Film Review: Adam Sandler’s Jack and Jill

Jack decapitates himself in this version of Jack and Jill.

For a change this weekend we decided to order some really dreadful films from our film rental service. We usually try and watch really good ones. Classics, even, in the hope we can find those splendid flicks that make us go, “Indeed, we shall add this to our DVD collection!” And that’s a most splendid moment.

So why purposefully choose movies which were critically mauled (as in dissed by the critics)? Well, why not? Some films are just so awful that you can enjoy them. The remake of The Wicker Man springs to mind – the one with Nicolas Cage. Now Mr. Cage is a brilliant actor, but he has been in some really terrible films and his brand of method acting itensity often makes films seem ridiculous. Yet it’s midly amusing in its awfulness. So, we thought, let’s see what all the fuss is about and watch some really dreadful movies! Then, perhaps, we’ll enjoy our favourites even more! So we rented Sex and the City 2 – this film currently has a 15% rating on RottenTomatoes (a film review aggregating site). This means it’s rubbish. We haven’t watched that yet, but we did just watch Jack and Jill. Read on for our verdict, sir/madame.

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Let’s begin by saying it has a 3% rating on the Rotten Tomatoes website, who state (and this is a verbatim quote), “Although it features an inexplicably committed performance from Al Pacino, Jack and Jill is impossible to recommend on any level whatsoever”. Pretty damning, non? This didn’t deter the intrepid Professional Moron staff, for we watched it with a sense of awe. The verdict? Well it’s supposed to be a comedy, but only particularly stupid people will find this amusing. It’s extremely unfunny, stars the talentless Katie Holmes in cringe worthy form, and Al Pacino makes a fool of himself. Sandler, meanwhile, (he plays both Jack and Jill – the latter in drag) is thoroughly charmless. So, is it a “so bad it’s good!” film? No, but it’s a “so bad it’s just worth watching just to see how bad it is” movie. So we award the film the lame duck award of vegetable movie ratings – The Vegetable Monster!

The Vegetable Monster is also known as Steve.

2 comments

  1. I have to admit I am an Adam Sandler fan, but only for the reasons most people are Adam Sandler fans, ‘Billy Madison’ and ‘Happy Gilmore.’ I somehow always end up watching his films, I will eventually rent ‘That’s my Boy’ when it comes to DVD. My co-workers at Dish used to quote lines from Sandler’s movies, but not recently. I’m going to take a chance and add ‘Jack and Jill’ to the top of my Blockbuster @home DVD list, I have a movie at home I’m going to return to the store, and pick this one up for free. This way I’m not out much except for 90 minutes of my life.

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    • Hi Natalie! Sandler’s actually quite brilliant in 2002’s Punch Drunk Love, it’s just a shame he lets himself down and does something like Jack and Jill. It’s not as bad as 3%, to be honest, it’s mildly enjoyable but he can do much better.

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