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Film Review: Jack and Jill (2011)
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Jack and Jill (2011). Directed by Dennis Dugan. The film centres around Jack Sadelstein (Adam Sandler) who is a successful advertising executive and family man, albeit with some oddball kids. He loathes his boorish twin sister Jill, whose infrequent visits are the bane of his life. Due to an unfortunate encounter it transpires he has to keep on his sister's good side to win a particular Hollywood actor for a marketing deal. I should preface this by saying I'm an Adam Sandler fan, although even I was bemused by the trailer for this particular film. Sandler makes little attempt to dress himself up as his female identical twin, short of a splash of make up, a wig, and a dress. Although this is probably missing the point. The scenes with both of them are also very well done, although this is probably missing the point as well. Much like most of Sandler's wackier comedies this is more about out and out stupidity rather than any coherent plot. There are a number of cameos, although most were American personalities that I have no clue about. Bizarrely Johnny Depp turns up early on, at which I did a double take, but this is then followed by a cameo for the rest of the film by Al Pacino. I wasn't sure whether to just despair, or praise the guy for having the balls to do it; his only Oscar is destroyed during one scene, although I'm not sure if this was planned irony. I watched this with my brother-in-law, who also loves stupid comedy, and we were both rolling about with laughter. My sister and nephews also enjoyed it, which adds weight to my theory that most people would enjoy a Sandler film if they could get past the stigma and sit and watch it (I'm sure a lot of people do, but they just don't like to talk about it. You know who you are). For me Sandler is at his best when the comedy is just slightly insane e.g. the main character's son has an obsession with selotape, and is seen in various scenes with random objects taped to his body. The less insane stuff isn't quite so fun, but I still found it watchable. Be warned, there is a lot of product placement in this film. Usually I can't stand it, but it seemed easy to ignore amongst the rest of the craziness, or perhaps it just fitted in. Adam Sandler fans should get a modest kick out of it, you know who you are. The rest should probably avoid, unless they want to watch Al Pacino in his most bizarre role to-date. 3/5 (Average)
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