Produced by: Columbia Pictures
Reviewed by Ismael Manzano
When I first heard about the concept for the movie Click, starring Adam Sandler (Spanglish) and Kate Beckinsale (Underworld Evolution and my dreams), I was intrigued by the concept: a universal remote that remote controls your universe. Who wouldn’t like to have that? And with Adam Sandler spearheading the movie, it was bound to be a fun-filled ride, a pleasant diversion for a couple of hours. I was wrong on both counts. Not only did the movie have as much emotionally jarring context as it did humor, but by the end of Click, the last thing in the world I would wish upon anyone, is a universal remote control that remote controls your universe.
Click centers around Michael Newman (Sandler), a semi-successful, up-and-coming architect, with a beautiful wife Donna (Beckinsale), two adorable children and one very horny dog. Michael, beloved by his family, is trying to juggle an increasingly busy work life with the demands of his family, while climbing up the corporate ladder to get his family everything he feels they deserve out of life. The problem: he doesn’t have time for both, and more and more, his family is forced to take a backseat so he can provide for them the things they don’t really need.
Enter Morty (Christopher Walken). In a comical jab at the famous outlet store, Michael goes to the ‘Beyond’ section of his local Bed, Bath and Beyond in search of a universal remote to simplify his life. Morty, a mysterious recluse in the back of the store, offers Michael a special, top-of-the-line remote, so new, it hasn’t even been entered into the store’s computers. Michael graciously accepts the unusual device and ignores Morty’s warning that the item is nonrefundable.
It takes less than a night and one fast-forwarded dog to convince Michael that the remote was more than a garden variety model—way more. Soon he discovers exactly what it can do and wastes no time in playing with his new toy. He uses the remote to let out some of his frustrations with his boss and the neighborhood’s annoying child, as most of us probably would. But when work begins to get the better of him yet again, he turns to the remote again to help. He fast-forwards through uncomfortable family dinners, fights with his lovely wife, and illnesses, so he can get as much work done as possible—personally, I would have paused time and finished my work so that I could have spent more time with the family.
Unfortunately for Michael, the highly sophisticated piece of technology learns his patterns and begins to accommodate his needs without his consent. This is where the tone of the movie shifts from a comedy to a depressing social commentary about the perils of overworking and family neglect. I won’t spoil it for those who haven’t yet seen it by going into details, but if you reread the above paragraph you can get the idea as to what the remote would determine to be Michael’s needs out of life and what it would cut out from it. A series of ill-fated events and misused remote clicks has Michael fast-forwarded approximately thirty years, where he has finally achieved his business aspirations, but everything else is in shambles.
You’ll have to watch to movie to see if they return things to normal or leave Sandler in the purgatory of his own creation.
All in all, I loved this movie. It was poignant, humorous and evocative. Anything that can make you laugh out loud one minute and have you hugging your weeping wife, biting your tongue not to join her, is a must see in my book. Check it out in theaters while it lasts or wait for the DVD and rent or buy it. You’ll love it.
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