Sunday, September 4, 2016

Movie Review: "Jack and Jill" (2011)

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Movie"Jack and Jill"
Director: Dennis Dugan
Year: 2011
Rating: PG
Running Time: 1 hour, 31 minutes

Thanksgiving is coming, and for Jack (Adam Sandler), this means a visit from his twin sister Jill (Adam Sandler). Since he started a family and moved to Los Angeles, Jack and Jill have grown apart. Her visit now means a lot of fighting, and the more they fight, the longer her stay, and the longer her stay, the more miserable Jack becomes. All this changes when Jack finds out he needs to exploit his sister and fix her up with Al Pacino (Al Pacino) so Pacino will do a Dunkin' Donuts advertisement for his agency.

Director Dennis Dugan has directed eight Adam Sandler films throughout his career. "Jack and Jill" is the seventh film he's helmed. Sandler himself pulls double acting duty as both titular characters Jack and Jill, twin siblings who have grown apart since Jack moved from New York to Los Angeles with his family. As if one character played by Adam Sandler wasn't enough, he apparently felt like the general public needed to see two characters played by Adam Sandler. *sigh*

Since Sandler also produces and has a hand in writing the screenplays for his movies now, he usually does the distinct dishonor to one of Hollywood's leading ladies and casts them as his attractive trophy wife. This time around, his choice was Katie Holmes (out of left field, we might add). Katie Holmes serves little purpose in this movie other than to be a prop for Sandler's gross gaze. She does nothing more than flash a smile and utter a few lines of meaningless dialogue here and there, otherwise, she's completely disposable. The other people in the film are Sandler's usual crew of friends, the ones he has kept gainfully employed throughout the years, featuring the likes of Peter Dante, Jonathan Loughran, Nick Swardson, David Spade, Tim Meadows, and other SNL alumni. The most puzzling member of the cast of "Jack and Jill" is Al Pacino in what we can only assume was a clerical error he could not get out of. How Sandler ultimately convinced the Academy Award winning legendary actor to be in this schlock is a total mystery to us, and is clearly a career defining low point for Pacino. He plays himself in this film, so it's not like it's that much of a stretch, but he has fallen for Jill, and we cannot in god's name explain how this is supposed to be considered passable entertainment. The primary running  joke in this movie is that Jill is played by Adam Sandler and basically looks like Adam Sandler in drag. Jill also acts and talks more like a man in drag pretending to be a woman than an actual woman. The whole thing isn't funny to begin with. The entire shtick gets old real quickly, and it's offensive (to the word 'comedy' and to the world at large) at best. Beyond this idiotic joke, the movie consists of more typical and expected toilet humor, plus loads of Sandler's signature yelling and silly voices. Joy. 

We're embarrassed to have a paper trail connecting our names to "Jack and Jill" via Netflix's DVD service. It will forever live in the annals of history, the depths of time and space, the tubes of the internet as something we personally rented, not passing it off as a clerical error, no one to blame but ourselves. Sometimes, when a film gets so horrendously panned, so degraded, so dissed, we want to, nay, HAVE TO see how bad it is for ourselves. Any movie with Jared Fogle as a celebrity cameo, well, you know it's gotta be bad, but we should have listened to the masses. This movie is trash, and Adam Sandler needs to stop.

My Rating: 1.5/10
BigJ's Rating: 1.5/10
IMDB's Rating: 3.5/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 3%
Do we recommend this movie: AVOID LIKE THE PLAGUE!!!


  1. Love your review even more now having read it in it's entirety. I will gladly add this blog to my Feedly account as Must Read! As a fellow lover of movies I can agree this movie is trash and your number rating makes you the nicest of people.

    1. Thank you very much for your kind words, and for taking the time to read and follow our blog! It's nice to see another movie fan such as yourself hates this actually appears that this has been universally panned by everyone, even Sandler fans!