Worth a watch.
Adam Sandler plays a dual role in “Jack and Jill,” and he’s a lot better as Jill than as Jack. Jack is a successful L.A. ad executive, and Jill is his obnoxious twin sister who has come for her annual dreaded Thanksgiving visit. For reasons too ridiculous to get into, she ends up being wooed by a seriously smitten Al Pacino.
Sandler has become a good actor of late, but here he gives over most of his talents to Jill, who is so screechy, needy, and lovelorn that you can hardly blame Jack for wanting to fade into the background. Pacino, caricaturing his patented intensity, is pretty out sized as well. This is the first time he has played a character this harmlessly goofy, and it makes you wonder if he’s trying to compete with Robert De Niro, who long ago decided to lampoon his intensity in films like the “Analyze This” and “Fockers” series. Pacino’s grandstanding is funny for a while until you realize that, given the calculated tepidness of most mainstream movies, Pacino may not have many opportunities these days to be great. The part where Jack dresses like Jill in order to meet Al & the entire sequence of events that followed is hilarious.
To sum it up, this movie is definitely worth a watch.
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