two acts comes to a lurching stop.

The production wants tears, and they shove the sentimentality right up to the screen in crushingly idiotic ways. These are the moments that make one wish they had their own remote control to skip the sap and get right back to the comedy.

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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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