Jack and Jill (film)

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Jack and Jill
Jack and jill film poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Dennis Dugan
Produced by Adam Sandler
Jack Giarraputo
Todd Garner
Screenplay by Adam Sandler
Steve Koren
Story by Ben Zook
Starring Adam Sandler
Al Pacino
Katie Holmes
Music by Rupert Gregson-Williams
Waddy Wachtel
Cinematography Dean Cundey
Edited by Tom Costain
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release dates
  • November 11, 2011 (2011-11-11)
Running time
91 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $79 million[2]
Box office $149,673,788[3]

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.[4]

The film was a commercial success at the box office[5] with a worldwide gross of $150 million, but was widely panned; it holds a score of 3% on Rotten Tomatoes and became the first film to win in every category at the Golden Raspberry Awards.[6] 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.[7][8]


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"[9] twin sister Jill, as he has to pick her up at 4:00am. Jack's patience is soon stretched increasingly thin. 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.


Cameo appearances


Critical reception[edit]

Jack and Jill was heavily panned by critics, with some citing it as one of the worst films of all time. Salon stated that Jack and Jill "received some of the worst reviews of any movie ever" upon its release.[12] Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a rating of 3%, based on 105 reviews, 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."[13] On Metacritic, the film has a score of 23 out of 100, based on 26 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews".[14] On Cinemafan, the film holds a 2% rating. The site claims the film "Is a poor excuse for [Sandler] to dress as a woman, and an even poorer excuse for him to hire Pacino." However, one critic from the site gave it a positive review, saying "Forget Nyquil, watch this if you need to knock out quick!"

Mary Pols of Time magazine ranked the film #1 on the Top 10 Worst Movies of 2011.[15] The A.V. Club ranked it #1 on "The Worst Films of 2011" list (along with Just Go with It).[16] TV Guide included the film on its "The Worst of 2011" list.[17] 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."[18] 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.[19] They would later call it "the worst thing in the world".[19] The film won a total of 10 Razzies in 2012, setting a record and displacing 2000's Battlefield Earth which had garnered 9 awards.[20]

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."[21] 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."[22] 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."[23]

Awards and nominations[edit]

In the Razzie Awards, Jack and Jill was nominated for every single category, and twice for Supporting Actor and Supporting Actress, and won all 10 awards.

Award Subject Nominee Result
Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Movie Actor Adam Sandler Won
Razzie Awards Worst Actor Won
Worst Actress Won
Worst Supporting Actor Nick Swardson Nominated
Al Pacino Won
Worst Supporting Actress David Spade (in drag) Won
Katie Holmes Nominated
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 Ensemble Won
Worst Prequel, Remake, Rip-off or Sequel Ripoff of Glen or Glenda Won

Box office[edit]

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.[24] 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.[3]

Home media[edit]

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment released Jack and Jill on DVD and Blu-ray on March 6, 2012.

Extended Cut[edit]

The DVD and Blu-ray release contains many deleted scenes from the film. Putting all those scenes into the final cut turns to a running time of 108 minutes, 17 more minutes from the final cut.

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ Kaufman, Amy (November 10, 2011). "Movie Projector: 'Immortals' poised to conquer box office". Los Angeles Times (Tribune Company). Retrieved November 10, 2011. 
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  5. ^ http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/celebritology/post/jack-and-jill-analyzing-its-box-office-revenue/2011/11/14/gIQA9JH8KN_blog.html
  6. ^ "Adam Sandler movie Jack and Jill sweeps Razzie awards". BBC News. April 2, 2012. Retrieved May 17, 2012. 
  7. ^ Carbone, Nick (February 25, 2012). "And the Worst Film of the Year Is Officially …". TIME. Retrieved May 13, 2013. 
  8. ^ Germain, David (April 2, 2012). "Adam Sandler sets worst-movie record as Jack and Jill wins awards in every category at Razzies". The Independent (London). Retrieved May 13, 2013. 
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  12. ^ "The tragedy of Adam Sandler". Salon. 2011-11-14. Retrieved 2014-06-14. 
  13. ^ "Jack and Jill (2011)". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. Retrieved September 9, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Jack and Jill Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved November 18, 2011. 
  15. ^ Pols, Mary (December 7, 2011). "The Top 10 Everything of 2011 - Jack and Jill". Time. Retrieved December 13, 2011. 
  16. ^ "The worst films of 2011". The A.V. Club. 2011-12-15. 
  17. ^ "The Worst of 2011 - Jack & Jill". TV Guide. Retrieved December 17, 2011. 
  18. ^ Barker, Andrew (November 10, 2011). "New U.S. Release: Jack and Jill". Variety. Retrieved January 1, 2012. 
  19. ^ a b Half in the Bag: Jack and Jill, RedLetterMedia
  20. ^ "Adam Sandler's 'Jack and Jill' Sweeps The Razzies". Hollywood.com. 2012-04-02. Archived from the original on 2012-09-04. Retrieved 2013-01-07. 
  21. ^ White, Armond (November 11, 2011). "Plumbing Ethnicity: Sandler’s Jack, Jill and Tyler Perry". CityArts. New York Press. Retrieved May 27, 2013. 
  22. ^ LaSalle, Mick (November 11, 2011). "'Jack and Jill' review: Jack's funny, Jill's a drag". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved January 1, 2012. 
  23. ^ "Jack and Jill: Critic Reviews". Metacritic. 2012. Retrieved May 17, 2012. 
  24. ^ "'Immortals' #1 With So-So $32M Domestic But $36M Foreign, 'Jack And Jill' $26M". Deadline.com. PMC. November 13, 2011. Retrieved November 15, 2011. 

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