Adam Sandler Misadventure Released on DVD
For years, Michael Newman (Adam Sandler) has been putting in extra hours at
work in a desperate attempt to make partner at his L.A. architectural firm. However,
this effort comes at the expense of quality time with his family, as he tends
to be impatient with his understanding wife (Kate Beckinsale) and irritable around
Everything changes the fateful evening Michael finds himself frustrated while
trying to unwind at home after a particularly stressful day at the office. When
he can’t figure out which of their assorted remote controls will turn on
the television, he goes to the store to purchase a simplifying, all-in-one model.
At the store, he stumbles upon Morty (Christopher Walken), an otherworldly
employee who just happens to have a prototype for a new type of remote. What
Michael doesn’t know is that this device is capable of controlling the
entire universe. It enables its user to influence real-life events, by rewinding
to a past moment, pausing in the present, or fast-forwarding to sneak a peek
at what’s in store.
This is the basic premise of Click, a disappointing sci-fi adventure suspiciously
similar to Back to the Future (1985). But this crude rip-off has none of the
original’s wit, charm, humor, sophistication, emotional engagement or ultimate
satisfaction. Instead, this is another Adam Sandler vehicle where he plays that
familiar infantile character with an excuse to behave like a moron. Here, he
comes up with nothing more imaginative to do with his newfound superpowers than
to freeze bullies in order to fart in their faces or to kick them in the crotch.
Yet, we’re simultaneously supposed to believe that this revenge-minded
monster has somehow suddenly developed a sensitive side when he finally figures
out that family comes first.
Back to the Future? Back to the drawing board!
Fair (1 star)