Despite my best intentions (and whatever you may think, I do only view and review movies with the best intentions), I couldn’t help approaching Jack And Jill with a sense of apprehension/dread. I defy anyone who saw the trailer to not share those feelings. It looked like the worst movie Adam Sandler ever made. And, despite the fact that I’m a bit of an Adam Sandler fan, even I know that that’s quite a damning statement.
The story is horrible. Adam Sandler plays a man trying to survive a visit from his twin sister (Adam Sandler, of course) while also trying to persuade Al Pacino (played by Al Pacino) to slum it in an advert for Dunkin’ Donuts. Katie Holmes plays Sandler’s wife and, to add insult to injury, there’s yet another random cameo appearance from John McEnroe (who has now, by my count, appeared in FOUR Adam Sandler movies – which is four too many).
I can’t actually sit here and say that Jack And Jill isn’t as horrible as you think it will be. It’s awful. Yet I also can’t actually sit here and say that it’s the worst thing I’ve ever seen. It’s not even the worst comedy that I’ve ever seen and, please don’t judge me, I laughed at a couple of the jokes that managed to occur outside the central bickering between the twins. A cameo from the ever-cool Johnny Depp made me chuckle and the support from Nick Swardson and Tim Meadows was appreciated.
Katie Holmes even does okay. She’s not great but you have to feel sorry for her. In fact, when you begin to wonder just why she would be drawn to the role of a fretting wife with a husband being driven mad by the actions of his well-meaning sister then you realise that . . . . . . . . . . . . you have to cease such speculation immediately in an effort to avoid any threatened legal action*.
Adam Sandler, on the other hand, has used up all of his sympathy a long time ago. It’s one thing to make movies that you find funny and hope others enjoy but it’s another thing altogether to make movies on some kind of horrifying “circle jerk” basis – getting some money for yourself and your mates while following every silly whim that you have. That seems to be how Sandler’s career path has been going of late and I hope he snaps out of it soon. This is coming from someone who thought You Don’t Mess With The Zohan was very funny.
I’m not going to say much about Al Pacino in the hope that my memory will soon cloud over and allow me to forget that he was ever in this.
Sandler also gets the blame for the screenplay too, written with Steve Koren, so I’d have to recommend that he stops writing his own stuff for a while or at least moves away from the guiding hand of director Dennis Dugan. Does Dugan just go along with the on-set laughs and forget how to make a movie for the paying audience members? I suspect so.
For anyone who hates Sandler, take two points off my rating. For everyone else, this is probably just about right for a movie that’s pretty awful a lot of the time while still providing a few minor giggles.
*No, really, it was just a joke, honestly, I swear, funny haha, see?
DIRECTOR: DENNIS DUGAN
WRITER: STEVE KOREN, ADAM SANDLER
STARS: ADAM SANDLER, KATIE HOLMES, AL PACINO, EUGENIO DERBEZ, NICK SWARDSON, TIM MEADOWS, ELODIE TOUGNE, ROHAN CHAND
RUNTIME: 91 MINS APPROX