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Director: Frank Coraci
Writers: Steve Koren & Mark O'Keefe
Released in the UK: 29th September, 2006
Adam Sandler as Michael Newman
Kate Beckinsale as Donna Newman
Christopher Walken as Morty
Adam Sandler is known for comedy value, but this one really does pull at your heart strings as well as make you giggle. It's clever and you cannot stop watching it, it makes you think quite a lot as well.
So the film starts with Adam as a new man Michael, he spends way to much time either at work trying to get a promotion to help his family or sat on the sofa watching tv or falling asleep, it doesn't sound interesting so far I know but it does get a lot better.
Sandler portrays quite a stubborn, obsessive and frustrating character in this film. He cannot cope with his current lifestyle and wants to see if there is a way to improve his life and balance his priorities. He goes to Bed, Bath and Beyond, and asks Morty for help. Morty of course does not decline but does insist once he takes this 'life changing' remote he cannot refund it.
As Sandler fast forwards, pauses, mutes, rewinds through his actual life with this remote, things he enjoys or hated get skipped automatically as time goes on. The remote has so to speak programmed his life already. Although the film is quite comedic in parts the seriousness of his outcomes and the missed events in his life leave you feeling emotional.
The film can be laugh out loud in parts but as it comes closer and closer to the end of the film the events that happen in Adam's life become more upsetting and realisitc. It is actually a very deep film, with a truly fascinating story, this one remote changes Adam's life but not necessarily for the way viewers would hope!
This is more of a drama film then anything else with hints of comedy in parts, the comedy scenes are perfect but the sadness of the film is what most often remember,
It is one of Adam Sandler's best films and most certainly worth a watch!
Click was released onto DVD in 2006, which makes the film fairly old. However, this is a fantastic film which plays with every type of emotion.
The film starts with Michael, (Adam Sandler) who has a huge workload which is putting pressure on his relationship with his Wife and affecting his children. He flips out because he cannot find the remote to his television. In his rage he vgoes out looking for a store to purchase a universal remote control to make his life just a little bit easier. The only shop open though was Bed Bath and Beyond.
Michael searches the store, and comes across a door at the back, which he enters to find Morty (Christopher Walken) who tells Michael about a new remote they have just had in, and gives it to him free because it is not in the system.
Michael returns home to find that the remote not only turns on his TV, but can control his whole life! It can skip chapters of his life, mute people talking and even speed up boring dinners.
The film is an emotional rollercoaster, what starts out as the remote helping Michael with day to day activities turns into a hellish nightmare, where the remote has programmed itself to skip parts of Michael s life that he has previously fast forwarded, one includes making love to his wife.
The film is very sad, at the death of his father which he missed because of him being on Auto pilot. The saddest part of this film is when Michael leaves the hospital he is at because of him having a heart attack, and runs after his son to tell him simply that family comes before work.
The is a must see film that everyone should watch. It is an emotional film but lovely at the same time.
Click is the film that shows Adam Sandler really can act. It tells the story of a man frustrated with his life. Instead of appreciating what he has, he works himself to death to make a better life for him and his family, but it comes at a cost.
Tired of the mundane, he wishes he had more time to focus on his work so he can get to where he wants to be. He is always just a little bit short of pleasing his whip cracking boss, played by David Hasselhoff.
He is granted a magical remote control by a crazy inventor Morty (Christopher Walken) which allows him to pause and fast forward his life. He can even get by on auto pilot and mute so he can ignore boring family dinners with his crazy parents and arguments with his wife over spending more time working than he does with his kids.
However, the fun of this device doesn't last for long. It soon programs itself without his input. He fastforwards traffic jams when he is late, now the device makes him miss traffic jams forever.
Years of his life go by without him realising. Until one day he has lost his parents, his kids are grown up and married and no longer talk to him, and his wife has left him and married someone else.
Is it too late to go back in time and put things right?
This film is so gut wrenching. It puts everything into perspective. We all wish we could fast forward parts of our life, but this film teaches us to appreciate each and every moment. This is as funny as all of Adam Sandlers movies, but it also have a serious undertone that gives this movie more depth than anything he has ever done. If this is a tad cliche, it doesn't matter, as the acting makes it so believable and satisfying.
I was a little put off when I saw that Hasselhoff was in this movie, as I think he often plays farcical characters. But in this film, he fits perfectly and brings something different to the table.
A real must watch. 5*
I am a huge adam sandler fan and this this movie did not fail to impress, the story line is basically about an over worked family man micheal newman (adam sandler) who spends all his time working and fails to get the balance between work and family as he always opt's for work in the hope of an elusive promotion, he comes across a magic remote which enables him to control his life in a way which he thinks he is pleasing everyone by fast forwarding, rewinding and pausing parts of his everyday life. What he does not bank on is the remotes memory which starts to do these things automatically eventually causing him to be miserable and then goes on a mission to try stop the remote from taking over his whole life but in order to do this he has to right his wrongs and put his priorities in order getting a glimpse into what the future holds if he was to carry on living the way he was.
I have outlined the basic storyline so not to ruin the movie for anyone who has yet to watch this hillarious film, i laughed so much throughout the film and although i dont think this was adam sandler at his best it is still a fantastic easy to watch movie which has a bit of everything for everyone including loads of comedy, adventure, and drama.
This movie also has a serious side which in parts can be a little weepy which justifies the producers ability to draw you into the emotinal rollercoaster of the story line.
I would recommend to anyone to watch this cracking film to be taken on a journey of laughter and sadness, it contains everything you would want for a movie night and is a good all rounder, one which you could watch again and again and still find it just as good the first time you watched it.
It is rated a 12 and has some funny deleted scenes in the special features which i fully recommend you watch.
Imagine how much better your life would be if you were able to fast forward through the mundane or the unfortunate bits. What if you were able to skip past the hardships, and move straight to the good bits. Well, that offer is put on the table for Michael Newman, who is under pressure to spend more time with his family despite working towards a promotion in the architect firm that he works for.
Michael has a beautiful wife, nice home and two nice kids. However, as he tries to meet deadlines whilst not wanting to let his family down, he finds the burden increasingly impossible to take. It's at this point that he is introduced to a weird gadget guy by the name of Morty, who provides him with a remote control that promises to fix all of his problems. You see, the remote control offers Michael the chance to pause the people in his life, or fast forward through his life, or even allow him to turn up the volume on conversations that take place across the room. This all turns out to be very advantageous to Michael, as he puts each feature to good use to enhance his work and home life. However, Michael doesn't bargain on the power of the remote control, as it takes on a mind of its own.
Michael finds that he cant control which sections of his life the remote control zaps through, and finds that the parts he has missed out on have affected how his life turns out. As he begs Morty to take the remote back, he learns a valuable lesson about being careful what he wishes for. As Morty explains, the leprechaun went looking for his pot of gold, but got to the end of the rainbow and found a bowl of corn flakes. Could this be the same for Michael's life? Even when he gets everything he dreams off, the enormity of what he has had to sacrifice plays heavy on the outcome of his life.
This film, despite being a comedy in tone, teaches a valuable lesson about slowing down from the rat race and valuing what is most important. There are moments that are touching, and moments that are hysterically funny. Mostly, though Adam Sandler only recreates his role from Anger Management. He gets most of the fun material as he runs about trying to reverse the effects of his curse. Kate Beckinsale is lovely as always, but really doesn't do that much other than look confused or annoyed. There is a hilarious interaction, though, between Michael and the terror next door.
As well as Beckinsale and Sandler, there is a suitably twisted performance from the great Christopher Walken. Walken specialises in playing weird character's, and this one's no different. What's interesting about him is that his agenda seems genuine at the start, but we then start to find out more about him as the film goes on. Look out for the Fonz as well, as Henry Winkler turns up in a nice role as Sandler's magician father. Again, his is only a small role, but it's a nice part, and its always nice to have the Fonz back on the screen. Other hilarious elements of the cast include David Hasslehoff in a role that only plays to poke fun at his real life ego.
The film is directed by Frank Coraci, who is only notable for his work with Adam Sandler (he also worked on The Wedding Singer), He wheels out all the conventions of the comedy film, and also chucks a few science fiction one's. The film is completely predictable, and Coraci does nothing to elevate that. However, what this is is a slightly offbeat film with a quirky cast and a quirkier plot. The problem is largely that the film borrows elements from various other films, and skims over them without really approaching them from a different stance.
The film was released in 2006 and comes in at 98 minutes. The extra's include a commentary with the stars and the director, deleted scenes, a look at the special effects, and a few other featurette's including working with animals and the director.
This film is about Michael Newman (Adam Sandler) and his family, he is happy and has a nice home, wife Donna (Kate Bekinsdale) and kids. But the next doors seem to have everything from having a robot dog to a nice trailer holiday home; he just wants the best for his family.
After realising that he has too many remotes for everything and he can't even find the right one to switch off the TV without opening the garage door or flying a plane into his face he decides to go to the shops and find a universal remote.
The only shop he finds at this time of night that's actually open is bed, bath and beyond after some fast food he goes in to see if he can find one. After going through beyond he finds someone who can help him, he gives him a universal remote but tells him that this one is a special one and that he cannot return it. It's so new that he doesn't have to pay because they don't have it on the system.
He returns home pleased with himself, but he takes a while to work out the true uniqueness of this remote. With this remote it is possible to control time. You can rewind and see what you have already done and you can skip chapters, even change the volume of your surroundings.
Being the workaholic that he is he keeps abusing the things that this remote can do and his family life starts to suffer, as when he skips chapters he makes the most minimal amount of effort as he isn't really there. The other thing is that the remote has seemed to programme itself to fast forward When him and his wife has a argument, when he is ill and when he is about to get a promotion. He's managed to skip a year already, how long will the next skip be, is there anything that he can do about it?
I really hated this movie, being a big fan of Adam Sandler but this film is a definite no go. The whole storyline seemed a bit ridiculous to me and also the ending it just wound me up. I really felt like I wasted my life watching this movie.
The only good bit about this film is Donnas friend (Jennifer Cooliridge) she doesn't have a massive part in the film but at least its interesting.
I know, I know that this film is meant to be about morals and the fact of how much you'd miss if you fast forwarded your life but we can't really do that can we. If you know of a good way then please let me know, so that I can pause mine and get all my university work done please!
Another thing I didn't like about this film was David Hasslehoff as Michael's boss. I feel that he did really play this part very well and it could have been a lot funnier with a different actor in that position.
**Movie Review Only**
Click is a fantasy - science fiction - comedy, starring Adam Sandler, which was made in 2006.
Sandler plays Michael Newman, an over worked, under paid architect, who is desperate to be made partner in the firm he is working for. He wants more than anything, to give his family the things in life he could only dream of. In doing this though, he ends up neglecting his relationship with his wife, Donna (Kate Beckinsale) and 2 young children, Ben and Samantha.
Michael's life is very stressful and everything in it is becoming unglued. He loses his temper with the smallest of things and one of these small bugbears, is his array of remote controls. No matter what one he picks up, it's always the wrong one!
In a fit of temper, Michael decides he must own a universal remote and drives to a homeware store to buy one.
In the store, Michael meets Morty (Christopher Walken), a very odd sales assistant. Morty listens to Michael's tales of woe and offers him a 'sample' remote for free. Michael is surprised by this generous offer and is unsure whether to accept, but in the end he choses to do so.
This however is no ordinary remote!
Michael soon finds out that rather than controlling his household gadgets, this remote can actually 'help' him control his life. He is soon fast forwarding through illnesses, foreplay, boring family meals and arguments. Unfortunately for Michael, the remote control has a memory and it starts fast forwarding through these and many more of life's day to day distractions, automatically. Soon Michael finds himself not only losing control of the remote, but his life too.
Will he ever be able to stop fast forwarding and get his life back on track?
Adam Sandler - Michael Newman
Kate Beckinsale - Donna Newman
Christopher Walken - Morty, The Angel Of Death
David Hasselhoff - John Ammer
Henry Winkler - Ted
Julie Kavner - Trudy
Sean Astin - Bill
Joseph Castanon - Ben at 7 years old
Tatum McCann - Samatha at 5 years old
Jonah Hill - Ben at 17 years old
Lorraine Nicholson - Samantha at 17 years old
Jake Hoffman - Ben at 30 years old
Katie Cassidy - Samantha at 28 years old
Jennifer Coolidge - Janine
Cameron Monaghan - Kevin O'Doyle
Elliot Cho - Ping Woo
Rob Schneider - Prince Habeeboo
James Earl Jones - Narrator
I have lost count now, of the amount of times I have watched this movie.
I could empathise with Michael's character and understood his hopes and dreams for himself and his family. It is easy to see how we can all be guilty in wishing our lifes away, chasing the next promotion and pushing to achieve the next dream. Meanwhile, life itself is passing us by!
Understandably, the formula for this movie has been used before, as it works very well. It is quite thought provoking, especially for a comedy. I have to admit that there are a couple of scenes when a tear comes to my eye and I am not a particularly emotion person!
The movie has a 12 certificate and contains strong language and moderate sex and drug references.
It runs for approx. 1 hour 43 minutes.
If you haven't watched this, I would recommend you give it a go. It really is worth viewing.
Perhaps it is the curious voyeur in me, but I am often drawn to circumstances where I expect people to be thrown far outside of their comfort zones. Sometimes in films the result is an absolute train wreck such as Paris Hilton in errrm, well anything, she's ever been in. Even veteran actors can sometimes make really bad artistic decisions in the films they choose - Robin Williams in Patch Adams anyone? Yet sometimes the result is surprising and astounding, leaving your preconceptions shattered.
When I first saw the trailer for Click, I thought that the film would be your standard Adam Sandler affair, goofball comedy high jinks with a plotline thinner than Victoria Beckham's arms. I'm not knocking these types of movies, there is a time and a place for these films and they can be very enjoyable. Happy Gilmore for instance is one of my all time favourite movies and perfect for a Sunday hangover day when my brain is still drenched in alcohol from the night before. The trailer for the movie really does focus on the comedic elements of the film and if you are not a fan of Adam Sandler-type movies you may well have decided to give this one a miss.
It was only by chance that I happened upon a synopsis for Click on the internet and it captured my imagination. From reading the reviews it seemed Click might not only have something of a storyline, but Sandler may also be putting in a credible acting performance. I was intrigued.
I managed to pick up a copy in my local ASDA for £3, put it in the DVD player and sat back really unsure about what to expect.
The story follows the struggle of architect Michael Newman (Sandler) as he tries hard to balance work and family life - with work usually coming out on top. At home he has 2 adorable children and a beautiful wife (Kate Beckinsale) and the family home is completed by the duck-humping retriever, Sundance.
At work we meet his egotistical, sexist boss - played by David Hasselhoff - who Michael hopes will one day recognise his efforts and promote him to partner.
One evening Michael, exasperated by not even being able to figure out which remote turns on the television, sets out to the shops to buy himself a universal remote control. He goes to Bed, Bath and Beyond as this is the only store that's open and meets the eccentric employee Morty (Christopher Walken). Morty gives Michael and experimental one-of-a-kind gadget that he insists will change Michael's life by making him the master of his universe.
Soon Michael is muting the dog, fast forwarding through arguments and skipping through traffic on his way to the office. But what he doesn't realise is that the remote is learning to adapt to his behaviour and soon it is making the decisions for him and Michael is losing control over which parts of his life he will experience and which parts will be skipped.
The movie gets off to a good start with plenty of gags that will please ardent Adam Sandler fans. Fart jokes, dogs humping things, visual comedy - admittedly puerile, but appealing to my inner child and I found myself chuckling on numerous occasions. This is stereotypical Sandler and an area where I feel that, other Jim Carey, he is unrivalled. The script is actually quite good and the jokes are shared round with all characters adding to the comedy - even David Hasselhoff. Sandler eases into the aggressive comedy role in which he has excelled for the majority of his acting career.
I was glad to see the Fonz (Henry Winkler) making an appearance as Sandler's father in the movie. He and Julie Kavner work well as Michael's archetypal Jewish parents.
Kate Beckinsale offers nothing spectacular other than some excellent eye-candy in her skimpy outfits. I find myself having to suspend my disbelief that work commitments can even come into his mind with such a gorgeous wife and 2 really cute kids that worship the ground he walks on.
Comedy icons Jennifer Coolidge (Stiffler's Mom) and Jonah Hill also make appearances in the movie and do not disappoint.
I did like Christopher Walken in the role as devil's advocate. He reminded me a lot of another Christopher (Lloyd) in his role as Doc Brown in the Back to the Future trilogy. His chemistry with Sandler was excellent and they really did complement each other well in their shared scenes. I also like the fact that he was allowed to do a little dancing, as has become is trademark.
About halfway though the film though, the plot really takes a turn for the serious as Michael starts to lose control of his life and we see a man quickly learning how precious life is. This is where Sandler both surprised and impressed me in equal measure. I actually found myself really sympathising with his character. He is at heart a doting father and husband who deep down just wants to be able to provide the best in life for his family. Yes, he makes bad choices, but it is that fallibility that makes him so engaging. Sandler moves very efficiently from stock comedy character, to a man immersed in a struggle that is of his own making.
In a scene towards the end of the movie he realises how much he has missed out on in life and there is a genuinely heartbreaking scene between him and his old age father which I found really pulled at the heart strings. It made me really think about my own relationship with my parents and how it is so easy to take people for granted under the false assumption that they will always be around for you.
Even Henry Winkler himself has commented after the movie that Sandler's performance in this scene is one of the best pieces of acting he has ever seen.
The surprising aspect of it all is that the emotion of the film never seemed forced or contrived. The transition from comedy to emotion could have completely ruined the tempo of the film, but the writers seem to have got it just right on this occasion.
Sandler's performance was a real revelation for me and I have heard similar sentiments from others about his role in Reign over Me. I feel that he is fast losing his one trick pony label
Click became so much more than just a comedy, it became a vehicle for driving home the message that life is to be treasured, especially family life. Wishing your life away and longing for the future means that we fail to appreciate the present. Hard work, arguments and illness are all part of what shapes both ourselves and our relationships with those around us.
As Ferris Bueller one prophetically stated "Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop to look around once in a while, you could miss it". This film brings that statement to life, albeit with life moving a lot quicker than even Ferris could have anticipated.
The movie is clearly inspired by previous time-travel stories such as Back to the Future and It's a Wonderful Life. It also reminded me a lot of the Nick Cage film Family Man and even Sliding Doors by offering both us and the characters the chance to experience what Robert Frost described as "the road not taken".
It may not go down in cinematic history as being a classic, nor did the critics give it much acclaim, but for me it certainly warrants more than the 3/10 given to it by the rotten tomatoes website. If you believe what some of the critics say then you may miss out on an absolute gem of a movie.
There is a real depth to the movie that I was not expecting from an Adam Sandler production. The film has both comedic and tragic elements which offer a surprisingly good balance and really take you through the full spectrum of emotions. The philosophical undertone of the movie is something I'm sure we have all experienced at some point or another. Who doesn't live with a regret and wish that they could go back to some point in their life and treat someone a bit better?
I won't give the ending away, but I will say it was a slight disappointment for me and I'd be interested to hear what other dooyoo'ers feel about how the film was resolved.
I really enjoyed the soundtrack to the film and it made me rediscover an old gem, Linger by the Cranberries. Lead singer Dolores O' Riordan actually makes a guest appearance as herself in the film. Also any film that included Hold the Line by Toto is good in my book.
The movie was nominated for an Oscar for Make Up, deservedly so in my opinion. Using the same actors in a film that spans an extensive timescale is always challenging and the make up, particularly on Michael's parents, was exceptional and well worthy of this recognition. Even Michael himself with his wrinkly hands, receding grey hairline and liver spots, was very convincing.
The Make up artists have good pedigree with Kazuhiro Tsuji also receiving an Oscar nomination for his work on Norbit. Bill Corso is a previous Oscar winner for Achievement in Makeup for his work on the film Lemony Snicket.
My overall thoughts are that this is a real diamond of a film which was not advertised as well as it could have been. The trailers really did point towards "another" Adam Sandler goofball comedy. This film is so much more than that and contains not only surprisingly good performances, but also tackles some issues which many of us will hold dear to our own lives.
Runtime: 107 min
Price: £2.99 (Play.com)
DVD Extras: Audio commentary from cast and crew, deleted scenes, featurettes
Click is another sassy film with Adam Sandler and his daft ways. It was produced in 2006. With Five doing the Sandler season it's reminded me of another great film.
***Film Only Review***
Sandler plays workaholic Michael Newman who has a bit of an anger management problem and has everyone on his back to get things done when there just isn't enough time to satisfy everyone. He puts his work before his family in order to earn the partnership at the company he works. His mood comes to a head when he has far too many remote controls in the house and when trying to turn the TV on or to open the garage he accidently sets something else off! He then goes off to get a universal remote like his well to do neighbour has. In the store he meets the quirky salesman/inventor Morty in the back who gives him a very unusual one of a kind universal remote that will change things forever. He figures the remote works on everything including humans when he turns the volume down on the pet dog and then fast forwards him to do his business quickly outside. He goes back to Morty who shows Michael's life as a DVD or recording if you will. He can look back in his past (like the ghost of xmas past!) So we get to see that it's a similar take on Scrooge and how the things you do in your life can affect the loved ones around you. So the universal control is actually to controlling his own universe. Will it make him change his ways? Or will the remote begin to programme his life for him?
This is one of those films that will make you think what would you do if you had the power? It is also trying to tell you that family is important and although we have to go through the bad times it is part of life and we can't avoid them. People take too much time trying to make money rather than spending those important times with your family while you can.
Sandler is his usual goofy self having great fun doing daft things to people while they are on pause. Changing the colour of himself and being the green hulk or purple barney! Making people different shapes and talking in different languages. The first part of the film is all about him having fun with it and then it becomes more serious when he realises it's not as good as he thought and he is missing a lot of life.
The gorgeous Kate Bekinsale is great as his wife Donna and brings a bit of class to the film. They have great chemistry together. Christopher Walken is cast perfectly as the quirky salesman Morty. We even have the Hoff as Michael's boss (the fart scene is disgusting!) and Henry Winkler (the Fonz) as his dad who add a bit more to the film.
They do the aging thing great in the makeup style of things, it's very believable.
Overall this is a great film with a huge moral story behind it that we have seen done before. It is very heart-warming when the kids pull at your heart strings and really hilarious when he fast forwards a year and then has to realise the things that have changed and what he has missed. This film has your emotions running on a rollercoaster!
I like alot of Adam Sandler movies that he has done and Click is another light-hearted comedy that is pretty good and sees him at his best. It wasn't quite the straightforward comedy you expect it to be when settling down to watch it. It is very funny in the 1st half, not quite so good in the 2nd half with a deeper meaning and serious side underlying the film's storyline.
Adam Sandler stars in this movie as a real estate agent executive who devotes far too much of this time to his job and doesn't spend enough time balancing his life and spending time with his wife and two children who need some of his time. He constantly disappoints his wife played by Kate Beckinsale and his children. Things go from bad to worse when he cancels a family weekend away so he can meet a building design deadline for his boss played by David Hasselhoff. His wife and kids still love him and appreciate his job takes up his time, but they don't know how to compete with that part of his life and wish they had more of an equal share of his life.
One night his life changes, however, when he goes shopping for a universal remote control for the one that has broken. He ends up in a bizarre shop called Bed, Bath and Beyond. Firstly he looks in the Bed section, then the Bath section before he notices a door at the back of the store with the word Beyond written above it. He enters and there he finds a mad scientist like the one in Back to the Future. The scientist is played by Christopher Walken. He has a real 'universal' remote control for sale. But this is no ordinary remote.
The twist in the plot is that this remote actually controls the universe rather than it being a universal remote. It can do many great things that Adam Sandler discovers initially. When his dog barks too loudly he can turn down the volume and he can hit the pause button to pause anything he wants around him. He gets sick and he can fast forward a few days until he gets better again. He fast forwards through some family dinners. The problem is that the more he fast forwards programms this into the memory of the remote. Therefore whenever an event happens like a family dinner it is fast forwarded and he skips it. However, the more he speeds up the more he misses and in the end he is fast forwarding through years of his life.
I enjoyed Click to be honest with you but the first half was better than the 2nd half. The was very funny as we watch his antics in learning how to use the remote control. It also sets the scene for the 2nd half as we are introduced to all the things in his life he takes for granted and fast forwards with dramatic consequences.
The movie begins like alot of Sandler movies where there's alot of slapstick comedy and yelling. Howver it does get serious in the end and has a deeper meaning that just laughs.
The whole point of this movie is to generate interest in families and friends. You should not be so busy in work that you neglect your own family. I think the character in Click learns that in the end, but not before messing things up in his life and because he is missing so many big chunks of his life that he doesn't know who he is anymore.
If we all really want to be happy in life then we should priortitze our lives by a list. Plus, you should not neglect family and kids but make time for them in your life. If you dont then there could be problems in your life that Adam Sandler finds out to his cost.
Overall, this is a pretty good movie that I would see again. There is really a right mix of comedy and drama to keep you interested throughout which is great. I'm sure we have all wondered at some point what it would be like to have a life changing remote control that you can do most things.
note: also appears in part on Flixster and The Student Room
Adam Sandler is of course known for his childish and crude "arrested development" comedies such as Billy Maddison, Happy Gilmore and Big Daddy, but here in Click he tries something a tad more family friendly, although still not without its more adult moments. Click was even nominated for an Academy Award for Make-Up, and does manage the right emotional notes even if it's a fairly flawed effort.
Michael Newman (Sandler) is an architect who is married to his gorgeous wife Donna (Kate Beckinsale), and after getting frustrated at how many remotes they have, goes to look for a universal remote control. He stops off at Bed Bath & Beyond., where he meets Morty (Christopher Walken), an inventor who shows him a remote control he has invented that allows the user to rewind, speed-up, and slow-down time according to his own wishes, such as slowing down time when a busty woman jogs past him, and speeding up when he has to finish pleasuring his wife.
There are some novel uses in the film, but it is a fairly derivative mish-mash of better films like Back to the Future, and so it's hard to take the film as a seriously original idea. It does manage a bit of emotional resonance near the end, though, with the idea that life is short and it is to be savoured and not wished away. However, it does end with the easy way out, and so can't be praised entirely.
An underrated little gem from Sandler, and arguably one of his best films in a classical sense. Whilst predictable, the film has a serious side to it which is undeniably touching, yet the ending is ultimately a disappointment.
This really is a great film and it never fails to draw a tear. I first saw this film when I was on a cruise ship a couple of years back and I saw from the middle to the end and then had to wait for it to be repeated so I could watch the beginning. I caught it as I was getting ready for dinner and before I knew it I was completely involved with my grandma and we were late for dinner waiting for it to finish! We also were fully made up and in evening dresses, trying desperately not to cry but one look at each other and the tears flooded! I went back home and bought the DVD straight away and was playing it at uni and all the girls from my flat who popped into my room stopped in to watch it and it turned into a huge blubbering fest! Really from a female point of view it was so sad in parts that I couldn't stop crying!
However on the brighter side of things it is a comedy, as you would expect from Adam Sandler. The story is that architect, Michael (Sandler), is stressed at work and having problems balancing his time to fit around his commitments, particularly his family commitments. He goes to a shop to buy a remote control and meets Morty (Christopher Walken) who offers him a remote control that can control his world. He can rewind, fast forward, pause and even dub his life. At first it is great because he can skip the mundane parts of his daily life like work and traffic jams but soon things go wrong as the remote control adapts to how Michael uses it. He soon begins to appreciate those mundane tasks or the things he would rather do without but he now must deal with the consequences.
The film is funny and it actually has a reasonable plot line, which a lot of comedies seem to lack these days. Michael is a likeable character who the viewer can easily relate to and the situations are also easy to relate to. Who hasn't wanted to skip those family commitments, get sex over with or wanted to take revenge on their boss? The moral underlying it all is that we should learn to just appreciate every part of our lives and prioritise the important stuff like family. As soppy as that sounds it is really not pushed in your face, which is good because I hate soppy stuff!
It is suitable for older children (certificate 12) but there are some sexual references so it may not be suitable for younger children. Also it seems that women seem to really love this film but men don't seem to rave about it as much. Although it's not a girly film I do think that the emotional scenes probably appeal to us girls more. I was definitely taken in by it and I could watch it again and again without getting bored. Really enjoyed it and think it deserves a bit more credit and should not be dismissed as just another generic American comedy.
Wouldn't it be great if you could fast forward parts of your life with the click of a button? Actually, not really! Michael Newman (Adam Sandler) discovers that it's better to live your life to the fullest than fast forward it and miss out on key aspects of it.
Click is a Drama/Comedy about a workaholic architect who is given a universal remote that allows him to fast forward and rewind to different parts of his life. However when he loses control of the remote, the remote takes control of his life and he misses out on key aspects of it.
While concentrating on using his remote to help him fast forward his career, he misses out on the thing that should be most important to him, family life. It's only when it's too late that he realizes what is important. But he can't change the clocks back now right?
This is the type of film that will really make you think about your life and what your priorities should be. This film makes me cry every time i watch it without fail. It has a really strong storyline that is acted out exceptionally well by Adam Sandler. Not to let comedy fans down, the film also includes hilariously funny scenes too.
Although admittedly the whole 'out of control remote' concept winds me up a little bit, i can't find anything much wrong with this film. It makes you laugh and makes you cry, which to me is the perfect combination. I would defiantly recommend this film to other people. I could watch it again and again without ever getting bored and still crying and laughing at the same parts every time.
Want a good quality tearjerker to watch with your friends? Buy this! But if you don't have a box of tissues on hand it's probably best that you don't
Duration -1 hour and 43 minutes Approx
- Cast & Crew Commentary
- Deleted Scenes
(film only review)
Another Adam Sandler comedy which looks at what would happen if you have control over your world using a remote control something like that you use for a television. It is a film about family and although it has funny moments as you would expect with a Sandler film it is also quite serious and looks at the importance of balancing family with other commitments especially work and a career. It received pretty mixed reviews when it was originally released in 2006 by film critics .
The film is the story of Michael Newman(Sandler) who is a loving father and husband, but has got a job that means he hardly sees his family. To make matters worse his boss takes advantage of Michael by dangling a promotion in front of his face.
One evening he has a frustrating incident with a television remote and he heads to a Bed, Bath and Beyond store for a new remote control. Whilst there Michael finds himself in the possession of a new kind of remote control, developed by an eccentric inventor, Morty (Walken). He discovers it is a remote control so significant that it allows him to be able to fast forward, rewind, pause and practically control all the events in his life. This allows him to have some quality time with his family and his life. The remote does not though always function as he would always like and he is forced to deal with the consequences.
Click' is a mix of comedy and drama, but if I needed to choose a category, it would probably be drama. The funny parts are mainly in the beginning and the rest of the movie is more about morals and the importance of balancing work and a career with spending time with family. It is a bit different from earlier Sandler films such as Big Daddy, Billy Maddison and Waterboy. Whereas in these films we see Sandler and his slapstick and silly style humour throughout, in this film it is only really in the first half of the movie. It is a more serious film and looks at life and an issue many people can associate with. It is an enjoyable film with some funny moments but I don't think it shows Sandler at his best. It also has been reported that it borrows ideas from older films such as Back to the Future and It's a Wonderful Life so is not terribly original and also quite predictable. Overall quite entertaining but not anything special.
Directed by: Frank Coraci
Distributed by: Columbia Pictures
June 23, 2006
Running time: 107 minutes
Click is an enjoyable comedy from Adam Sandler that is, well, pretty much the same as every other film he has been in. In it, he plays the lead character, who is a bit of loud goofball, and there is, as per usual, a moral to the story.
Michael Newman (Sandler) is an exec property designer who is oh so eager to impress his boss (David Hasselhof). In fact, he is so engrossed in this aspect of his life, that he ends up neglecting his wife and kids. Cue the day where he encounters Morty, who gives him a remote control that is the key to his life, and with it, he can fast forward, pause, and go back to watch previous bits of his life. In short, his life is a DVD.
This is great to start with, but as Michael realises that his control is limited, and he has unintentionally programmed half of his life to flash before his eyes, he loses sight of what is important, and stands to lose it all. Can his life ever be the same again?
This is an entertaining film, with the last half an hour being the most riveting. The first hour or so is typical Sandler, with idiocy and juvenile behaviour all over the shop. Pausing time and then slapping his boss and farting in his mouth, before then starting time again, is quite funny, as is kicking someone in the nuts when time is paused. However, the laughs are few and far between, and most of it is just Sandler being silly. Walken and the Hoff do well, and Kate Beckinsale is solid in support as the suffering wife.
The film carries the message of how important family is supposed to be, while emphasising that most of us continue through life dedicated to getting a job and making money, whereas the most important factors should be spending time with our loved ones and not wasting a second. These morals, though, are gently touched upon, with the main elements of the film just aimed at the audience having a bit of a laugh and a giggle. It's a chance to see a grown man be an idiot, but then, this is Adam Sandler: it kind of comes with the territory.
Click is available to buy on DVD from amazon.co.uk for £3.88 at the moment. It's worth a watch, with fun and comedy throughout, but it's nothing special, and there aren't that many laugh out loud moments. It's a funny film, but nothing special. I recommend giving it a go.
Click 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, oversexed dogs, and other attempts at humour 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 devilish 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 US$40 million opening weekend offered ample proof that Sandler's box-office clout remains remarkably consistent.--Jeff Shannon