is a high-concept, low-brow variation on It's a Wonderful Life
that will have Adam Sandler fans laughing even as it leaves Frank Capra spinning in his grave. In their third collaboration (after The Wedding Singer
and The Waterboy
, Sandler and director Frank Coraci aim at the lowest common denominator and consistently hit their target, from scary casting (David Hasselhoff as Sandler's shallow, sexist boss; Sean Astin in a tight red Speedo) to a rancid menu of fart jokes, fat jokes, over-sexed dogs, and other attempts at humor that rarely rise above the level of grade-school pranks. Sandler's "family comes first" sentiment somehow manages to survive the onslaught of rude, crude attitude that Sandler brings to his role as Michael Newman, a workaholic architect who learns the hard way that, well, family comes first. This happens after Newman gets a magical remote control from Morty (Christopher Walken, the film's one and only highlight), an eccentric oddball in the "Beyond" section of a Bed, Bath & Beyond store who's a devillish version of Wonderful Life's benevolent guardian angel. But Sandler's no James Stewart as he uses his techno-marvel (complete with a DVD-like "life menu") to fast-forward through his life's most unpleasant moments, only to realize that he's been missing lots of good stuff, too. With Kate Beckinsale as Newman's neglected wife, impressive older-age make-ups by Rick Baker and a lot of digital wizardry to beef up the humour, Click
won't disappoint Sandler's established fan base, and its $40 million opening weekend offered ample proof that Sandler's box-office clout remains remarkably consistent.--Jeff Shannon, Amazon.com
Comedy starring Adam Sandler. Michael Newman (Sandler) is married to the beautiful Donna (Kate Beckinsale) with two terrific kids, Ben (Joseph Castanon) and Samantha (Tatum McCann). But he doesn't get to see them much because he's putting in long, hard hours at his architectural firm in the elusive hope that his ungrateful boss (David Hasselhoff) will one day recognise his invaluable contribution and make him a partner. When a frustrating bout with the television remote leads the overworked husband and father to a nearby store, '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.
Directed by Frank Coraci (The Wedding Singer, The Waterboy), Click is about more than how much fun it would be to fast-forward through all of the boring and unpleasant parts of life. Instead, it reinforces the importance of making time for the most important things in life, with family at the top of the list. Overworked Michael Newman (Adam Sandler) just can't catch a break. His boss (David Hasselhoff) doesn't want to hear that he has family commitments, and his family is upset that he never has time for them. Michael might be doing the right thing in order to get ahead, but his wife, Donna (Kate Beckinsale), and children feel neglected. His breaking point: the multitude of remote controls in the house are driving him nuts, and Michael ventures out late one evening in search of a universal remote control to simplify his life.
His quest leads him to the back room at Bed, Bath & Beyond and Morty (Christopher Walken), the archetypical mad scientist with wild hair, a bowtie, and zany glasses. Michael returns home armed with a top-of-the-line universal remote, but soon realises that it does more than control the household appliances: the new remote actually works on time and people. With a click, Michael finds himself fast-forwarding through fights with his wife, muting her irritating best friend, and changing the volume of his dog's bark. He's even able to return to scenes from his past complete with commentary. But when his life begins fast-forwarding out of control, Michael begins to understand the importance of spending time with the people you love, being invested in your life, and living every day to the fullest. Sandler is likable as Michael, and Walker is simultaneously dorky and creepy as Morty.