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This latest Adam Sandler vehicle borrows shamelessly from It's A Wonderful Life and Back To The Future, and fails to produce the necessary laughs that would forgive such imitation.



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A workaholic architect, frustrated in his job but determined to make a better life for his family, is bestowed with a powerful universal remote that allows him more control over his life than he ever knew possible in director Frank Coraci's high-concept fantasy comedy. On the surface, Michael Newman (Adam Sandler) seems to have it all, yet with all the demands forced upon him by his ungrateful boss (David Hasselhoff), Michael finds that setting aside time to spend with his loving wife, Donna (Kate Beckinsale), and two picture-perfect children, Ben (Joseph Castanon) and Samantha (Tatum McCann), has grown increasingly difficult. When a frustrating bout with the television remote leads the overworked husband and father to a nearby Bed, Bath & Beyond in search of a universal remote with the power to control all of his electronic devices, a curious peek into the back room leads Michael into the company of eccentric employee and talented inventor Morty (Christopher Walken). It seems that Morty has created a device that will not only allow Michael complete control over his television and stereo, but his entire life as well. As Michael discovers that the remarkable device has the power to muffle the barks of the family dog, zoom himself past an irritating quarrel with his wife, and even allow him to travel back and forth through time to different points in his life, the rush of being able to skip straight to the good parts in life soon leaves him feeling as if he's missing out on the total experience. Only when Michael begins to realize that the he has lost control of his life and the remote is now programming him does he finally learn that life is as much about the moments he'd rather forget as it is the moments he will always remember. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi


Adam Sandler
as Michael Newman
Kate Beckinsale
as Donna Newman
Henry Winkler
as Ted Newman
Julie Kavner
as Trudy Newman
Rachel Dratch
as Alice/Alan
Joseph Castanon
as Ben Newman (age 7)
Jonah Hill
as Ben Newman (age 17)
Jake Hoffman
as Ben Newman (age 22-30)
Tatum McCann
as Samantha Newman (age 5)
Lorraine Nicholson
as Samantha Newman (age 14)
Katie Cassidy
as Samantha Newman (age 22-30)
Cameron Monaghan
as Kevin O'Doyle
Nick Swardson
as Bed, Bath & Beyond Guy
Sidney Ganis
as Dr. Bergman
Michael Yama
as Watsuhita Head Executive
Sid Ganis
as Doctor Bergman
Eiji Inoue
as Watsuhita Executive No. 1
as Watsuhita Executive
Toshi Toda
as Watsuhita Executive No. 2
Frank Coraci
as Male Nurse
George K. Eguchi
as Ancient Executive
John Pagano
as Band Leader
Emilio Cast
as Michael (age 10)
Elliot Cho
as Ping Woo
Carolyn Hennesy
as Kathy O'Doyle
as Jogger
Alan Au
as Ping Woo's Father
Elena Patten
as Samantha's Friend No. 1
Cheyenne Alexis Dean
as Samantha's Friend No. 2
Willy Goldstein
as Lakeside Camp Boy
Sally Insul
as Aunt Peggy
Lily Mo Sheen
as Lakeside Camp Girl
Carolyn Hennessey
as Kathy O'Doyle
Gary Holm
as Fat Michael Body Double
Cheyenne Dean
as Samantha's Friend
Ryan Keiser
as Firecracker Teen
Christopher Gutierrez
as Firecracker Teen
Nickole Reyes
as Firecracker Teen
Brianne Davis
as Firecracker Teen
Robert Jones
as Firecracker Teen
Manish Goyal
as Habeeboo Entourage
Marco Kahn
as Habeeboo Entourage
Ahmad Jordan
as Habeeboo Entourage
Jamil N. Hodaly
as Habeeboo Entourage
Alireza Tanbakoochi
as Habeeboo Entourage
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  • Sep 26, 2018
    I'm gonna start this review with similarly to the last one (of the absolutely awful Transformers: The Last Knight). What I mean by that is that, in the interest of fairness, I should note that I've never been a fan of Adam Sandler (much like I am not a fan of Michael Bay). I mean, also in the interest of fairness, I admit that I may have been a fan of his back when I was young and stupid. I made my mom take me to see Little Nicky. I know, I'm sorry. It's a decision I regret to this day. Regardless, as I've gotten older, I've started to see the light. Sandler has made his entire career out of playing a, supposedly, likable man-child that's immature even by man-child standards. Sandler admitted that most of his movies are, really, just paid vacations where he gets to hang out with his buddies, etc, etc, etc. Sandler has also had the misfortune in appearing in some of the worst movies I have ever seen like Jack and Jill and Grown Ups 2. His Netflix affairs, with the exception of The Week Of (which isn't good, but it's actually pretty decent), haven't been good as well. He's also solely responsible for keeping Rob Schneider in Hollywood and giving us Kevin James. So, in all, this man has just been an awful influence for comedy in Hollywood. Seriously, if it wasn't for Sandler having to need someone to portray negative racial stereotypes in his films, nobody would know who Rob Schneider is to this day. He'd be one of those long-forgotten former SNL cast members that went on to do nothing after leaving the show. But, no, thanks to Sandler, Rob Schneider actually got his own fucking series on Netflix. Seriously. Who cares enough about Rob Schneider (other than his family and friends) to be excited at the idea of a show centered around his exploits? Never mind the fact that he's an awful comedic actor. I'll shut up about Schneider, because I'll never stop if I keep going. Oh and, of course, Schneider plays a negative racial stereotype in this movie (he's the rich Arabian prince whose last name is a joke to Sandler). Sandler also got Kevin James his own stand-up special Netflix. That's all I'm going to say about that. With that said, out of every Sandler movie, this might be one of the few that I actually haven't seen and, for some reason, I was interested in it just to see if, maybe, it was better than his regular output. The answer to that is, yes, this is better than his regular output. But it's not better by much. Look, I know how this is gonna sound, but why is it that Sandler (with the exception of The Week Of, where his wife was played by Rachel Dratch) always has an incredibly hot wife? His production company is involved in almost all of these movies so, obviously, he exerts some control over casting. I'm not saying that a beautiful woman can't fall for a man that looks like Sandler, but there's something he's compensating for here. Either that or he's got a severe case of inferiority complex. Again, not saying that a beautiful woman can't fall for Sandler, but it gets to the point where it seems like he's just keeping a scorecard of all the beautiful women he's got to kiss him. That's neither here nor there, I suppose. With this movie, I understood the basic concept. I knew it was about this universal remote control that, literally, controls Michael's life. It allows him to fast forward, pause and mute his life if he wants to. He's also able to spectate his past experiences. He also has running commentary, if he so wants it, done by James Earl Jones. Look, I'm just saying, if I could have James Earl Jones narrate my life, why would I even bother LIVING my life??? The point is that I knew where this movie was gonna end up even before I hit play. I knew that Michael, a workaholic who's attempting to get a promotion to give his family a better life, would end up taking his family and wife for granted, he'd end up fast forwarding through a lot of important shit (like his kids growing up, his father and dog dying), end up regretting ever using the universal remote control and longing to go back to the days where he could spend time with his kids, wife and father. It's all very It's A Wonderful Life-y of them. And Adam Sandler is nowhere near close the actor that James Stewart was. And, realistically speaking, while there are some good moments, the whole thing feels too much like an Adam Sandler movie for it to be truly good. Sandler has to get his usual humor in whether it's to the benefit of the overall quality of the movie or not. Sandler is never going to be accused of telling good stories but, in spite of this heavily borrowing from It's A Wonderful Life, there's still something you can get out of that well-worn narrative path. As it stands, Michael's wife and his children work like nothing more as plot devices for Michael to realize how he has fucked up, how he has driven his wife to another man (years into the future) and missed his kids growing up into adults. They aren't real characters and the movie doesn't really pretend that they are anyway. Yes, Michael is obviously neglecting his wife and kids, but you don't see the effect this has. If all this is true, then his children would have a very distinctly different relationship with him than they currently do. Ha, look at me, looking for logic a movie where there is none to be found. I guess I played myself...and not in the good way. With that said, for a Sandler movie, it's not as offensively awful as one might expect. The whole bit the Rob Schneider and maybe a few other jokes aside, the movie is fairly watchable. Mind you, I said watchable. This means that I had no problem getting through it, but that doesn't mean that I thought this was a good movie. It's slightly better than most of Sandler's output (where he's clearly the lead "creative" force), but it's not a good movie. I just didn't find it that legitimately funny. There's a few moment here and there, that I can't remember right now, but there are a few, trust me. Sandler is his usual insufferable self, but he's fine in some of the more serious parts, like when he realizes how much of an ass he was to his father who, again, died when he was in a coma for six years. And, again, I say some because the movie gives in to some pretty horrible mawkish sentimentality and melodrama. Michael has a heart attack at his son's wedding. He gets taken to the hospital. He busts out and goes after his son. He tells his son, with his dying breath, as he lays on the street on an incredibly rainy night, that family comes first. Ben, his son, was heading down the same path Michael traveled, of putting his work first. He says his goodbyes, yadda, yadda, yadda and then he dies. Or does he? Spoiler alert, he doesn't, he gets sent back to modern times and he gets a second chance to fix everything he did and finally put his family above his work. Anyway, the melodrama didn't work in the slightest because no one has any real depth. Michael may as well have been apologizing to a wall. The film tries so hard to make you care. You have almost dead Michael hobbling after his son. He is so weak his legs give out and he just falls to the floor. It's raining heavily and a really sad score is playing in the background. They did absolutely everything they could to make you care and, you know what, I DIDN'T CARE. I realize that, maybe, this was the path the movie needed to take but if that IS what you wanted to do, then cast someone else other than Sandler, whose presence means that his character is immediately unlikable, or attempt to make Michael more compelling as a character. It's simple, really. So, in my opinion, the film's sentimentality is not earned. Say what you will about It's A Wonderful Life and ITS sentimentality, but at the very least it's a movie that earned it through its storytelling and performances. In here, it feels like an attempt to recreate a feeling of Capra's sentimentality and it just falls completely and utterly flat. Hey, at least we got Christopher Walken saying and doing Christopher Walking things, so we get SOME value for our buck here. With that said, this is still a watchable enough movie and better than most of what Sandler has ever put out. That's not to say it's good. It's too much of a Sandler vehicle to be a good movie. This means that we get his horrible, childish humor and (at least) one of his buddies in Schneider. Storytelling isn't great, character development for anyone other than Michael is awful and it's not good even FOR Michael, and its obvious attempts at sentimentality fall flat on its face. So, yea, can't say I liked this movie. Christopher Walken is the only legitimately good thing about this, but even he can't save this.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer
  • Mar 06, 2015
    I hate Adam Sandler and I didn't mind watching this... The first time. It's no Little Nicky though.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 05, 2013
    Adam Sandler's usual charm and antics of childish-humor and gags are displayed, but it takes a turn into the dramatic direction towards the end, which makes it hard to determined what kind of film this is. Click has its laughs, its futuristic-technology-based layouts and even its somber tones. The amount of genre-blending makes it hard to say you can laugh or cry for this movie. Regardless it makes for a fair Sandler film.
    Eugene B Super Reviewer
  • Jun 25, 2012
    'Click' is a big hit and miss for me, it is probably the only Adam Sandler film that makes me laugh, but not because of him. While Adam Sandler is constantly being humourous, the decent laughs come from Chirstopher Walken, who cracks out those rare but proper 'laugh out loud' moments. However, Adam does succeed in making a very emotional moment at a point in the film. Overall, it definetely wasn't dire, but not Sandler's best. This is one that does deserve revisiting now and then.
    Samuel R Super Reviewer

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