It’s dull, it’s dumb, it predictably tries to turn into a “tug at the heartstrings” type movie along the way. Adam Sandler isn’t just ugly as hell in drag, he makes his “sister” character a shrill, annoying, emotionally fragile nightmare of a character.
But maybe I’ve just run out of hyperbole for the weekend, maybe I’m just happy a movie tries to entertain after the waterboarding that was “J. Edgar”, maybe I’m just happy to still be sane after watching “Immortals”.
Whatever it is, I’m feeling merciful here, sorry if that disappoints anyone.
While it’s FAR from recommendable, by any strecth of the imagination, it’s not the horrifying F minus minus of a movie that I thought it would be.
Serioulsy, it’s not GOOD, not at all, don’t get me wrong. It’s a bad movie. But I think the film world was prepared for this to be one of the seven signs of the Apocalypse, and it’s not all of that. It’s not the worst film I saw in the “Trilogy of Terror” (That would be “Immortals”) and it may not even be the worst Adam Sandler film I’ve seen this year (“Just Go With It”).
As everyone knows, Sandler plays dual roles here as a man whose twin sister is comes to stay with his family. She’s (obviously) a very homely woman, and seriously lacking in the social graces department. When she makes absolutely no secret of the fact that she’s suffering from lonliness, Sandler needs to hook her up in order to get her out of his house.
You’d THINK that Sandler in drag would be nightmare enough, but…. its not. Instead, he makes the “Jill” character shrill, dumb, hypersensitive to criticism, a couple oversharer, and incredibly needy. We get to listen to her go to the bathroom, we get to check out her pit stains on her clothes, we get to watch her put on gigantic pink oversized granny panties, and of course, there’s 728 jokes about her being ugly. I counted.
But the most amazing thing is that the movie got Al Pacino to sign on, playing himself, and falling head over heels for her (Adam Sandler in drag) romantically.
Read that again.
No, really. One more time, sink that in for a minute.
It’s not in the marketing – I wasn’t aware of it until I saw it just now. But Al Pacino plays Al Pacino… smitten with “Jill”. I’m not making that up. Supposedly (in one of the most BLATANT product integrations EVER) Dunkin’ Donuts wants Al Pacino to be in a commercial for them, advertising Dunkaccinos, because his name rhymes with their product. The level to which they incorporate that into the movie takes product placement into another stratosphere.
Of course, I’d be far more upset if I didn’t love Dunkin’ Donuts so much myself.
So anyways, Sandler is an ad exec charged with pitching the commercial to him. Typical movie comedy this leads to that leads to this stuff ensues and when Sandler finally meets Pacino, he’s got “Jill” with him. Pacino – playing as Al Pacino – sees this woman and falls head over heels, trying to woo her.
I mean, it’s bad. It’s really, really bad. But there’s enough occasionally redeeming things along the way to keep me from absolutely crucifying it. There’s an occasional joke here or there that land, and I actually thought the entire Mexican Picnic scene was funny (for those who have seen this). Not the “aftermath” if you will, but the scene itself. And along the way, while there – undeniably – were a bunch of cringe inducing moments, it wasn’t as excruciating as I had imagined it would be.
And you know? Sandler’s trying here. I’m not his hugest fan, I’m not his hugest detractor either, but I think a reason that a lot of these comedians fail is they start cashing checks and stop trying to be funny. Say anything else you want, but I think this was an effort – he took a shot - to be funny. I can hear him thinking “I will put on a dress, I will make a dumb voice, I will do whatever it takes, but I’m going to make people laugh…” It may have been a misguided effort, he may have failed at it, but it was an effort. Which is more than I picked up from him in “Just Go With It”.
It does indeed suck, but it’s not the worst movie ever made.