Tuesday 18th January 2022

Click (12A)
Directed by: Frank Coraci
Reviewed by: Paul Fonz

Comedy films are fun, aren't they? Or at least they should be, but somebody somewhere decided that quantity was more important than quality, and these days most comedy films are about as funny as losing a finger. Adam Sandler is a man who has produced some cracking comedies in his time though (The Wedding Singer, Happy Gilmore), but his recent output has been limited to fairly poor comedies and surprisingly credible serious roles.

The Hoff: I like his style
The Hoff: I like his style

Click, curiously falls somewhere between all three categories. It is essentially an ever-so-slightly above average comedy, with some elements that shamelessly pander to the lowest common denominator, and even a more serious turn at the end, bringing to mind such fabular tales as It's A Wonderful Life and A Christmas Carol.

Sandler himself plays, Michael, an overworked architect who continually struggles to spend enough time with his beautiful wife (Kate Beckinsale) and his family, because his boss (David Hasselhoff) makes him work very long hours with the promise of a much-wanted promotion.

In his state of heightened tension, even trying to operate an array of remote controls to watch a documentary on Japanese architecture can cause a man to snap. So Michael heads to his local store to pick up a universal remote, where he encounters Christopher Walken and is given a remote control that is so special, it can control everything in Michael's life. It can even control time and allow him to fast-forward parts of life he doesn't like. If it sounds a bit like Bruce Almighty, but with a remote control, that's because it is.

Now you'd think having a truly universal remote control would be pretty cool, but we've all seen enough films to know that something's going to go awry. And indeed it does. Michael's life begins to go pretty badly wrong following his continual use of the remote, but, of course, things turn out alright in the end. How could they not? He is married to Kate Beckinsale after all.

So, it's all fairly predictable stuff, it's always mildly amusing but rarely laugh-out-loud funny, the soundtrack is pretty good, and it's always nice to see Fonzie (Henry Winkler) and Samwise Gamgee (Sean Astin) getting work.

However, the most ingenious device in this film is that Michael spends much of the film getting home late from work, which means he keeps waking up his wife, forcing her to walk around in her underwear. Now, I don't want to sound like an outrageous pervert, but I am one, which is why I say things like that.

Overall, I've seen much worse comedy films (including ones with Sandler in), but this one's not too bad. Unfortunately, you've probably seen the best parts of this film if you've seen the trailer, which I was forced to watch repeatedly while at the premiere in Leicester Square a few weeks ago. It's a hard life sometimes.

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Length: 107 minutes
Certificate: 12A
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Release Date: 29th September 2006

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