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We laughed and we cried...
Member Name: bkecky
Advantages: Funny, emotional rollercoaster, Adam Sandler
Disadvantages: Nothing really
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.
Summary: Get the Kleenex at the ready