Review: “Jack and Jill” is worst movie of 2011November 11th, 2011 at 12:01 am by Laff at the Movies under Entertainment
I’m embarrassed to say I laughed during the screening of “Jack and Jill”. While it was a joke intended to make the audience laugh… most of my laughs during the screening were at the movie’s absurd stupidity, not the jokes that were planned by the writer, director, and actors.
I know there are 7 weeks left in the year, but this movie easily passed “Zookeeper” and “Bad Teacher” as the worst movie of 2011, it even makes “Just Go With It” - Sandler’s other poorly reviewed 2011 movie – look pretty good.
(My spoiler-free review)
Sadly, “Jack and Jill” will make money at the box office, and although many of you will disagree with my assesment… this movie is a thief. As Merriam-Webster defines, thief is “one that steals especially stealthily or secretly”. Sure, its rated PG and looks like a family fun kind of movie, but there are plenty of crude adult references and themes (even right infront of the child actors) plus a lot of bathroom humor and the parents are not exactly models of great parenting. But you’ll go in groups moms and dads with kids and friends and relatives… and help this movie bring in the dollars.
But here’s why you shouldn’t waste your time and your money:
Adam Sandler plays both twins Jack and Jill. Jack is similar to roles we’ve seen him play before, but Jill is obnoxious and annoying – Sandler talks in this feminine mush-mouth voice for most of the movie, but seems to forget his “Jill” accent in one scene. Jill isn’t just annoying to her twin brother, she’s annoying to watch – the “Jill” costume is distracting - its basically Sandler in drag, not a woman who looks like his twin…. its like a bad 1980′s body switch movie or bad undercover costume, where the audience can’t get past how ridiculous it is. Also, its obvious that “Jack” and “Jill”‘s scenes were not filmed together.
Katie Holmes is a character – like many others in the movie – that are not developed, we barely know anything about her, or the people they’re having Thanksgiving dinner with, or what exactly Sandler’s job is, or what the people that he works with do. Jack and Jill have a backstory, but its mostly told through two different montages in the beginning of the movie. And these two characters are the only ones that really get any character development. Watching this movie was like watching the leftovers from years of comedy writing and scraps of Saturday Night Live skits that didn’t make the cut … most of the jokes were either not funny or very predictable. The jokes were bland, pedestrian, crude, dumb, and forced. The few times I did laugh, it was weak bathroom humor – low brow stuff – appealing mostly to the lowest common denominator. I laughed more at how bad the movie was than the jokes the filmmakers wanted me to laugh about.
There are a lot of holes in the story and some weak production values, the sets and wardrobe were weak, and the acting was an example of what not to do in acting class.
Al Pacino was completely committed to the role of playing a crazy version of himself… but other than a paycheck what is he doing in this movie? That’s not to say his character was confusing, its confusing why a talented actor would go to such great lengths to stoop to such a low level movie project. The Oscar winner (also nominated 7 times) is an odd character in this movie, who proves he can act, but this role is wierd and almost a mockery of his talent. It was as if the filmmakers wanted to see how far they could get Pacino to go over-the-top and doing a caraciture of himself. The seasoned actor did everything they asked and still held onto his title as the best actor in this cast.
Forget the main cast, this is a lowlight for the career of most of the supporting cast as well: Regis Philbin and Drew Carey have goofy cameos as themselves, Norm MacDonald has a small role that doesn’t take advantage of his talents, Dana Carvey is on screen for only about 30 seconds, and David Spade plays a trashy “jersey shore”-esque woman.
Only Sandler’s son in the movie “Gary”, played by Rohan Chand and Jill’s bird “Poopsie” deserve any praise.
THE BOTTOM LINE:
“Jack and Jill” is absurd and obnoxious, one of the worst of 2011, I give it 3.0 out of 10. If you want a good family movie, go see “Puss in Boots” and save yourself from wasting 90 minutes and $20 bucks.
“Jack and Jill”
(2011) (rated: PG for crude and sexual humor, language, comic violence and brief smoking)
(1 hr, 31 min)
Starring: Adam Sandler, Katie Holmes, Al Pacino, David Spade, Nick Swardson, Tim Meadows, Norm MacDonald, Dana Carvey
Director: Dennis Dugan ["Just Go With It" (2011), "Grown Ups" (2010), "You Don't Mess with the Zohan" (2008), "I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry" (2007), "The Benchwarmers" (2006), "Big Daddy" (1999), "Happy Gilmore" (1996)]
The Plot: Family guy Jack Sadelstein prepares for the annual event he dreads: the Thanksgiving visit of his identical twin sister, the needy and passive-aggressive Jill, who then refuses to leave.
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“Jack and Jill” poster and photo courtesy Columbia Pictures
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