I’m not a movie snob but there’s no way I would do an Adam Sandler movie voluntarily. I don’t dig toilet humor at all. But then I won tickets on Gomolo.com and so decided to go watch Sandler’s latest offering Jack And Jill. In preparation, I fortified myself with burgers, shakes and fries but I needn’t have bothered. It was unexpectedly funny.
Now I know Sandler’s films tend to polarize people into ‘Can’t stand ‘em’ and “Are you kidding? This is Hilarious!” His humor tends to be juvenile and his scripts are usually very disjointed. Rather like David Dhawan movies. In this case though, I can't make up my mind. The tally of cringe-inducing moments and laugh-out-loud moments run pretty much neck to neck.
It’s a story about twins who don’t get along, ending predictably with sentimental claptrap about acceptance and family. Jack, a successful L.A. ad executive dreads the annual visit of his obnoxious twin sister Jill. In a never-sufficiently explained twist, she ends up being wooed by a seriously smitten Al Pacino playing himself. Jack regards this with every appearance of disbelief his audience shares until he realizes that this may help him get Pacino for a critical commercial. Sandler spends much of his time in drag. And yes, the drag act is the weakest part of the script given that Jill is never conceived to be more than Jack in a dress, complete with farts, poop, and other impolite body functions. But the laughs come from Pacino who caricaturizes his intensity and his role as Michael Corleone. One scene for instance where Jill destroys his Oscar and his response to that is hilarious. So too is Jill’s inability to remember a movie’s title. So too is the magic moment when Johnny Depp and Pacino meet Jill for the first time. Racial slurs, potty humor and more potty humor abound. There even more cameos than an awards show and you begin to wonder what Adam Sandler has on these people that they agreed to act in this movie. Technically too, this was pretty low-brow. The CG that enabled Jack and Jill to share simultaneous screen space was shoddy and the editing choppy in places. The in-film placements were glaringly obvious and rather tacky. Dunkin Donuts and the cruise liner certainly got their money’s worth of publicity!
But on the whole, it was pretty good. For an Adam Sandler movie.
Final verdict: If you're in the mood for a Salman Khan type flick like Wanted or Dabangg; that is you want some mindless entertainment.... go watch Jack And Jill.