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Jack and Jill (DVD)
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Jack and Jill (DVD)
Advantages: It had potential in the beginning
Disadvantages: Plays too much on toilet humour, poorly constructed plot
I watched this film as there wasn't much else on, and by the end of it i had to ask myself three question: why was Adam Sandler wearing a dress? Why did Johnny Depp have a picture of Justine Beiber on his shirt? and why couldn't i stop watching that monstrosity of a film?
It starts off with a documentary type Q n A about twins and whether they have special powers etc, then there's a questionable montage about Jack and Jill's (both played by Sandler) early twinhood. Then we skip to the future where Jack is a successful director with a family and Jill is alone, unsuccessful, attention seeking and generally unlovable as a character and is coming to Jack's for Thanksgiving. Doesn't sound too bad yet does it? Just wait.
There's this actor by name of Al Pacino (i don't know the actual actor's name) that Jack wants to do a 'Dunkin Donut's' ad who has a psychotic breakdown and falls obsessively in love with Jill and ends up kidnapping Jack instead.
As a general fan of Adam Sandler's works i have to say this was an absolute disappointment. I assume it's supposed to be a funny take on obsessive love and how it goes wrong. But even the funny parts aren't really that funny, for example the 'football' scene where Jill play's soccer with a load of Mexicans is just plain slapstick and not really Sandler's usual standard of humour. Along with that i feel they play too much on trying to make humour out of Jill's general disgustingness, ie body shaped sweat stains and the continuous debate on Jill's femininity. It's used so much throughout the film that it just makes the audience focus more on the cringeworthyness of Jill instead of the funny side of Jill.
Along with that, Jack's absolute detest of his sister is never properly explained in the film. Sure the audience can pick a few things up for themselves, but nothing from the montage or Jills behaviour in the beginning of the film gives us the reason why Jack detests her so much. It just seems out of the blue for a plot point. Speaking of the plot, compared to Sandler's other films this one seems very sort of higgledy piggledy in duch a way that i can only pick out the aforementioned points as solid plot lines.
All in all a big disappointment from Sandler, something which i only watched til the end to see if Sandler's greatness would be allowed to come through and save the film.
Summary: Not one of Sandler's good films