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DVD Review: Jack and Jill

March 6, 2012

Jack and Jill – A Sony Pictures’ Release

http://www.sonypictures.com/homevideo/jackandjill/

DVD Release Date: March 6th, 2012

Rated PG for crude content and violence

Running time: 91 minutes

Dennis Dugan (dir.)

Steve Koren (screenplay)

Adam Sandler (screenplay)

Ben Zook (story)

Rupert Gregson-Williams (music)

Adam Sandler as Jack Sadelstein/Jill Sadelstein

Al Pacino as Himself

Katie Holmes as Erin Sadelstein

Eugenio Derbez as Felipe/Felipe’s Grandma

Our reviews below:

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Jack and Jill DVD Review By John C.

*1/2 (out of 4)

Jack (Adam Sandler) is a rich commerical director who happily lives with his wife (Katie Holmes) and their two kids.  But then his loudmouthed and lovelorn twin sister (Adam Sandler, wearing a dress and wig) comes to visit over the holidays.  Jill gets the family into all sorts of shenanigans, even having the mentally unstable Al Pacino (Al Pacino, playing a loose version of himself) falling for her at a basketball game.

Seemingly made up of a series of lame sketches, Jack and Jill is a juvenile film of sweat stains and fart noises, that just made my worst list for last year.  Are there are a handful of moments where you might chuckle thoroughly in spite of yourself?  Yes, but they come in shock at how low Adam Sandler is actually going to try and get a laugh.  Although a harmless trainwreck that might provide some entertainment to young fans of the comedic actor, this is an idiotic comedy that doesn’t hold any merits as a piece of filmmaking.  All I can say is that Adam Sandler and Al Pacino must have really needed the pay cheque.

The Blu-ray includes deleted scenes, a blooper reel and several featurettes.

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Jack and Jill DVD Review By Erin V.  

*1/2 (out of 4)

Jack and Jill tells the story of Jack (Adam Sandler), who’s twin sister Jill (also played by Adam Sandler) comes to stay for a holiday.  She keeps on staying longer and longer – much to his annoyance – so he starts trying to matchmake her a date so that she won’t be lonely and will leave him and his family alone.

Watch the trailer for this one.  Adam Sandler looks nothing like a woman, which is part of the only amusing thing about this one.  It is literally so bad, it is mildly entertaining.  That being said though, it is still bad.  One has to look at people like Al Pacino who are in this film and wonder what they were thinking when they signed on.  This being said, if you put a 10 year old in front of this one, they would probably find it hilarious.  For the rest of us, unless you just happen to see it on TV or something, it really isn’t one to seek out.

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Jack and Jill DVD Review By Nicole

*1/2 (out of 4)

Jack and Jill is a silly comedy about family get togethers and the sibling rivalry that often ensues.  Jack (Adam Sandler) lives with his wife (Katie Homes) and two kids.  They lead a happy life, but when Thanksgiving rolls around, Jack’s twin sister Jill (Adam Sandler, again) visits, turning the family upside down.  And when Al Pacino falls in love with Jill, the movie gets really silly.

If you’re thinking “what the heck,” then you have an idea about the ridiculousness of Jack and Jill.  However, it is fine for kids in the 8-12 range, as it has a nice family message and kid-friendly humour.

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Jack and Jill DVD Review By Maureen

*1/2 (out of 4)

You really need to like Adam Sandler a whole lot to enjoy this “what were they thinking” mediocre comedy with Sandler playing the dual title title roles of identical twins Jack and Jill.

Twin Jack leads a nice life as an ad executive in Los Angeles.  He has a pretty wife (Katie Holmes) and two kids, a daughter named Sofia (Elodie Tougne) and an adopted South Asian son, Gary (Rohan Chand).  Jack dreads twin sister Jill’s annual visit for Thanksgiving and their birthday.  Jill is annoyingly obnoxious, over forty and single.  Perhaps, thinks Jack, if Jill could find a man she wouldn’t be hanging around with them so long.  Part of the humour of course is that Jill is not attractive, because Adam Sandler in drag is not a pretty sight.  Despite Jill’s manly looks, Al Pacino (playing himself) is smitten by her and goes to great lengths to pursue the object of his affections.  However, he has competition from Jack’s Mexican gardener, Felipe (Eugenio Derbez) who finds Jill a delight to be around.

On a positive note, Adam Sandler knows how to make family friendly comedies.  Jack and Jill contains no offensive language or sexual content.  The humour of the poops, farts and “look that man’s wearing a dress and has big boobies” variety is guarenteed to keep six to 12-year-olds amused and giggling.  In keeping with the family values, Jack and Jill work out their issues and Jill finds love.  All’s well that ends well.  It’s too bad that the performances all around are rather mediocre.  Adam Sandler has done better movies for families, particularly the sweet Bedtime Stories.  I’m not sure what motivated Al Pacino to play himself, and the rest of the cast is equally unmemorable.

Families looking for mindless entertainment for kids on a rainy day may want to rent this one, but Jack and Jill is one of those movies that only die hard Sandler fans will want to watch.  Either way, you’ll never look at twins the same way ever again.

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Jack and Jill DVD Review By Tony

*1/2 (out of 4)

Jack and Jill are twins, both played by Adam Sandler. Jack makes TV commercials in Los Angeles where he lives with his wife Erin (Katie Holmes) and kids. Jill is coming from the Bronx for Thanksgiving but stays a lot longer. Jill is loud and boorish and desperate for a man in her life. Jack’s Mexican gardener actually likes her but Jack is shocked that Al Pacino, whom he needs to pitch for a coffee campaign, has a crush on Jill as a fellow Bronx native.

Like most Adam Sandler vehicles from his Happy Madison company, Jack and Jill is uneven but largely harmless family entertainment. With a large cast including a lot of the usual SNL alumni, it has some good gags mainly aimed at commercial TV. Al Pacino has fun as a caricature of himself and as Jack, Adam Sandler makes a good straight man. Unfortunately as Jill, Sandler in drag with a voice like Ed Wynn is really annoying.

I liked Zookeeper, the last Happy Madison film I saw, where Sandler’s role was limited to voicing a monkey. Unfortunately, Jack and Jill too often depends on cheap laughs and cannot be recommended for all but the most diehard Sandler fans.

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Consensus: With Adam Sandler reaching a new low to play both the male and female title roles, Jack and Jill is a dumb comedy of stale jokes that is only watchable for kids and hardcore fans of Sandler.  *1/2 (Out of 4)

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