Review: Click

Posted by: Dean Kish  //  June 23, 2006 @ 11:59am

Filed under: Reviews

How we all yearn to control our lives more. Stop to enjoy the beautiful moments, skip the uncomfortable situations, and advance past the work day so we can get some quality time with the people we love.

As many pop-singers and philosophers have uttered, "Life's a journey, not a destination". But it's those in-between moments that make us who we are.

In the new sci-fi comedy Click, Adam Sandler stars as Michael Newman, a workaholic architect who has a beautiful, often-neglected wife (Kate Beckinsale) and two pint-sized children. Newman's life definitely isn't all roses as he often has to bend over backwards to please his pompous boss (David Hasselhoff) in hopes of one day getting that promotion.

Newman's life changes dramatically when he buys a mysterious universal remote control from the "Beyond" section at Bed, Bath and Beyond. All Newman was looking for was a remote to take the place of all the controls he has at home. He had no idea he would end up with a remote that mutes the dog, pauses his wife, and fast-forwards past all the conflict in his life.

Newman thinks all he has to do now is fast-forward to the good stuff and he can live happily ever after. Well that just isn't the case.

Click is a very cute concept at first glance and there are great little Bruce Almighty and Back to the Future-styled moments in the film, but the film's middle is less heavy on jokes and more on telling the moral of the story. It takes itself way too seriously and forgets how much fun a concept the film has to play with.

Adam Sandler is very much his rough, loud-mouthed, average guy that everyone has liked in his previous comedies. But in some scenes in this film he felt a little too insensitive for what was trying to be said.

Also, why wasn't there a slo-mo scene involving Sandler's affections for Beckinsale? He always seemed to fast-forward past her even though in the very next scene he cries out his unconditional love for her. If anyone deserved a slo-mo scene it's Beckinsale.

Hasselhoff is good as the pompous boss, Beckinsale is quite underused, Sean Astin is the butt of the joke, and well, Henry Winkler as Sandler's dad just seemed to fit.

I liked how the world of the remote was done in the film and enjoyed the whole entire concept. I just wish the execution would have been more fun. (3 out of 5) So Says the Soothsayer.

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