Friday, November 11, 2011
Jack and Jill
Adam Sandler is up to his regular shenanigans again, but this time you get twice the stupidity for your hard earned dollars because he plays brother and sister twins! Now I ask you, is there any possible way a movie with that premise couldn't suck? And an even better question is, what compromising photos does Sandler have of Columbia Pictures executives to make them greenlight this obvious disaster?
Well, here's the premise: Adam Sandler plays Jack, a successful commercial director who has it all, including a beautiful wife, played by Katie Holmes, two precocious kids, and an amazing home. But he has two problems. One is his annoying and clingy twin sister, Jill. And the other is that his biggest client, Dunkin Donuts, wants him to get Al Pacino to appear in their commercial. Well, fortunately for Jack, Pacino takes a liking to his sister, and then zany comedy ensues. Or it least a few fart jokes. And, to paraphrase a line from Sandler's 'Billy Madison', we are all dumber having seen this film.
Ever since the brilliant talk show spoof, 'The Larry Sanders Show', it has been a rite of passage for actors to play themselves in an unfavorable light. A shining example of this is Neil Patrick Harris in the 'Harold & Kumar' films. Pure brilliance. But somebody really needs to advise Mr. Pacino about picking and choosing his moments. This was not the right one for him. I could actually see his legacy fade as I watched him fawn over Sandler in lipstick and a dress, and a single tear rolled down my cheek. But back to the man responsible for this insult to our intelligence. When 'Zookeeper', which was produced by Sandler, was released earlier this year I made a new rule that Kevin James must stop starring in films, and Sandler must stop enabling him by producing them, and preferably stop starring in them himself. I stand by that rule, but I now amend it to also include Al Pacino. HOOOO-AAAHHH!