Jack and Jill (2011)
Jack and Jill
Director: Dennis Dugan
Writers: Steve Koren, Ben Zook, Adam Sandler
Cast: Adam Sandler, Katie Holmes, Al Pacino, Johnny Depp, Shaquille O'Neal, Elodie Tougne, Rohan Chand, Nick Swardson, Eugenio Derbez, David Spade, Norm MacDonald, Tim Meadows, Dana Carvey, Regis Philbin, Drew Carey, John McEnroe, Christie Brinkley, Michael Irvin, Jared Fogle, Billy Blanks, Bruce Jenner, Bill Romanowski, Rob Schneider, Dan Patrick
Synopsis: Family guy Jack Sadelstein prepares for the annual event he dreads: the Thanksgiving visit of his twin sister, the needy and passive-aggressive Jill, who then refuses to leave.
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for crude material including suggestive references, language and comic violence
Jack and Jill went up the hill, and....they.....made a crappy movie.....
By god, I just love the movie, "Twins", so much. It was not only a great comedy that was both delightfully entertaining, but it also had a lot of heart to it as well. Why it seems like only yesterday that I was..... Oh wait...I forgot...I'm reviewing the other twin related sibling movie...ugh...somebody shoot me. Anyway, I guess it's time to review Adam Sandler's latest movie, "Jack and Jill." For those of you who're familiar with Adam Sandler's body of work, then you should know that most of his movies are often "hit or misses." Sure, all his films are tragically cliched, and predictable as hell (With the exception of "Punch Drunk Love"), but most of his comedies are fairly entertaining nonetheless. And to be honest, I would never dare say that any of his comedies rank up there with such films like "Trading Places", "Twins", and etc. But, if you're just looking for decent popcorn films that'll generate a few laughs without too much thought, then most of Sandler's comedies seem to really punch that ticket well.
Unfortunately, as I stated earlier, most of his films are often "hit or misses", and this is definitely one of those "misses." For those wondering what does this movie have to do with the fairy tale rhyme "Jack and Jill", it has nothing to do with it at all. No reference or anything, as it seems to be just one giant coincidence. Nothing more, or less.
The film pretty much starts off with a series of interviews with various twin siblings, as they talk about their lives together growing up. Each reminiscing about how they both hated and loved each other, while also pointing out that some invented a unique language that only their twin could comprehend. From here, we shift to Jack (Adam Sandler) who works in marketing, as he tries to vie for Al Pacino to star in a Dunkin Donuts commercial because the company will only do business with him IF he gets Mr. Pacino to be in it. Although, I tend to wonder why it's so freakishly important to Dunkin Donuts to have Al Pacino star in a commercial for them. Don't get me wrong, I do consider him a great actor, but why is Al Pacino so important to them? Do they honestly feel that people will be hungrier for donuts if Pacino is seen eating one? However, the film never answers this question, as we only know that Dunkin Donuts wants Al Pacino badly; which turns out to be a major plot device in this movie.
Anyway, to get back to the rest of the story, Jack is basically a successful businessman in advertising, and he's a family man to boot. Raising his two wonderful children, with his lovely wife played by Katie Holmes (Erin). Indeed, it would seem like Jack lives the perfect life, but that's until he's visited by his twin sister, Jill (also played by Adam Sandler, but in drag. Oh my). To make a long story short, Jill pretty much makes Jack's life miserable. If you can imagine Adam Sandler dressed up as a woman, while acting as annoying as humanly possible with various fart jokes and slapstick humor, then you pretty much have a general idea of how he portrays Jill. To make matters even more interesting, Al Pacino somehow becomes smitten by Jill.... No, I'm not kidding, as he literally falls for Adam Sandler in drag...er..I..I mean for Jill. Of course, I tend to wonder if Al Pacino lost his mind, but eh...I guess whatever turns you on.
However, Jill thinks of him to be some demented weirdo, and wants nothing to do with Al Pacino. Ouch. But, Pacino still pursues her anyway, and tells Jack that he'll only do the Dunkin Donuts' commercial IF Jack can hook him up with her. Oh what's a poor brother to do? Force his twin sister to date a guy that she can't stand for the sake of his career? Or realize that there's simply other things more important than money and success? Of course, unless you're a moron, or never seen a film in your life, then I think it's safe to say that we all know what Jack ends up doing. Trust me, this movie is nothing if not insanely predictable. Granted, you can say that about almost any Adam Sandler film ever made, but as I said before, most of his films are still fairly light hearted entertaining popcorn flicks, and nothing more. Unfortunately, this isn't one of those fairly entertaining ones...
Look, I'm just going to say it. If you're expecting any kind of great comedy that's going to make you laugh constantly until it hurts, or one that you'll remember fondly for years to come, then you'll be very disappointed by this movie. Everything in this movie is fairly forgettable, even for an Adam Sandler film. And, most of the jokes in this movie aren't really that funny. Sure, there's a few moments you might find yourself giggling, but those moments are rare. In fact, the only actors that are even remotely funny in this movie are Al Pacino and Johnny Depp. Yes, both Johnny Depp and Al Pacino play themselves in this movie for those who wish to know. Unfortunately, Adam Sandler isn't that funny in this movie, and that's sad because he's playing both the lead roles.
As Jack, Adam comes off as a real a**hole. Don't get me wrong, I understand what they were trying to do with this movie, as it's fairly obvious most of the comedy was derived from other such films like "What about Bob?"; where they wanted to introduce an annoying character that would eventually drive the sane and calm one to the brink of insanity. Unfortunately, unlike "What about Bob?", this one fails tragically using that same plot device. For those that never seen the movie, I would highly recommend it. It's essentially about an emotionally depressed man named Bob (Bill Murray), who seeks counseling with a therapist named Dr. Leo Marvin (Richard Dreyfuss). However, Dr. Marvin tells Bob that he won't be able to see him for a while because he'll be on vacation with his family, but Bob clearly feels that he'll figuratively die without Dr. Marvin's help; thus he follows the good doctor on his vacation. As to how this relates to "Jack and Jill", I'll get to that momentarily.
Anyway, to make a long story short, the film essentially builds up the humor in "What about Bob?", to where you don't see Richard Dreyfuss lose his cool right away with Murray. Granted, there's subtle hints of frustration in his demeanor, as one would expect. However, it's never outside the realm of reason, and it's not until we get halfway through the film itself that we finally see Dreyfuss lose his cool with Bill Murray, after he's tried so hard to put up with his nonsense. Whereas "Jack and Jill", there's no build up or anything that allows the audience to sympathize with Jack about how he's sorely trying to put up with his obnoxious sister. None! If anything, you see Jack immediately tell his sister that he hates her guts right in front of his family, at the beginning of the movie. Hell, Jack doesn't even try to tolerate his own obnoxious twin sister, as he's constantly making fun of her, and telling her that he despises her. Yet, this is the guy that we're supposed to root for in this comedy? I don't think so.
As for Sandler's performance as Jill, I'm sorry Adam, but please leave the cross dressing comedy to people that actually know how to pull it off, as you certainly don't have a clue. Not only was his performance as Jill straight up annoying, but all his jokes with her consist of nothing but fart jokes and slapstick humor that'll only appeal to six year old children; while the adults cringe in fear. Don't get me wrong, I'm not against slapstick comedy, as I grew up watching various "Three Stooges" movies and shorts as a kid. However, it's hard to laugh when you have a protagonist that's essentially an a**hole, and he has an annoying twin sister that half the time just mopes around feeling sorry for herself in between the fart jokes and slapstick humor.
In the end, I'd avoid this one at all costs. Seriously, don't even bother seeing this movie, as it's not worth your time; unless you're a huge Adam Sandler fan. However, if you really want to see a great Adam Sandler comedy, then I would highly recommend "Happy Gilmore", "The Waterboy", and the "Wedding Singer" to name a few. Granted, they're still every bit as cliched and predictable as this movie, but at least, you'll laugh which is more than what this film will give you. Overall, I'd have to give this a one out of four, and that's only because of how funny Johnny Depp and Al Pacino were in this movie.