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Jack and Jill (2011)

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Average Rating: 2.6/10
Reviews Counted: 105
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 102

Although it features an inexplicably committed performance from Al Pacino, Jack and Jill is impossible to recommend on any level whatsoever.

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Average Rating: 2.9/10
Critic Reviews: 27
Fresh: 0 | Rotten: 27

Although it features an inexplicably committed performance from Al Pacino, Jack and Jill is impossible to recommend on any level whatsoever.

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Average Rating: 2.7/5
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Jack and Jill is a comedy focusing on Jack Sadelstein (Adam Sandler), a successful advertising executive in Los Angeles with a beautiful wife and kids, who dreads one event each year: the Thanksgiving visit of his identical twin sister Jill (also Adam Sandler). Jill's neediness and passive-aggressiveness is maddening to Jack, turning his normally tranquil life upside down. Katie Holmes plays Erin, Jack's wife. -- (C) Sony Pictures

PG,

Comedy, Romance

Steve Koren, Adam Sandler

Mar 6, 2012

$74.2M

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April 2, 2012:
Razzie Awards Winners!
Every year, the Golden Raspberry Awards, better known simply as The Razzies, set out to (dis)honor...
April 2, 2012:
Adam Sandler Sweeps Razzies
"Jack and Jill" "wins" every category, taking home 10 "awards."

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All Critics (105) | Top Critics (27) | Fresh (3) | Rotten (102) | DVD (3)

Totally mediocre...

January 31, 2012 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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What makes Jack And Jill worse than the average Sandler vehicle is Jill, who's been conceived as little more than a dude in drag, hold the jokes.

November 12, 2011 Full Review Source: AV Club | Comment (1)
AV Club
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Sandler has become a good actor of late, but here he gives over most of his talents to Jill, who is so screechy, needy, and lovelorn that you can hardly blame Jack for wanting to fade into the background.

November 11, 2011 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Comment (1)
Christian Science Monitor
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The apocalypse starts here.

November 11, 2011 Full Review Source: Detroit News | Comments (28)
Detroit News
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It's all pretty unfunny, and leaves you too much time to wonder about other things. Like, how did this sludge ever get a PG rating?

November 11, 2011 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Comments (4)
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It's cruel and creepy, not funny.

November 11, 2011 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Comments (5)
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Relentlessly witless.

March 14, 2013 Full Review Source: Daily Star
Daily Star

Hasn't Al Pacino heard "Adam Sandler Sucks" before now?

December 28, 2012 Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

Jack and Jill is an ill-advised, too long Saturday Night Live skit gone wrong. It's a cartoon. It's a way for all involved to pad their pockets and a way for Sandler to keep his friends employed.

September 22, 2012 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

Jack and Jill's lack of energy disguises contempt, but here [Sandler's] working through his issues in a more compelling way than usual.

June 20, 2012 Full Review Source: Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

...another complete and total misfire from the once-reliable Adam Sandler...

March 2, 2012 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Comment (1)
Reel Film Reviews

Burn this. This cannot be seen. By anyone.

February 23, 2012 Full Review Source: Flicks.co.nz | Comments (7)
Flicks.co.nz

There appears to be no reason for the pitiless story this appalling movie has to tell beyond portraying Jill as an all-around despicable creature: socially inept and physically disgusting, incapable of grace and impossible to tolerate...

February 18, 2012 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher
Flick Filosopher

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February 17, 2012 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses
Movies for the Masses

The good news is that Sandler is marginally better in drag than he is playing himself.

February 10, 2012 Full Review Source: Birmingham Mail
Birmingham Mail

Why not go to your nearest hardware store, exchange your admission fee for a pot of emulsion, and watch that dry instead?

February 8, 2012 Full Review Source: Sky Movies
Sky Movies

It could easily have been a single-joke poster shot in a deleted scene from Funny People. Only it is less funny and less interesting.

February 8, 2012 Full Review Source: Guardian
Guardian

The worst representation of Jews on screen since Jud S.

February 6, 2012 Full Review Source: The Ooh Tray | Comments (4)
The Ooh Tray

Dennis Dugan's film mixes slapstick and jokes about diarrhoea.

February 3, 2012 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

Amazingly, Jack And Jill is even lousier than I feared it would be.

February 2, 2012 Full Review Source: Daily Mail [UK]
Daily Mail [UK]

Sandler's brash, unpretentious and unsubtle family comedy might be more enjoyable if it wasn't so mean.

January 23, 2012 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

a film that may be remembered as one of the worst of the Wedding Singer actor's career.

January 4, 2012 Full Review Source: The National | Comment (1)
The National

So unforgivably, soul-destroying bad it'll have you wishing Pacino had made Righteous Kill 2 instead.

December 31, 2011 Full Review Source: What Culture
What Culture

Why, Al Pacino, why?

December 28, 2011 Full Review Source: Star-Democrat (Easton, MD) | Comments (3)
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)

How much did they pay Pacino to do this? Four million dollars? Ten million? Who knows. But let's be very clear straight up: this is not Pacino's Being John Malkovich.

December 7, 2011 Full Review Source: ABC Radio (Australia)
ABC Radio (Australia)

Audience Reviews for Jack and Jill

What is something I can say that has absolutely no negative connotation connected to it? This...exists. A painful, idiotic ploy to get more money with zero effort, Sandler has certainly gone off the deep end with this egomaniac venture. (I prefer not to call this a film, as that would be recognizing it as a form of artistic expression, which would be misleading.) We all understand that this had little to no comedy involved, but worse than that the plot is nonexistent. There are no stakes, no climax or even a plausible ending. Really it's a man and himself, dressed in drag, fighting with one another. The jokes are really juvenile with no buildup or even start, because it's oh it's funny because she's old. Oh, it's funny because she's fat. (RedLetterMedia) Then, for no reason whatsoever, you have a long cameo from Al Pacino, a man who hasn't put in a bad performance, possibly in his entire life. What's good is that Pacino actually gives the best reason to see this, and that is him being a overexaggerated and eccentric version of himself. There's also a minor and not too original Mexican character named Felipe, played by Eugenio Derbez, who has the same quirky likeability as many of Sandler's original films. Still, there is no heart, no humor, or even effort put into this and I would love to hear him take some responsibility for his films again. I thought Grown Ups at least knew what it was and had a lot of talented people involved to make up for some of its flaws. This movie didn't surprise me because he had building up to it with atrocious choices. Funny People and Spanglish were his last best films, and it hasn't been since the early two thousands that he has made a goofy comedy that worked. Just awful, but at least I watched it at no cost to myself.
July 25, 2012
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I was anticipating bad, I was anticipating outlandishly bad, but nothing can prepare you for how stunning and jaw-droppingly awful Adam Sandler's reported comedy Jack and Jill truly is. The movie swept the Razzie Awards in all categories this year, a historic feat. Sandler plays a rich ad exec and his braying, boorish twin sister, who Al Pacino, in a strangely committed performance as himself, falls in love with for no discernable reason. I've seen my fair share of craptacular cinema, and yet this movie is bad on a rarely seen level of human tragedy; it feels like the movie came from a different dimension, where they had no concepts of human relations, reactions, expectations, or senses of humor. It feels like you're watching a cultural artifact of a civilization in decline. I haven't been a fan of Sandler's brand of naughty-yet-safe humor for a while, but this movie is weirdly cruel to all sorts of people, like Mexicans, atheists, adopted kids, Jews, and human beings with working senses of humor. The quality of comedy includes gems like, "Play twister with your sister," and, "These chimichangas are making a run for the border." The rampant and nakedly transparent product placement for Carnival Cruise and Dunkin' Donuts is obscene. This is a charmless, witless film, and when it tries to wring actual emotion out of its daft scenario, the whole enterprise just implodes. Jack and Jill is so odious, torturous, reprehensibly bad that it feels like one of the joke movies that Sandler made in 2009's Funny People. You feel like the entire movie is one long joke put on by a contemptuous Sandler. I think my good pal Eric Muller had it right; we're on the tail end of Sandler's deal with the devil. Jack and Jill is why the terrorists hate us.

Nate's Grade: F
June 26, 2012
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Nate Zoebl

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I don't think it would be a shock to anyone that this is a really bad movie. It looks awful, I only watched it to see just what level of awful.
Pretty much it is Adam Sandler in drag playing his own twin sister. He is a horrible woman. He is unattractive enough as a man, so slap a dress on him and you get the idea! Totally unconvincing with a shrill "girl" voice (also unconvincing). Seriously, it is like he didn't even try to pass as a woman.
Having said that, it is watchable, in a crap movie kind of way. Certainly was an improvement on "Grown Ups" (but that's really not saying a whole lot). I don't know why I even keep watching his movies. I guess I keep hoping for another The Wedding Singer or Punch Drunk Love. (I can keep looking, obviously wasn't too likely to find it here!).
Katie Holmes plays his wife. She looks like his daughter.
June 8, 2012
romy861

Super Reviewer

Worst movie ever!!!!
May 10, 2012
Anatoliy Dudaev

Super Reviewer

    1. Jill Sadelstein: [to Otto] You don't look homeless to me, you're fat! You're Al Quida!
    – Submitted by Jed G (21 months ago)
    1. Jill Sadelstein: Mom always said it's better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it.
    – Submitted by Mary M (2 years ago)
    1. Jill Sadelstein: WHERE WERE YOU?
    – Submitted by Mary M (2 years ago)
    1. Jill Sadelstein: Are you going bald?
    2. Jack Sadelstein: Huh?
    3. Jill Sadelstein: No, no, no, no, you're getting fatter, and your hair doesn't realize it needs to cover more face.
    4. Jack Sadelstein: Okay.
    – Submitted by Jed G (2 years ago)
    1. Jack Sadelstein: [Jill is in the bathroom] Hey Jill, can I talk to you for a second?
    2. Jill Sadelstein: No! My bags are packed and there's nothing left to... [farts] say! [farts again] I spent the day at Felipe's picnic where I finally felt welcome. [farts again] By everybody! I tried to serve food for the very first time! [farts again]
    3. Jack Sadelstein: I'm guessing Mexican?
    4. Jill Sadelstein: Yes, Mexican, Mr. Food Detector! [farts again] At Felipe's! [farts again, very loudly]
    5. Jack Sadelstein: What, is Evel Knievel doing wheelies in there?
    – Submitted by Jed G (2 years ago)
    1. Jill Sadelstein: [whispering] He's homeless, right? He seems clean, but you should put one of those toilet seat protectors underneath him to make sure he doesn't ruin the chair.
    2. Jack Sadelstein: Are you whispering with a bullhorn or something? Everybody hears you.
    3. Jill Sadelstein: No, they can't, Mr. Hearing Expert.
    – Submitted by Mikhael M (2 years ago)
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