Click (2006 film)

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Adam Sandler holding a television remote control
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Frank Coraci
Produced by
Written by
  • Steve Koren
  • Mark O'Keefe
Narrated by James Earl Jones
Music by Rupert Gregson-Williams
Cinematography Dean Semler
Edited by Jeff Gourson
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release dates
  • June 23, 2006 (2006-06-23)
Running time
107 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $82.5 million
Box office $237.6 million[1]

Click is a 2006 American science fiction comedy-drama film directed by Frank Coraci, written by Steve Koren and Mark O'Keefe, and produced by Adam Sandler, who also starred in the lead role. The film co-stars Kate Beckinsale and Christopher Walken. The film was released in the United States on June 23, 2006. It was distributed by Columbia Pictures.

Sandler plays an overworked architect who neglects his family. When he acquires a universal remote that enables him to "fast forward" through unpleasant or outright dull parts of his life, he soon learns that those seemingly bad bits contained vital parts of life's lessons. Filming began in late 2005 and was finished by early 2006. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Makeup, making this the only Sandler film to be nominated for an Oscar.


Michael Newman (Adam Sandler) is a hardworking architect who is married to his longtime sweetheart, Donna (Kate Beckinsale) with two children, Ben and Samantha. Michael is easily pushed around by his overbearing boss, Mr. Ammer (David Hasselhoff). On numerous occasions, Michael willingly sacrifices time with his family to work so he can give them the kinds of possessions he never had. While going in search of a universal remote control at Bed Bath & Beyond, Michael falls onto a bed and then proceeds to the section marked "Beyond". There, he befriends a mysterious man named Morty (Christopher Walken), who gives him a "universal" remote control and warns that it can never be returned.

To Michael's amazement, he finds that the remote can control the actual universe, particularly time. Michael uses the remote to goof around at first, but then also to use it for his benefit such as interpret for foreign clientele or revisit events in his life such as the first time he met Donna. A revisit to Michael's childhood shows that during a family vacation in New Hampshire, the other kids declined his invitation in favor of another family who had more compared to his family, showing an insight to Michael's adult nature. However, Michael also uses it to skip quarrels with Donna, not have to suffer a cold by skipping to the point of recovery, and skip a family dinner to finish an important project. Later, Morty reveals that when Michael fast-forwards through time, his body is on "auto-pilot" - his mind skips ahead, while his body goes through the motions of everyday life. After Mr. Ammer promises Michael a partnership, he decides to skip ahead to it, but ends up skipping a year of his life since it took him that long to actually get the promotion. Michael also finds out that he is in marriage counseling, his children prefer to watching CSI instead of their favorite cartoon Dragon Tales, and missed the death of his dog. When the remote begins fast-forwarding without Michael controlling it, Morty warns the remote programs itself according to Michael's previous commands. Michael's various attempts to dispose of or destroy the remote fail, so he resolves to change his life so that the remote can't control him. The next day, Mr. Ammer tells Michael he is retiring, and in the course of the conversation Mr. Ammer suggests one day Michael may end up CEO. Momentarily forgetting his idea to outfox the remote, Michael remarks to say he would like to end up CEO, the remote reacts accordingly and fast-forwards to 2017. Michael is now the CEO with all the material wealth he wished for his family. However, he is also morbidly obese , his daughter and son are 14 and 17 years old, his daughter dresses inappropriately and his son suffers from being overweight along with low self-esteem, he and Donna are divorced, and they all resent his presence, as Michael now lives in a separate residence. Michael also discovers that Donna is now dating Ben's childhood swim coach, Bill. Michael visits his old house and, after fighting with Donna and Bill, the new family dog pounces on him, and he falls and hits his head on a brick wall, knocking him unconscious.

The remote having "learned" from Michael having skipped his cold, it transports him six years into the future in the year 2023, as he had not been healthy a single day over those six years: Donna recounts how a precautionary CAT scan after the fall revealed cancer, and how Michael ate so prolifically during chemotherapy as to subsequently suffer from a heart attack, becoming the first person to actually gain weight during chemotherapy. In those six years, Michael is no longer obese thanks to three liposuction surgeries, Donna has married Bill, and Ben has gone into his father's line of work. Michael is devastated when Ben tells him his father Ted died, and Michael, while visiting his father's tomb, tries to use the remote to go to when Ted was on his deathbed, but Morty shows up to say the remote only works for times and places where Michael had been present; Ted's final moments not being one of them. Michael instead uses the remote to take him to the point when he last saw Ted alive; which is revealed to be Ted making an impromptu visit to his son and grandson's office. While on auto-pilot, Michael brusquely rejected Ted's offer for a night out with him and Ben and reveals to his father that he's always known how he did his quarter trick. Heartbroken, Ted says to Michael, his last words, "I love you, son" and walks away with Ben. During Michael's grief, Morty reveals he is in fact the Angel of Death. Upset with his life, Michael begs to go to a "good place", and fast forwards to Ben's wedding in 2034. There, he witnesses Samantha call Bill "Dad", and the shock triggers a second heart attack. When Michael awakens, Morty appears to tell him that he chose his path and he cannot do anything about it. Michael's family arrives and Ben reveals that he has canceled his honeymoon in order to work on an important deal that will keep his business going. Shocked and not wanting Ben to make the same mistakes he did, Michael rushes after him. A nurse attempts to stop him, but Michael manages to jab the man with a sedative. He ignores Morty's repeated warnings that he will die unless he goes back to the hospital, saying he must get in his last words to his family. Michael reaches his family and collapses, but manages to convince Ben that family comes first; he reassures the rest that he still loves them (including Bill, much to his surprise) and Morty comes up to take him.

There is a white flash, in which Michael wakes up in the present day on the bed he collapsed onto at Bed Bath & Beyond after believing that the future events have all been a dream. A reformed Michael gives his business card to a man who claims he has no friends, offering to befriend him, then goes to his parents' house saying that he's always wanted to know how did his father master the quarter trick, and that they are always welcome at his home anytime, then Michael goes back to his private residence. At home, Michael reassures Donna, Ben, and Samantha of his affection for them, agreeing to help the family with their plans for the summer camping trip and that he will never sacrifice them for work again. As he celebrates being home, Michael finds the remote and a note sitting on his kitchen counter, making Michael realize it was not a dream, but in fact a warning. The note is from Morty saying that "good guys need a break" and that he knows Michael will do the right thing this time. Michael thanks Morty but then disposes of the remote in his trash bin, and goes to enjoy his wife and kids.



In March 2006, it was announced that Frank Coraci would direct an American science fiction comedy movie in 2006 called Click, Jack Giarraputo, Neal H. Moritz, Steve Koren and Mark O'Keefe would produce the film but Steve Koren and Mark O'Keefe would write the film, Rupert Gregson-Williams would be the composer for the film, James Earl Jones would be the narrator of the film, Adam Sandler (also producer), Kate Beckinsale, Christopher Walken, Henry Winkler, David Hasselhoff, Julie Kavner, Jennifer Coolidge and Sean Astin, Revolution Studios, Happy Madison and Original Film would be developing the film, Columbia Pictures would distribute the film, Jeff Gourson would be the editor for the film and Dean Semler would be the cinematographer for the film.

The film shares a similar plot to a story from the Goosebumps book series, also entitled "Click", which was made into an episode of the franchise's television series in 1997.[3] The content of the show prompted widespread discussion over whether the material was influential or borrowed for the 2006 film.[4][5][6][7]


The film screened out of competition at the San Sebastian International Film Festival.


Critical reception[edit]

Rotten Tomatoes gave the film a score of 32% based on 167 reviews, giving the film a "Rotten" rating. The average score is a 4.7 out of 10, with the consensus being "This latest Adam Sandler vehicle borrows shamelessly from It's a Wonderful Life and Back to the Future, and fails to produce the necessary laughs that would forgive such imitation."[8] Metacritic gave it a score of 45 out of 100 which indicates "mixed or average reviews".[9] Click grossed $137,355,633 in the United States and $100,325,666 internationally, with a total gross of $237,681,299 worldwide.[1]

Awards and nominations[edit]


  1. The Cars - "Magic"
  2. The Kinks - "Do It Again"
  3. The Offspring - "Come Out and Play"
  4. Gwen Stefani - "Cool"
  5. Carole King - "I Feel the Earth Move"
  6. Irving Gordon - "Be Anything (but Be Mine)"
  7. Parliament - "Give Up the Funk (Tear the Roof off the Sucker)"
  8. Boots Randolph - "Yakety Sax"
  9. Walter Wanderley - "Summer Samba"
  10. Peter Frampton - "Show Me the Way"
  11. Captain & Tennille - "Love Will Keep Us Together"
  12. Toto - "Hold the Line"
  13. T. Rex - "20th Century Boy"
  14. Tears for Fears - "Everybody Wants to Rule the World"
  15. Nazareth - "Love Hurts"
  16. The Andrea True Connection - "More, More, More"
  17. Loverboy - "Working for the Weekend"
  18. The Cranberries - "Linger"
  19. Frank Sinatra - "I'm Gonna Live Till I Die"
  20. The Strokes - "Someday"
  21. Ric Ocasek - "Feelings Got to Stay"
  22. Jimmy Van Heusen - "Call Me Irresponsible"
  23. U2 - "Ultraviolet (Light My Way)"
  24. Air Supply - "Making Love Out of Nothing at All"
  25. New Radicals - "You Get What You Give"

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Click (2006). Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2010-10-29.
  2. ^ a b Willis, John; Monush, Barry, eds. (2010). Screen World Volume 58: The Films of 2006. Applause Theatre & Cinema Books. p. 74. ISBN 978-1557837295. 
  3. ^ "Goosebumps" Click (TV Episode 1997). IMDb. Retrieved 2015-07-26.
  4. ^ TIL of an episode of Goosebumps called "Click", which preceded the movie and has an identical plot.. Reddit. Retrieved 2015-07-26.
  5. ^ "Goosebumps" Click (1997) Reviews & Ratings. IMDb. Retrieved 2015-07-26.
  6. ^ Movies that were blatantly plagerized. The SuperHeroHype Forums. Retrieved 2015-07-26.
  7. ^ IMDb "Click" Message Boards. IMDb. Retrieved 2015-07-26.
  8. ^ Click Movie Reviews, Pictures. Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2010-10-29.
  9. ^ Click Reviews, Ratings, Credits. Metacritic. Retrieved 2010-10-29.

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