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Written by Sandra Fitzpatrick   
Sunday, 25 June 2006 20:09

Click made me want to change the channel

Click is the type of film Adam Sandler does when he’s tired of expanding his limits and wants to focus on expanding his bank account. But even the hordes of Sandler fans that flock to this movie might be disappointed since it’s not even as charming or quotable as his past offerings.

Click is about Mike Newman, a guy who is struggling to juggle work and family. Sure it’s only two balls but he keeps dropping one of them, usually family. His boss at the architectural design firm (David Hasselhoff) dangles the proverbial carrot every time a major job comes up, promising over and over to make him partner if he accomplishes never-ending tasks.

After a particularly bad stretch of long hours and fighting with his wife (Kate Beckinsdale) Mike is frustrated by how complicated life has become. He can’t even turn on the TV without messing something up. He storms out of the house one night in search of a universal remote and winds up at the only place still open, Bed Bath and Beyond. Walking through a mysterious door at the back he winds up face to face with Morty, (Christopher Walken) an electrician who assures him he has just the remote he is looking for.

Click is a Scrooge inspired tale of figuring out what life is really about. Mike starts out fast-forwarding through small things like taking a shower or getting dressed in the morning. Soon though, he is muting arguments with his wife, skipping past foreplay, and speeding through dinner with his parents. Eventually he realizes that by skipping the hard parts of life he is missing out on life itself and it might be too late to go back.

This movie is exactly what you would expect if you’ve seen the trailer. There are no surprises and you’ve already seen the funny parts. What happens when the script isn’t funny? Way too many bodily function jokes, that’s what. Sandler farts in his boss’s face and plays with a giant flap of loose belly skin. Yuck. If you are thinking of taking kids you might want to think again. There is a fair bit of sex-related humor including watching his parents on the night of his conception (in the “Making Of Documentary” of course). Also, an unfortunate toy duck gets abused over and over by various pet dogs.

Product placement was a central part of the movie, and it wouldn’t be hard to guess who the sponsors are. Mike eats an endless supply of Hostess snack cakes with the packaging always clearly visible on screen. Bed Bath and Beyond couldn’t have asked for better advertising.

So is there anything that makes this movie worth watching? A few good cameo performances certainly help, especially Henry Winkler as Sandler’s father. He’s a pretty good match physically, and his performance was way to good for this movie. Christopher Walken is always entertaining but I fear he is becoming typecast as the face of “Wacky/Crazy Guy” in these types of comedies. David Hasselhoff is pretty funny as the suntanned, womanizing boss who openly admits to sexual harassment while making a speech on the subject.

The film is about living life on auto-pilot, and that is exactly how Sandler plays this type of role. Click tries to teach us not to miss out on life. Well, it worked. Those are two hours I wish I could get back.

I give Click 4 out of 10 stars.