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Running Time:
1 hour, 38 minutes

Rating: PG-13 Parents Strongly Cautioned.

Rating Explanation:
for language, crude and sex-related humor, and some drug references

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
Mix "Back to the Future" "A Christmas Carol," and elements of "It's a Wonderful Life" and you've got one more not so funny, over-the-top, Adam Sandler comedy.

Additional Info:
DVD Features: Deleted scenes; Fine Cookin' featurette - additional "Fat Suit" footage; Make Me Old and Fat featurette - behind-the-scenes of the make-up effects; FX of Click - a look at the special effects.



Click
In Dicken's "A Christmas Carol" it was a miser who lacked humanity. In "Click" it’s a workaholic architect Michael (Adam Sandler) who sacrifices his family for his ambition. Instead of three ghosts, there is Christopher Walken ("Catch Me If You Can") as a crazed inventor who manages to help Michael change his life with a universal remote gadget. Walken seems to be playing in a movie that's only tangentially related to the one in which Sandler is appearing. Walken's feisty buoyancy makes him a character from a much happier place.

The rest of the film directed by Frank Coraci ("The Waterboy" and The Wedding Singer") is an uneasy mix of sloppy sentiment and genuine mean-spiritedness. Michael Newman (Sandler) is a harried associate working for an upscale architectural concern run by David Hasselhof, is hoping to make partner and hit the financial jackpot, so he does things like miss swim meets and cancel family trips at the last minute, leaving the work of raising his two adorable kids Ben and Samantha (Joseph Castanon and Tatum McCann) to his beautiful wife (Kate Beckinsale "Pearl Harbor").

They squabble a lot about the way things are, but Michael is convinced that once he’s promoted, it will all be worth it for him and for his family. And in the meantime, he gets by swigging cough syrup for a nagging cough, being inordinately amused by teasing the neighbor’s kid, and scarfing down snack cakes while watching his dog bond inappropriately with a large plush duck. Late one night, after being stumped yet again by the array of remotes in his house (ceiling fan, television, garage, toy helicopter), he goes shopping at the only place still open (Bed, Bath, and Beyond), to find a universal remote. Not finding it in bed or in bath, he stumbles across beyond, the domain of Morty (Walken), a wild-haired eccentric, who offers him exactly what he wants with the warning that it can’t be returned. Michael soon discovers that hitting pause, doesn’t just pause the video he’s watching, it also pauses his wife. Hitting mute spares him the ranting of his wife’s best friend (Jennifer Coolidge "Shrek 2"), hitting fast-forward saves him having to deal with traffic, and by hitting the next chapter option, he skips ahead through dull family dinners with his wife, kids, and parents (Henry Winkler and Julie Kavner). The menu key even lets him take a peek at his past. Sandler manages to include all his usual comic shtick, from an extensive fart in his boss’ face after hitting the pause button, to zooming in on bosoms (not his wife’s) after hitting the slow-motion option.

There is nothing to liven up the generic lesson that Michael learns the hard way about what he’s missing. No surprises in the way the sappiness and sophomoric humor ooze across the screen. There is, however, a melodramic rain-soaked sequence at one point that's so corny that even the punch line that never comes wouldn’t have helped make any sense of it. Starting with a bunch of lowbrow "Waterboy" gags in the first third, moving on to the moralizing of "A Christmas Carol" in its near-unendurable middle section "Click" finally devolves into a misbegotten version of "It's a Wonderful Life." Would that it were half as entertaining as any of them.






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