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22 February 2012

Jack and Jill (2011)

Directed by: Dennis Dugan


Written by: Robert Smigel, Steve Koren, Adam Sandler


Starring: Adam Sandler, Al Pacino


Genre: Comedy Romance
Colour, 88 Minutes


Well, I did not expect anything good so here it goes. Jack and Jill is the same Adam Sandler shtick that will be found funny only by the Sandler fan base. If you like one, you are likely to enjoy them all. Frankly, I do not find Sandler’s films very funny, with most being immature and badly made. This one in particular has a bit of heart, but not the talent, originality or entertainment factor. With all the terrible jokes, puns and attempts to make the audience laugh, this lifeless film will bore and anger you.


Jack Sadelstein (Adam Sandler), a successful advertising executive in Los Angeles with a beautiful wife and kids, 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. Sound interesting? Well, it isn’t.

The first thing that annoyed me where the performances: this film is “Adam Sandler as Adam Sandler, with, Adam Sandler”. The performances given by him were not horrible, but they were bland and share characterisation with previous roles. We see Sandler act as his usual self, but also being a female character as he cross-dresses- one of the most annoying aspects of the film. The acting was stale at all times.

I hope cross-dressing does not become a trend in cinema. First, we had Big Momma, (which spawned two terrible sequels), Norbit then we even have She’s The Man in 2006. In 1959, when Billy Wilder made Some Like It Hot, cross-dressing was funny, but now, it is just mediocre and not very funny at all. Not to mention the crappy gags places everywhere. The three writers responsible for such a terrible screenplay are Sandler, Steve Koren and Robert Smigel, who definitely create an unimpressive (or amusing) story. The director Dennis Dugan is inexcusable for his attempt to control a film while making a messy job of it.

The script was not completely terrible. The story seems alright (despite being tacky and unoriginal) as it follows two twins, with one disliking the other and soon learning how much they actually care about the other. However, the film did not seem to develop very well and seemed quite flat and short as it reaches the end. The film squanders through as it follows the twins messily, not showing much happening other than a bunch of misplaced jokes and desperate humour.

One thing the film is definitely unforgivable for is it is featuring of Al Pacino as himself. Pacino was probably the best thing about this film and actually managed to make me chuckle (a little). However, I have some questions. 1) Why Pacino why? 2) Why Sandler why? Sandler working with someone of Pacino’s stature is preposterous and offensive. I do not know what was going on with casting, but I think it might have been to sell the movie as I myself, only watched this to see what they did with Pacino.

What does this film do you to you? A part of you dies inside. It is a few days after my viewing of this film and it still agitates me. It is simple as the film is unbelievably stupid on both a comical and story level. I would not recommend this even just to insult it as I did. Avoid Jack & Jill, the cinema stinker that will leave even those with the lowest of comedic standards bored.  But most of all, please do not contribute to this films profit by seeing it in cinemas.

Verdict: Though, now my expectations of any Sandler films are diminished, it is another comedy with that fails to even create a chuckle of laughter with its bland acting, deadpan jokes and immature flare of humour.

Watch the trailer if you dare

Rating: 2/10


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Age Certificate: PG
Country: USA
Language: English

6 comments:

  1. It's a true shame that there were some people that actually liked this film (Looking at you mainstream America). Great review man!

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  2. It does indeed suck, but it’s not the worst movie ever made even though it probably is one of the biggest low-points in Pacino and Sandler's careers. Good review of an otherwise utterly crappy flick.

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  3. Far from the worst, but still very bland and annoying.

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  4. Only you could find some positives in a film like this. Good review though.

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  5. I don't really like most of Adam Sandler's movie but I must agree that this one's really annoying.

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  6. Glad you think so haha.

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