WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Adam Sandler is Michael Newman, an up and coming architect who sacrifices quality time at home with his really hot wife (Kate Beckinsale) and kids to earn a partnership with his company. During a late night jaunt to the local mega – mart to pick up a replacement “universal” remote, Michael meets Morty (Christopher Walken), a wacky old sales tech. Morty gives him a remote that can ff, pause, etc. different parts of his life. The “use” soon becomes “abuse” and the remote wreaks chaos on his life.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Like most Adam Sandler movies, if you get a kick out of his “schtick” you’ll be into this one as well. He has always made me laugh and CLICK provides some laughs as well. It always helps to have one of the hottest actresses play your wife while bringing in cool actors from the 70’s like Henry ”the Fonz” Winkler as your dad and Julie Kavner (of "Rhoda" fame) as your mom. David Hasselhoff does a good job playing someone you really dislike as Sandler’s boss. And of course, there is Christopher Walken playing a freak who provides some of the best moments in this film.
With the arrival of the “universal remote”, you find this film making use of any possible gag that can be thought of involving ‘fast forward’ or ‘pause’. Some of them will make you laugh, some of them won’t and some are quite predictable. Sandler is at his best when he ‘gives it’ to the usual deserving characters, like his jerk of a boss. About half way through, CLICK starts to take itself a little too seriously, but there are some touching moments regardless, one in particular between a father and son. At a little under two hours the morality parts in CLICK start to be a little too much to take.
In CLICK, Adam Sandler really caters to the twenty and thirty something crowds with his 80’s cultural references and soundtrack of your life type stuff. Some of the bands he uses this time around include The Cars, Peter Frampton, and The Cranberries.
Cast and Crew Commentary: Adam Sandler, Frank Coraci (director), Steve Koren (writer) and Tim Herlihy (executive producer) are doing the honours. Sandler livens up what otherwise could be a typical boring extra. I even learned that Ric Ocasek (of the Cars) is pronounced Ric Oc’ass’ek and other cool, fun facts about the making of this film.
Deleted Scenes:There are four deleted scenes, one is a crappy duet, and the other three are gags that may have been a little too politically incorrect, so worth checking out.
Featurettes:The DVD also comes with seven featurettes averaging six minutes or less each. A couple are about the special effects used in Sandler’s fat suit and the aging of the characters. One is on the ‘remote control’ effects – where most of the slap stick is done, a couple on future sets and cars, one on how they got the dogs to hump a stuffed animal, another is a director love-in featurette and, finally, there’s one on Adam Sandler as, “the fat guy between shots”. Overall, nothing special but the last one with “fat Sandler” is pretty good.
CLICK comes as a 1 DVD package "Special Edition" with little to offer as features or bonus material goes. I'd consider it to be an average Adam Sandler movie. Many of his other movies are a lot better such as HAPPY GILMORE, MR. DEEDS, BILLY MADISON and THE WEDDING SINGER (directed by CLICK's Coraci) and at least one, THE WATERBOY, is a lot worse. CLICK can be seen as a comedy with a valuable life lesson, or as I see it: an Adam Sandler flick (so you know what you are getting) with its usual couple of laughs and the occasional cool diss on annoying characters that deserve it.