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Jack and Jill - Film Review

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by Sarah Han (subscribe)
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Adam Sandler acting as a woman? Yeah, I was a bit hesitant when I went to the media screening of Jack and Jill, I must admit. Despite its predominantly painful humour, I did actually enjoy myself.

There are probably many people out there who aren't the biggest Adam Sandler fans - myself included - but it can't be denied that his films are usually box office hits. And sometimes all I want is a fluffy comedy that will take my mind off reality.

Sandler annoyingly plays the same character (aka himself) in most of his films - granted, this is often the case with many comedians (think Vince Vaughn or Ben Stiller). But obviously there's something about Sandler that still makes movie-goers keep coming back.

Sandler plays two characters in this film - identical twins Jack and Jill Sadelstein. Jack is an advertising executive, while Jill is an unpleasantly tactless person, whose occupation I couldn't figure out, to the point of embarrassment.

Sandler makes an unconvincing attempt at impersonating a woman. He could have done with some acting lessons in female behaviour - especially how to walk in heels.

Meanwhile, Sandler's wife is played by Katie Holmes, who blends into the background with a performance that doesn't add to the comedy in any way.

But the star of this film - by far - is Al Pacino. Though he plays himself, there's a sense of commitment and intensity that makes me love him. His believable and comfortable performance is the best thing about this film.

I also enjoyed the adopted son's penchant for taping strange objects to himself.

I have to admit I'm not one to enjoy toilet humour, slapstick and physical comedy, but I know there are plenty of people out there who do. The film seemed to flip flop from amusing to uncomfortably distasteful. I went from quietly laughing to myself to shaking my head to inwardly crying at the half-witted jokes.

Sandler managed to reel in a string of cameos that are surprising; including Johnny Depp and Shaquille O'Neal. The cameos made me scratch my head, wondering why they'd appear in this movie. But perhaps it was the way the movie is almost satirical in the way it makes fun of itself.

Is it a clever satire or just a comedy overflowing with racial slurs and religious jokes? It's hard to tell. I'd like to believe that it's the former.

Jack and Jill is definitely not one of Sandler's (or director Dennis Dugan's) finest. Dugan's partnership with Sandler extends over a wide range of films: Happy Gilmore, Big Daddy, I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry, You Don't Mess with the Zohan, Grown Ups and Just Go With It.

It sure isn't the next Mrs Doubtfire or Tootsie, but if you're after a brainless 90 minutes and a chuckle, then maybe this is the movie for you.

Duration: 93 minutes
Rating: PG


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Why? Adam Sandler acting as a woman
When: From 11 November (US), 1 December (Australia) 3 February (UK)
Where: In Cinemas
Cost: Standard movie prices
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