Reviewed by: Alexander Malsan
|Featuring:||Adam Sandler … Jack/Jill
Al Pacino … Himself
Katie Holmes … Erin
Natalie Gal … Gym Instructor
|Producer:||Broken Road Productions
Happy Madison Productions
|Distributor:||Sony Pictures Entertainment, Columbia Pictures|
“His twin sister is coming for the holidays… and it ain’t pretty”
From the producers who brought you “Happy Gilmore” comes to story of a man named Jack Sadlestein, who has a pretty good life. However, little does he know that things are about to change when his twin sister, Jill, comes for a visit…
I honestly don’t know what to say about this film. It just wasn’t that good. Don’t get me wrong, there are some good performances by some of the actors, but not enough to make me enjoy the film. The humor? Crude, and just not funny. I probably only laughed two times in the entire film. There is just too much crude and suggestive content to make this film appealing to me. Plot? Very thin. This film probably should have been rated PG-13, and I’m surprised that it walked away with a PG rating. This is not a film for children—or adults, for that matter.
There is a lot of objectionable material that I’m going to have to mention.
Vulgarity/Profanity: I counted thirteen instances where God’s name is taken in vain and one instance of “hell”. Crude jokes are made about Jews and atheists. There are some mild jokes about God and Jesus. Jack and Jill are both seen passing gas. Jokes are made about Indian people (India) and about homeless people. The term “hooker” is mentioned twice. One character mentions, “choking on my own vomit.” There are a couple references made to bed wetting and “pee puddles.” Jill mentions she has to go and make “chocolate squirties (?).” The terms “horny” and “pros” (meaning prostitute) are mentioned, as well as the phrases “holy cr_p,” “hot,” and “sexy”. While Jill is in the bathroom, we can hear her “going.”
Sexuality is heavy for a PG film. Jill mentions to Jack the fact that all that Al Pacino wants to do with her is “play twister with your sister.” There is a scene where a man grabs Jill’s breasts. A man looks under Jill’s dress while she is being held up in the air and says, “It’s not a guy.” Jill makes a statement claiming, “The clock is ticking…” and makes reference to the fact that she “has the right equipment, and I get a reminder every 30 days.” Jack says he won’t make his wife wear something trashy, and Jill pulls a piece of paper from her bra. At a movie theater, Jack and Jill are both seen scratching their private areas. There is a scene where one man grabs Jill’s behind. Al Pacino tries to hit on Jill. Since Adam Sandler plays both Jack and Jill, there is cross-dressing involved (the most offensive element of this film, in my opinion). A girl is seen wearing a very revealing outfit towards the end of the film. In the beginning, there are pictures of naked babies.
Violence: There is a fight between two female characters. Jill gets punched in the face by Jack’s son. There are a few scenes where Jill is physically hurt (hit by a giant wheel during a taping of the “The Price is Right,” and falls off a jet ski, into the air, and lands on a table). Jill pushes someone off a bench. She hits a senior citizen with a stick, while playing a game of piñata. Jack (dressed as Jill) gets hit with a chair by Al Pacino.
Other: Jill sits on a horse, and it falls. There are a couple scenes of alcohol use.
At the beginning of the film, we see that Jack and Jill have a poor relationship, as brother and sister. They fight a lot and really don’t present the love and respect that God demands we show each other, especially to our family members. The Bible states in in Matthew 22:37-40…
“Jesus replied: Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love thy neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
When Jesus said to love our “neighbors” that includes our family members, as well. In the end, Jack comes to the realization that he loves his sister, despite her flaws.
I can’t recommend this film to anyone. It is just not funny. There is too much crude and suggestive content. In my opinion, this film is for adults only, and maybe not even adults. Sorry Hollywood, keep trying…
Violence: Moderate / Profanity: Heavy / Sex/Nudity: Heavy
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“…could be Sandler’s worst film. And that’s saying something. …”
—Scott Bowles, USA TODAY
“…Grating, lowbrow comedy in which Adam Sandler dons drag is a complete misfire. … contains long stretches of squirm-inducing tedium in which Sandler riffs and ad-libs far longer than he should, as if he thought that wearing a dress would immediately turn anything he did into comedy gold. … [1/4]”
—Rene Rodriguez, The Miami Herald
“…It’s all pretty unfunny, and leaves you too much time to wonder about other things. Like, how did this sludge ever get a PG rating? …apart from Pacino’s lip-smacking performance—you’re still left with an Adam Sandler movie, with all that entails. …”
—Stephen Whitty, The Star-Ledger (New Jersey)
“…certainly lives down to expectations… Yet the pic's general stupidity, careless direction and reliance on a single-joke premise that was never really funny to begin with are only the most obvious of its problems. …”
—Andrew Barker, Variety
“…Going over the top, then downhill… Mr. Sandler… gives full and relentless voice to the woman-hatred that has always propelled his infantile shtick. …”
—A.O. Scott, The New York Times
“…as always, includes their trademark gross-out flatulence scenes, Jewish jokes (Jill thinks ‘Skype’ is something anti-Semitic), shameless product branding, and obligatory syrupy PG ending. …All in good, clean, goofy fun. … [3/4]”
—Barry Paris, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
“…Sandler’s such a feeble actor that his bellowing rages never match the expression he musters on his blank face. He puts all his efforts into playing a woman, broadly and badly, so much so that the male twin is even duller than standard-issue Sandler. … [2½/4]”
—Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
“Adam & heave… atrocious comedy… there’s a reference to something “that makes me want to choke on my own vomit.” Just like this movie.”
—Lou Lumenick, New York Post