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Good performances by two talented entertainers
on 19 January 2007
The two central peformances are the only real reason for watching this film. Sandler is endearing and Nicholson is in his most showy mode. His performance is reminiscent of Daryl Van Horn fom The Witches of Eastwick (1987). This is not great acting, but it is the work of two talented entertainers.
Some scenes in the film are very good indeed. The scene on the bridge in which Nicholson gets Sandler to sing 'I Feel Pretty', then starts singing along with him, is hilarious. Nicholson hasn't sung like this since Tommy (1975)! The sight of Heather Graham in a bikini stuffing her face with chocolate whilst screaming like someone possessed is also funny. One scene, in which Nicholson is simply laughing at a funny film on an aeroplane whilst wearing a headset, gets by merely on performance alone. In the hands of a lesser actor this scene would be instantly forgettable.
Unfortunately, most of the jokes fall flat, and the story, in its sheer lunacy, is unengaging.