Director: Dennis Dugan
Cast & Crew: Adam Sandler, Katie Holmes, Al Pacino, Dana Carvey, Regis Philbin, Fatimah Hassan, Santiago Segura, Valerie Mahaffey, Eugenio Derbez, Nicole Abramson, Gianna Gomez, Ken Lally
Synopsis: Jack and Jill is a comedy focusing on Jack Sadelstein (Adam Sandler), a successful advertising executive in Los Angeles with a beautiful wife and kids, who dreads one event each year: the Thanksgiving visit of his identical twin sister Jill (also Adam Sandler). Jill’s neediness and passive-aggressiveness is maddening to Jack, turning his normally tranquil life upside down. Katie Holmes plays Erin, Jack’s wife.
Review: "Our siblings. They resemble us just enough to make all their differences confusing, and no matter what we choose to make of this, we are cast in relation to them our whole lives long." – Susan Scarf Merell
Indeed, the quote above tells all about the movie script, or does it? To start with, I was quite displeased with the way the film turned out when it started on a good note and all Adam Sandler fans felt it will be a treat to watch him in a double role (as Jill) in this new offering by Happy Madison Productions. Sandler has had a love-hate relationship with his audiences off-late despite the fact that he is a fine actor, take a little bit of Katie Holmes, Johnny Depp and a lot of Al Pacino, the end result should have exceeded expectations, but all that became was a stunned look at the end of the movie reading "what just happened here"?
Adam Sandler gave too much of his potential to playing Jill in the process forgetting to balance out the roles. Jack & Jill are twins and although they grew up together, Jack despises the thought of her leave alone having her over for the holidays. Jack (Adam Sandler) is a successful ad-man in L.A. where he lives with his wife and kids while Jill (also Adam Sandler) is a screechy, aggressive 40-something living by herself in New York City. As a ritual, Jill visits Jack and his family every year on Thanksgiving which by far has been the most dreaded event for Jack. Katie Holmes as Jack’s wife does nothing but smile from ear to ear through the movie and keeps bridging the gap between the siblings.
Dennis Dugan (I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry, Happy Gilmore etc.) has nothing new to offer, the same old jokes are not funny all the time, the only saving grace perhaps could be Al Pacino (Godfather Trilogy, Scarface) playing himself. He is funny at places while unbelievably ridiculous at others when it becomes difficult to believe how he could just lose his heart to a Jill who doesn’t look half as convincing as a woman. Somehow the melon jokes are just not funny anymore. Neither are the sweat or fart jokes. There are subtle racist comments on one of Jack’s adopted children about being Indian, because the child feels "disconnected" due to a fascination with cello tape to stick things to himself. Added to the drama is an annoying talking parrot. Al Pacino’s advertisement for a leading American donut brand was more fun than the movie. All in all, it was one of those bad experiences in the name of a movie, an Adam Sandler movie. A disappointment and will not make it to your Adam Sandler collectibles.
Verdict: Still recovering from the "what just happened" expression.