Published Nov 10, 2011Over two years ago, Adam Sandler parodied himself in Funny People, acting in a vignette of viral-driven faux trailers for awful comedies such as Merman, a real-life merman who falls in love with a marine biologist. If Merman was in fact made into a full-length picture, it wouldn't be as atrocious or as uncomfortably unfunny as Jack and Jill.
Like every talented SNL veteran who has proven they can actually act outside of the comedy genre, Adam Sandler takes two steps back by starring in Dennis Dugan's Jewish version of Norbit, proving to viewers everywhere that a high paycheque is worth the price of one's dignity.
In the film, Sandler plays both Jack, a happily married family man who works as a Los Angeles executive, and Jill, his overweight, shrill and hygienically-deficient twin sister, who ends up overstaying her welcome when she visits Jack, his loving wife (Katie Holmes) and his two children.
In an attempt to get the annoying Jill out of his home, Jack desperately tries everything, from online dating sites and Craigslist, to help his twin sister find a man. It's during this time where Jill meets Al Pacino (unfortunately playing himself) and once "Scarface" becomes unexplainably smitten with Jill, Jack must "prostit-twin" his sister in order to get Pacino to star in his company's Dunkin' Donuts commercial.
Jack and Jill would have made a great five-minute SNL skit in 1996, but as a full-length feature, it is a painfully outdated slapstick comedy full of unnecessary and overly predictable dick, fart and poo jokes that will only entertain those who find cinematic fulfilment in watching Jersey Shore episodes.
The film is so bad that cameo appearances ran rampant in order to distract viewers from realizing they are watching one of the worst movies of the year and despite the fact that Johnny Depp and David Spade are able to muster up a couple of genuine chuckles, they can't excuse the sequences of synchronized farting, slapstick violence and the aging Al Pacino attempting to recreate Tom Cruise's dance routine from Tropic Thunder in a Dunkin' Donuts commercial.
It could be argued that Adam Sandler is in fact a comedic genius for taking part in a movie that actually makes fun of its dim-witted, mainstream-driven audience. However, considering his recent track record of bombs at the box office, that theory will go highly unnoticed by critics and viewers everywhere. (Sony)