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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 William Goss

"Losing Control"
1 stars

Adam Sandler has his moments, I’ll admit. 'The Longest Yard' was mildly entertaining, as was 'The Waterboy.' Heck, 'Big Daddy' and 'The Wedding Singer' are even relatively solid in my book, and I may have half of a soft spot for 'Bulletproof.' I would rather rewatch any of those five titles than the distressingly laughless 'Anger Management,' '50 First Dates,' or 'Eight Crazy Nights,' and to the top (bottom?) of that list, I swiftly add 'Click,' which changes channels from immature humor to insulting schmaltz over the course of the world’s lengthiest 98 minutes.

This time around, Sony’s trailer editors employ tremendously misleading marketing tactics the likes of which have never been seen since a whopping three weeks ago, with The Break-Up providing an equally insufferable ratio of alleged comedy to attempted pathos. The majority of Click’s supposed humor lies in the first forty minutes, as overworked architect Michael Newman (Sandler) continues to shun his family and display fascinating incompetence in the face of multiple remote controls (Nope, that’s the fan! The R/C car! The garage! The toy helicopter opportunely aimed at Adam’s head!). As such, he stomps off to Bed, Bath, & Beyond, where an employee of the Beyond department, Morty (Christopher Walken), provides him with a rather peculiar universal remote with which he can manipulate his life: he can pause, rewind, fast-forward, activate a James Earl Jones commentary, the works.

An amusing notion, sure, but Sandler’s juvenile tendencies are much too hard to suppress and most jokes becomes elaborately telegraphed and subsequently exhausted, as one scene doesn’t just have Michael freezing time to smack his boss (David Hasselhoff), but to then mount his desk and fart in his face. Sigh. The sole character trait of his assistant (Rachel Dratch): she constantly asks to go to the bathroom. Oh, boy. In a touch dusted off over a decade after Billy Madison, there is once more a redheaded bully named O’Doyle begging for his comeuppance (does Sandler have some unresolved childhood issues with such a person?). More often than not, crude replaces clever and the concept wears out quickly. The paper-pretty premise of a workaholic, self-centered man given immense power only to learn how to truly appreciate life is nothing new, especially to scribes Steve Koren and Mark O’Keefe (Bruce Almighty). However, whereas Almighty dished out the expected lesson and wrapped up with relative tact, almost the entire second half of Click goes serious and seriously awry as the story decides to go deep into tacky and tedious territory that stops the film dead in its tracks.

The remote begins skipping chunks of Michael’s life for him, leaving him to watch his cozy existence collapse as he gains weight, loses family, and suffers through the shoddiest make-up work ever done by legend Rick Baker, which is not so much shoddily done as it is poor in both context and direction by the screenwriters and Wedding Singer/Waterboy director Frank Coraci (come to think of it, the most impressive make-up is the rather early is-it-or-isn’t-it cameo by Rob Schneider). By the time Sandler is languishing at Daddy’s last goodbye or crawling and bawling in the rain during his own final moments, one wants to relocate the remote the story has so conveniently tossed aside and mash the damn power button. I don’t know what’s in worse taste: the running gag about the family dog humping a stuffed duck, or the most graphic on-screen rape in recent memory, as Sandler and company bend Charles Dickens and Frank Capra over their respective coffins and have no mercy.

Take comfort that at least two things will hold up in the years to come: Nick Swardson’s tombstone and Kate Beckinsale, whose attractiveness virtually compensates for her awkward American accent and constant pout. Once you get past the skepticism that someone like Sandler could land someone like Beckinsale, it becomes apparent that his wife is more of a placeholder than anything, a generic role in a familiar formula that could have been exchanged with any number of actresses in the same way that the lead actor easily could have been as well. Sandler seems to be making an honest effort, but he cannot have his comedic cake and eat it with a dramatic face. His desire for cheap gags only decreases his strength when he tries to tug on the good ol’ heartstrings by the end. Sean Astin and Henry Winkler stall in their attempt to establishes characters during their requisite early appearances before conveniently developing into emotional episodes on the sap side. Hasselhoff depletes his one note of sleaze, while Walken embraces his kooky manner and ends up providing the ensemble’s sole beacon of consistency.

I suppose it’s only appropriate that a movie about a remote pushes so many buttons. The story could easily have been funnier, yet the sap is just insult to injury, going beyond shameless sentimentality to offer an inevitable moral that is not only reheated but wholly unearned. At one point, Sandler looks into a camera and screams, “America, have your laugh. I’m an idiot!” Need I rewind that for you?

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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)
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