Movie Review: Jack and Jill

Movie Review: Jack and Jill

Jack and Jill

 

PG for crude and sexual humor, language, comic violence
and brief smoking.
Genre: Comedy
Running Time: 1 hour 33 minutes

Jack Sadelstein, a successful advertising executive in Los Angeles with a beautiful wife and kids, dreads one event every year – the Thanksgiving visit of his identical twin sister Jill. He tries to make the best of it and weather the storm for this once a year visit. But, it is rather challenging at times. Jill’s neediness and passive-aggressiveness is maddening to Jack. Of course every year when Jill shows up on the scene Jack’s normal tranquil life is turned upside down at every turn.

The Split Personalities of Adam Sandler

The trailers for Jack and Jill seem to give this new Adam Sandler movie a glimmer of hope that it will be good and funny. But – we are sad to report – such is not the case. 

While Jack and Jill does have some funny moments, we left the theater saying it was a “long” hour and a half. You just never know what you’re going to get with Adam Sandler. We use to say any Sandler movie was either really good and funny – or – really bad and sad.

Jack and Jill seems to fall right in the middle of the Good VS. Bad scale.

For the most part if you saw the trailer, you saw the funny parts of this movie. While there is an attempt to keep some kind of story line flow, there are times when this movie falls into the disjointed category too. From time to time it becomes nothing more than a collection of short comic skits than a so-called feature length movie. It seems Adam Sandler may possibly find himself at a crossroads when it comes to his acting career. He seems torn between trying to be a good actor, writer and comic – and simply being a comic who goes for the quick rude and crude laugh.

Jack and Jill

Jack and Jill (Image via RottenTomatoes.com)

While this is not a movie all about Adam Sandler, he does play the two main characters of Jack and Jill.

As Jack Sadelstein, Sandler’s character is a successful advertising executive. As Jill Sadelstien, Sandler is his own twin sister in this movie. A woman from the Bronx looking for love and acceptance.

It’s here we find the confusion and almost split personality of Sandler.

Throughout Jack and Jill Sandler’s Jack character is balanced and a family man trying to sort through the challenges of life. The character is funny and the laugh moments are – for the most part – clean and humorous. It’s obvious he was working for his humor as the character of Jack. But when it comes to Jill, Sandler seems to fall into the abyss of going for the rude and crude quick laugh. It seems as though Sandler didn’t want to sully an image he’s trying to build as a serious and funny man as a guy. As a result, he degrades himself and stoops to potty humor with the alter ego Jill Sadelstein. It’s true we have seen worse in the form of potty humor from Sandler in the past, but it’s still disappointing to see him stoop to this level again and it really takes away from the movie. It gets to the point where it’s almost painful to watch the character of Jill go through her trials.

It’s Not A Total Loss

However, even though Sandler’s alter ego character pulls Jack and Jill down, that’s not to say this movie is a total loss. There is a positive message about family and discovering what’s important. But, even more intriguing are the numerous cameo appearances sprinkled in throughout the movie. Al Pacino, far from a cameo appearance, is wonderful and a joy to watch here. It is nice to see him in a humorous role. But even after saying that, be on the look out for wonderful surprise cameos from Johnny Depp and even Jared the Subway guy!

As for rating, with a PG rating Jack and Jill is simply not family-friendly. The humor is too raunchy and rude and not suited for a younger audience. While it does not need an R rating even with a PG-13 rating we would have to say it’s still cautionary family-friendly. In other words, when it comes to the family-friendly category, it’s best to think of Jack and Jill as a cautionary family-friendly movie with a PG-13 rating.

Is it worth rushing to the movie theater to see? Probably not. While there are some glimmers of laughter and heart warming moments, Jack and Jill is probably best left on the “wait and see when it comes out on DVD” list.

Wait for the DVD,

Dr. Rus

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Dr. Rus has 30+ years experience in the field of communication. He takes this experience, and his passion to encourage others to positively effect their environment, when providing insight and movie reviews.