Jack and Jill Reviews
Nate's Grade: F
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.
Production budget: $79 Million
Total gross as of Feb. 12, 2012: $73,837,886
The cold hard fact that they're losing money on this pile of s**t: Priceless!
Not that great. This is probably one of the worst Adam Sandler movies of his career. Yes it's funny a few times but you can count them with your hand. The plot is just dumb and stupid and really doesn't bring anything new to the movie industry that you haven't seen before. Watch it if you want but you've warned!
Jack Sadelstein (Adam Sandler) is a successful advertising executive in Los Angeles with a beautiful wife (Katie Holmes) 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.
Talk about shovelling the shit Jesus! there was a time when Sandler was quite amusing and his films about standing up for the average Joe's whilst playing the typical everyman were fun, but that was along time ago. His childish toilet humour now seems completely redundant and boring and this film really is a prime example of how basic and pathetic his films now appear. Sandler plays himself (as usual) and his twin sister who also (surprisingly) turns out to be kinda like every other character Sandler has played, that's all you need to know.
There is completely nothing here I can be positive about, its utter tripe from start to finish much like Martin Lawrence's 'Big Momma' 'comedy' films. What I can't believe is why Johnny Depp and Al Pacino would wanna star in a film like this for, its not like they need the work.
The 'plot' (and I use that term very loosely) centers around Jack Sadelstein (Adam Sandler), a successful ad executive who is living a perfect life with his wife Erin (Katie Holmes) and their two kids. However, there is one time each year that Jack dreads. That is when his twin sister Jill (also played by Sandler) comes to visit. And that's about it. There really is no plot to this movie other than some minor points to keep things going. It's just scene after scene that in a way don't serve any purpose in the movie. It's like with Grown Ups last year, but here's the main difference between these two films... Grown Ups was actually funny. It still is my pick for the funniest film of 2010. This... isn't.
It is really hard for me to find anything good about this film. Really the only saving grace of this movie is Al Pacino, who plays a fictionalized version of himself who falls for Jill. That's about it. I'm serious when I say that this was effing awful. Usually when it comes to Sandler films, they're usually funny. I'm serious when I say that this was the first time I did not laugh once at all. It's at this point where Adam Sandler should seriously consider moving away from Happy Madison Productions. If he doesn't decide to do that, he needs to get better writers and a better director (ditch this Dennis Dugan guy). Don't see this movie... believe me, you'll thank me for it.
The soundtrack is as underused in this HM production as ever, but when it does kick on, it has that usual sharp Happy Madison taste, that horrible song at a montage sequence towards the end notwithstanding. Sure, this soundtrack may still run to too many overly familiar classic hits, and doesn't even come back with the best haul it could have had, but it still entertains for the brief moments it's on. Still, what wakes you up the most is the occasional effective joke, and I know that sounds as though I'm really reaching to pull out just a few chuckle-worthies, but really, in all honesty, when this film hits, it hits pretty darn hard. Sure, like other HM productions, those effective jokes are far and few between, with this film having particularly weak fall-flats in the middle of it all, but when the film really does hit with an effective joke, on average, those jokes are just as, if not better than some of the best jokes in recent Happy Madison productions. True, that's barely saying anything, but it remains to be said that this film will ever so occasionally hit unexpectedly hard and wake you up, which is good, because when there are no relatively good jokes, this film is a snoozefest. No, it's not that bad, but really, outside of the aforementioned, this film has absolutely nothing going for it, and sure, there's so little going for it, that it doesn't even have enough insufferable bad to be bad, as a whole, yet there's no real oomph or memorable quality to the film, outside of those, like, four or five actually good jokes. It's just so very bland as a film, and while it stands to be worse, it is as mediocre as they come, which isn't to say that it doesn't have points that aren't simply mediocre, but full-on terrible.
Not counting the hilarious interviews with twins that actually opened (And also went on to close) it all, the film opens pretty blasted poorly, with a loosely-edited, highly overlong development segment that not only goes plagued by an unrelenting amount of fall-flat jokes, but monotonous nothingness set to a dry atmosphere, making the early parts of the film not only overlong, but just plain boring. After that, the film picks up, though not much at all, continuing to have slow spots, as well as fall-flat punchlineless jokes, while incorporating more offensive gross-out jokes, as well as other types of obnoxious fall-flats, some of which are just plain agonizingly offensive, from celebrities making cameos to humiliate themselves (Except that one bit where Shaquille O'Neal donned a wig and, in a Terry Crews gruff voice, chewed on still-packaged ham for a commercial; that was probably the funniest bit in the whole film) to Jill loudly making, what she calls, "chocolate squirties" in the bathroom. Whether it be slapstick, mugging or Adam Sandler, as the Jill character, simply yelling and Jewing out beyond belief, and yes, I know, that was ridiculously racist to say, but it's not me looking too far into Sandler's character; there are definately fairly palpable anti-semitic and even sexist undertones all throughout the film. I doubt Sandler every expected his taking advantage of his Judaism for extremely over-the-top Jew jokes - or Jewokes, for the racists out there - to get this out of hand, but as it stands, this film is absurdly offensive, which isn't to say that's the only reason why the Jill character is so unlikable, because the character is so inept, so crude, so obnoxious and even pretty cruel to most everyone that she's not simply an uncompelling lead, but a despicable one. As for Jack, I think that we can all agree that, sister or not, this cow has to get out of his hair, but the way he treats his sister and, well, everyone else is so Adam Sandler, being so cocky to the point of being unbelievable and, for that matter, unlikable as someone who should be the avatar for the audience. Needless to say, Jack and Jill should go up a hill and get thrown off, because they're so unlikable, and I would almost say intentionally so, were it not for the fact that, towards the end, the film tries to redeem them, and don't get me wrong, the broad concept behind Sandler's message is reasonably noble, but when it comes down to the heart of it all, it doesn't add up, and it doesn't help that he's already, in performance and on paper, established his leads as utterly unlikable. This film is one, big, disjointed, inconsistent and even bloated (Seriously, by the scene early in the film, in which Johnny Depp pops up with a Justin Beiber t-shirt, you're already begging them to stop it with the cameos by self-embarassing celebrities, when really, they're just getting started) mess of an obnoxious film, and sure, the film doesn't have the guts to go ahead, land the final blow and just destroy itself, yet there's so much offensiveness, nothingness and thorough underwhelmingness that, by the end, it's near-impossible to not walk away feeling some level of defeat.
In conclusion, the film has simply too little going on to even be bad, which isn't to say that a decent soundtrack and the occasional good, if not, well, admittedly pretty sharp joke don't help in keeping the film from collapsing, yet the product never really stands too firmly on its feet, taking blows from a few low spots in monotonous, slow nothingness, as well many spots in obnoxious, fall-flat humor, and it's all built around two unlikable and, at times, inconsistently handled leads, ultimately leaving "Jack and Jill" to stand as yet another underwhelming Happy Madison "effort" that, for me, doesn't really turn-off, but doesn't really deliver in countless regards.
2/5 - Mediocre