What is it about a bad movie that brings out such an intense reaction? I’m not talking about just a stupid, time-waster of a flick, but a really, really epic bad movie.
A film that is devoid of any creativity or imagination or any kind of entertainment value whatsoever. A film that makes one wonder who in their right mind at the studio after seeing it thought any of it was a good idea to release to the public. One of those movies that come around once every few years and is greeted with universal disdain and fuels the angry fires of movie fans everywhere.
Somehow people take great glee in seeing the overwhelming negative reaction the movie generates from critics and audiences alike.
Adam Sandler has fulfilled making something that fits this category of a movie so bad it’s a shock to see that it even managed to stick to the film. I present you his latest comedy Jack and Jill. And the response has been very vocal about it. It’s unanimous – it’s a cinematic turd.
I’ve never been a fan of Sandler. I never got his humor and the films I’ve seen of his I always considered low-grade comedies with feeble attempts at humor and a leading man who I never found charismatic in the first place.
I remember first seeing him on the MTV game show Remote Control and disliking him. He would do a bit of trying to be funny, talking with his supposedly comical voices and he would just get on my nerves. I was desperate for them to get the camera back to Kari Wuhrer. Then he joined Saturday Night Live and I still couldn’t figure him out, but apparently everyone else loved him and saw the talent that clearly I was blind to see.
Finally his film career began and once again – I just didn’t get it. Billy Madison, Happy Gilmore, The Waterboy, Little Nicky. How on earth was this guy attracting an audience???
I suppose his best films were The Wedding Singer, Anger Management, 50 First Dates. But even those I thought were mediocre comedies and I certainly wouldn’t be revisiting them again. I guess the simple way of saying it is – I never liked Sandler and therefore never found him appealing in any movie. His boyish comedic screen persona didn’t work on me. I can’t say how he did in his dramatic turn in Punch Drunk Love. I haven’t seen it.
So, Sandler coasted along with his films – Mr. Deeds, The Longest Yard, Click, I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry, You Don’t Mess With The Zohan – and his fans followed. These all looked like pretty bad films to me and I had no plans of ever watching them. I still don’t.
Now with Sandler’s latest film Jack and Jill I assumed would be yet another middling addition to his resume. I thought it would make some money, get some bad reviews and disappear, like most of his other movies. However, this time Sandler’s movie evoked a bit more of a negative reaction than usual.
As soon as the trailer was released everyone targeted it as a crap movie. Which I found kind of odd, since from my perspective the majority of his movies are crap. But on this one finally everyone seemed to agree on it.
Maybe it had something to do with the cutesy title, the fact Sandler is in drag or a completely mind-boggling supporting part where Al Pacino shows up! Jack and Jill had all the earmarks of a colossal bomb. The trailer for it – the thing that was supposed to get people excited to go and see the movie actually become the butt of jokes! A complete reversal of the studios game plan to market their movie. Now that’s impressive.
So Jack and Jill got released and the reviews started to in come in and there were some pretty amusing things to read in them:
“How can something like this happen?” – Moviefone
“It’s pretty sad if you’re a comic and Al Pacino is the funniest thing in your movie.” – The New York Post
“More than 24 hours has passed since I watched the new Adam Sandler movie Jack and Jill and I am still dead inside.” – Time
“Howard the Duck, Gigli, Showgirls, From Justin to Kelly. What do they all have in common? They’re all widely considered to be among the worst big studio movies ever made. You know what else they have in common? They’re all better than Jack and Jill.” – The Aisle Seat
Now that’s funny stuff! Finally something Adam Sandler has done is making me laugh.