Jack and Jill
I like Adam Sandler as a comedy star. His movies may not be have the highest degree of intelligence, but he’s made quite a number that actually managed to make me laugh. His last couple of movies, however, have been going downhill and if a comedy actor starts taking on two or more roles in the same movie, you can bet it ain’t gonna be pretty. And the same applies for Jack and Jill.
Sandler plays Jack Sadelstein, successful advertising executive who lives in Los Angeles together with his wife Erin (Katie Holmes) and kids Sofia and Gary. Thanksgiving is coming up, and Jack’s worst period of the year is about to begin as each year around Thanksgiving, his annoying sister Jill (Sandler again) visits for a while. This year, however, things will be slightly different… Not only has Jill decided to stay longer than previous years, Jack is also having issues with his company as one of his biggest clients insists to have none other than Al Pacino starring in a commercial for them. When Pacino for some unknown reason suddenly gets the hots for Jill, however, Jack believes he can make the best out of an incredibly bad situation…
So… that’s the story and you can imagine what you’ll get to see, but if you don’t, let me tell you: Sandler goes from one unfunny situation to the next and we’re wondering how bad the financials of Al Pacino must be that he agreed to play in this crappy comedy. Holmes is present in the movie, but that’s about all you can say about her role as Sandler’s wife. She does little more than be the understanding and arbitrating wife which isn’t anything to laugh about either. In all honesty, there was only one scene in the entire movie whereby something resembling a smile suddenly appeared on my face and that’s when a Mexican grandmother got beaten to hell by Sandler’s female side. Yes, a stupid joke like that can make me laugh when I’m watching a movie this bad.
Sony delivers the Blu-ray with image quality that tends to have fluctuating sharpness and detail. The sound has decent dialogues, but for the rest it’s nothing to write home about as effects and music are plain flat and the rears as well as the subwoofer are rarely used. The extras aren’t much better as they include deleted scenes, bloopers, more bloopers, and ad for the Royal Caribbean Cruise line, a roundup of Sandler’s famous friends who appear in the movie, and a set tour with Regis Philbin. As boring as the movie.
Jack and Jill is filled with two times Adam Sandler, Katie Holmes, Al Pacino, Johnny Depp, Drew Carey, Regis Philbin, Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O’Neil, Norm MacDonald, Michael Irvin, John McEnroe and more famous stars and all of them together still didn’t manage to make a good movie. In fact, all of them together did manage to make one of the worst comedies I’ve seen in years.