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Click - Review

Adam Sandler in Click

Review by Jack Foley

IndieLondon Rating: 2 out of 5

DVD SPECIAL FEATURES: Audio Commentary with Adam Sandler, Director Frank Coraci and Writer Steve Korean; Deleted Scenes; 7 Behind The Scenes Featurettes; Easter Eggs.

ADAM Sandler’s Click is a frustrating affair that should really have been a great deal better than it is.

It boasts an intriguing premise and an engaging cast but suffers from a curiously uneven tone and an infuriating obsession with low-brow humour.

Sandler stars as busy architect Michael Newman who has difficulty attempting to juggle family life with a promising career.

Torn between his devotion to his lovely wife (Kate Beckinsale) and his demanding boss (David Hasselhoff), Michael is always one argument away from a breakdown.

But after nipping out on a late-night shopping spree, Michael meets an enigmatic stranger (Christopher Walken) who provides him with the answer to his dilemma in the form of a magical remote control that can pause, rewind and fast forward his world at will.

Hence, Michael is able to achieve everything he wants and sets about improving his mundane existence only to find that the remote develops s a mind of its own and begins to deprive him of key moments along the way.

Directed by Frank Coraci (of The Wedding Singer fame), Click mixes elements of It’s A Wonderful Life with A Christmas Carol without ever really recapturing the magic of either.

It is, first and foremost, an Adam Sandler comedy and, as such, is content to exist in hopelessly juvenile territory.

Gags involving a dog humping a duck or work-place flatulence are overly-repetitive and infuriatingly puerile even though the mean-spirited nature of some will have you laughing in spite of yourself.

While the darker, more serious nature of the latter third of the movie seems totally out of keeping with what’s come before.

Had Sandler and Coraci sought a more consistent tone, the film may have worked better but as things stand it feels like a missed opportunity.

Performance-wise, Click also fails to capitalise on the quality of its cast. Walken, for instance, is merely on auto-pilot and Beckinsale exists merely to dress in skimpy outfits and aruge with Michael.

Henry Wrinkler does, at least, manage to bring some warmth to his portrayal of Michael’s father, while Hasselhoff has fun parodying himself.

But much like the central concept behind the movie itself, Click will leave you wanting to reach for your own magic remote control in a bid to fast forward some of the crassness and pause a little longer over some of the more worthwhile things it has to say.

It’s a Capra-esque tale that sadly owes more to the Sandler of Happy Gilmore and The Waterboy than the far better Sandler of Punch Drunk Love and Spanglish.

Certificate: 12A
Running time: 107mins

  1. The Hoff rules. So the film’s a throaway couple of hours – at least it makes you laugh!

    Jake    Oct 12    #