Jack and Jill (film)
|Jack and Jill|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Dennis Dugan|
|Produced by||Adam Sandler
|Screenplay by||Adam Sandler
|Story by||Ben Zook|
|Music by||Rupert Gregson-Williams
|Editing by||Tom Costain|
|Studio||Happy Madison Productions|
|Distributed by||Columbia Pictures|
|Running time||91 minutes|
Jack and Jill is a 2011 American comedy film co-written, produced by and starring Adam Sandler and directed by Dennis Dugan, who has collaborated with Sandler on many of his films. It was distributed by Columbia Pictures and released on November 11, 2011.
The film was a commercial success at the box office with a worldwide gross of $150 million, but was universally panned; it holds a score of 3% on Rotten Tomatoes and became the first film to win in every category at the 32nd Golden Raspberry Awards. It broke the record held by Battlefield Earth for the most Razzie awards for a single film. It is considered by some to be one of the worst films of all time. It was Dana Carvey's first theatrically released film since The Master of Disguise.
The film opens with homemade videos of fraternal twins Jack and Jill growing up. As the videos progress, it seems that Jack is the more gifted twin, with Jill constantly trying to get his attention by hitting him, hurting girls around him, etc. The story shifts to the present, where an adult Jack is a successful advertising executive in Los Angeles with a beautiful wife, Erin, and two kids, Sofie and Gary, while Jill never left the working-class neighborhood they grew up in and continued to live with their Mother until she passed away about a year before the events of the film.
Jack is incredibly irritated about the Thanksgiving visit of his "identical" twin sister Jill, as he has to pick her up at 4:00am. Jack's patience is soon stretched increasingly thin. Jill's neediness and passive-aggressiveness is maddening to Jack, turning his normally tranquil life upside down. Jill ruins Thanksgiving dinner by talking loudly, calling one guest homeless, then running away into the woods with her pet cockatoo. Jill has a list of things she wants to do—be on a game show, go horseback riding, and do a studio tour. She has an open-ended plane ticket and decides to stay until the end of Hanukkah.
Jack's agency client, meanwhile, wants him to somehow get actor Al Pacino to appear in a Dunkin' Donuts commercial. Jack isn't sure how he's supposed to make that happen. Jill tries online dating, but doesn't get much of a response until Jack poses as Jill and alters her profile, leading to more than 100 responses. When her date, "Funbucket", meets her, however, he hides in the restaurant bathroom.
Feeling guilty, Jack takes her to a Lakers game where Pacino is supposed to be. Pacino pays little attention to Jack, but, amazingly, develops a crush on Jill. He gives her his phone number on a hot dog, written in mustard and ketchup. Jack is hoping Jill would leave by New Year's Eve, since the family is going on a cruise. Friends throw him a birthday party and extend it to Jill as well, having never known that he even had a sister. Pacino invites Jill to his home but she resists his advances and abruptly leaves. The next day, Jack's Mexican gardener, Felipe, takes Jill to a family get-together to have fun. Jack doesn't want Jill to be alone on New Year's, so he invites her to the cruise, and she gladly accepts.
A proposition is made by Pacino that he will do the commercial if Jack gets him a date with Jill. Jack disguises himself as Jill and goes on the date in her place. Jill starts to suspect that the only reason Jack invited her on the cruise is to persuade Pacino to do the Dunkin' Donuts commercial. When she phones Jack he answers as Jill, and then she hears Pacino, confirming her suspicions. Jack realizes how much he loves his sister and races back to the ship, but learns that Jill has gone back home to The Bronx. At a restaurant on New Year's Eve, there with a picture of the twins' dead mother, she comes across a group of old classmates that used to make fun of her, led by Monica. They belittle her until Jack and his family show up. Jack and Jill speak in their made-up twin language, then Monica gets Erin in a headlock, but Jill saves her. Pacino also turns up at the party, dressed as the Man of La Mancha, to proclaim his love for Jill. She turns him down and goes home, where Felipe declares his love. She is overjoyed and embraces him.
The television commercial is made, with Pacino starring and singing as he promotes a new coffee -- "Dunkaccino"—with a rap song. But when Jack shows it to him, Pacino hates it and tells him to destroy every copy of this Film and threaten death on all those who have seen it.
- Adam Sandler as Jack Sadelstein
- Al Pacino as himself
- Adam Sandler as Jill Sadelstein
- Katie Holmes as Erin Sadelstein
- Tim Meadows as Ted
- Nick Swardson as Todd
- Allen Covert as Otto
- Elodie Tougne as Sofie Sadelstein
- Rohan Chand as Gary Sadelstein
- Geoff Pierson as Carter Simmons
- Valerie Mahaffey as Bitsy Simmons
- Gad Elmaleh as Xavier
- Gary Valentine as Dallas
- Eugenio Derbez as Felipe / Felipe's grandmother
- Kristin Davis as Delilah
- Cameo appearances
- Dana Carvey as Crazy puppeteer
- David Spade as Monica
- Dennis Dugan as Henry, Pacino's understudy
- Norm Macdonald as Funbucket
- John Farley as Mort the hot dog vendor
- Christie Brinkley
- Drew Carey
- Jared Fogle
- Michael Irvin
- Billy Blanks
- Bruce Jenner
- John McEnroe
- Shaquille O'Neal
- Lamar Odom
- Vince Offer
- Dan Patrick
- Regis Philbin
- Bill Romanowski
- Johnny Depp
Jack and Jill was heavily panned by critics, with some citing it as one of the worst films of all time. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a score of 3% based on reviews from 100 critics, with a rating average of 2.6 out of 10. The site's consensus reads: "Although it features an inexplicably committed performance from Al Pacino, Jack and Jill is impossible to recommend on any level whatsoever." Metacritic, which assigns a weighted average score out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, gives the film a score of 23% based on 26 reviews, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews."
Mary Pols of Time Magazine ranked the film #1 on the Top 10 Worst Movies of 2011. The A.V. Club ranked it #1 on "The Worst Films of 2011" list (along with Just Go with It). TV Guide included the film on its "The Worst of 2011" list. Andrew Barker of Variety said that the film's "general stupidity, careless direction and reliance on a single-joke premise that was never really funny to begin with are only the most obvious of its problems." Internet review show Half in the Bag criticized Jack and Jill for recycling gags from Sandler's previous films, incessant product placement, and laziness in terms of both writing and production quality. They would later call it "the worst thing in the world". The film won a total of 10 Razzies in 2012, setting a new record and displacing 2000's Battlefield Earth which had garnered 9 awards.
Despite generally scathing reviews, the film did receive some positive reception. However much of this was seen as a 'one-off' or a surprise in comparison to the rest of the film. Critic Armond White of CityArts/New York Press caused a storm of controversy when praising Jack and Jill, having stated that "Adam Sandler's movies are not 'dumb fun'; maybe that's why they're not in critics favor." Mick LaSalle of the San Francisco Chronicle stated that while he found the character Jill herself annoying, that "...almost everything else in this comedy succeeds. The central situation...has comic energy...(the film has) successful bits and big moments of satisfying comedy." Tom Russo of the Boston Globe gave the film two and a half stars, writing "What's more genuinely wacky is what a kick this movie can sometimes be, completely in spite of its big, flat stunt."
Awards and nominations
In the Golden Raspberry Awards, Jack and Jill was nominated for every single category, and twice for Supporting Actor and Supporting Actress, and won all 10 awards.
|Kids' Choice Awards||Favorite Movie Actor||Adam Sandler||Won|
|Golden Raspberry Awards||Worst Actor||Won|
|Worst Supporting Actor||Nick Swardson||Nominated|
|Worst Supporting Actress||David Spade (in drag)||Won|
|Worst Picture||Adam Sandler, Jack Giarraputo, and Todd Garner||Won|
|Worst Director||Dennis Dugan||Won|
|Worst Screenplay||Adam Sandler, Ben Zook, and Steve Koren||Won|
|Worst Screen Couple||Adam Sandler and either Al Pacino, Katie Holmes or Adam Sandler||Won|
|Worst Prequel, Remake, Rip-off or Sequel||Ripoff of Glen or Glenda||Won|
The film opened in 3,438 theaters at #2 with $25,003,575, behind Immortals, which debuted in the top spot with $32,206,425. The film closed on February 26, 2012 with a total gross of $74,158,157 in the United States and Canada. It also made $75,515,631 in other territories, for worldwide gross of $149,673,788 against its $79 million budget.
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