Click (2006 film)

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Click
Adam Sandler holding a television remote control
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Frank Coraci
Produced by
Written by
  • Steve Koren
  • Mark O'Keefe
Starring
Music by Rupert Gregson-Williams
Cinematography Dean Semler
Edited by Jeff Gourson
Production
company
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 as his wife Donna and Christopher Walken as Morty. 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 moments that he skips over contained valuable time with his family and important life lessons. Throughout the story, a man named Morty explains how the remote works and issues warnings. 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.

Plot[edit]

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 the retail store 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 for free and warns him that it can never be returned.

To Michael's amazement, he finds that this remote can actually control time. At first, Michael uses the remote to have fun, but then starts to use it for his benefit, including to interpret for foreign clients or revisit events in his life, including a time in his childhood. During a family vacation in New Hampshire, the other kids had declined his invitation in favor of another family who had more compared to his family. However, Michael also uses the remote to skip quarrels with Donna, to avoid suffering a cold by skipping to the point at which he recovers, and to skip a family dinner in order to finish an important project. Later, Morty reveals that when Michael fast-forwards through time, his body is on "auto-pilot," going through the motions of everyday life at a rapid pace. After Ammer promises Michael a partnership, Michael decides to skip ahead to it, but ends up skipping a year of his life. Michael also finds out that he is in marriage counseling, his children prefer to watch CSI instead of Dragon Tales, and he missed the death of his dog. To make matters worse, the remote begins fast-forwarding on its own. Michael's various attempts to dispose of or destroy the remote fail, giving him the resolve to regain agency of his life. The next day, Ammer tells Michael he is retiring and suggests that one day Michael may end up CEO. Momentarily forgetting his plan to outfox the remote, Michael says he would like to end up CEO; the remote reacts accordingly and fast-forwards to 2017. Michael is now the CEO of the company with all the material wealth he had wished for, albeit at the cost of his family's state. He is now severely overweight and discovers he resides in his own residence. Michael is resented by everyone in his family and is divorced from Donna. He also discovers that Donna is now dating Ben's childhood swim coach, Bill. While visiting his old house, Michael fights with Ben, Donna and Bill, and the new family dog pounces on him, causing him to fall and hit his head on a brick wall, knocking him unconscious.

Having "learned" from Michael when he skipped his cold, the remote transports him six years into the future. Michael is no longer obese, 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 has died, and Michael, while visiting his father's tomb, tries to use the remote to go to the moment 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. Michael uses the remote to take him to the point when he last saw Ted alive, which is when Ted made an impromptu visit to his son's and grandson's office. He sees that, while on auto-pilot, he had rejected his father's offer for a night out with him. Heartbroken, Ted says, "I love you, son," and walked away with Ben. 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 2029. There, he witnesses Samantha call Bill "Dad", and the shock triggers a second heart attack. When Michael awakens, Morty appears and tells him that he has chosen his path and is powerless to 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. Not wanting Ben to make the same mistakes he did, Michael rushes after him. A nurse attempts to stop him, but Michael manages to get away and 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 must come first; he reassures the others that he still loves them, and Morty approaches to take him.

Michael wakes up in the bed onto which he had collapsed at Bed Bath & Beyond, convinced that the events have all been a dream. A reformed Michael offers his friendship towards the store's lonely retail associate, and makes amends with his family, vowing never to neglect them. Michael finds the remote and a written note by Morty sitting on his kitchen counter. He realizes his experience was not a dream but a warning. Michael thanks Morty and disposes of the remote in the trash bin, and goes to enjoy the company of his family.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

On February 15, 2003, Frank Coraci was hired and set to direct Click. Steve Koren and Mark O'Keefe wrote the script for the film. Adam Sandler, Jack Giarraputo and Neal H. Moritz produced the film with the budget of $82.5 million for release in 2006. On March 11, 2004, it was announced that Adam Sandler, Emilio Cast, Kate Beckinsale, Christopher Walken, David Hasselhoff, Henry Winkler, Julie Kavner, Sean Astin, Jennifer Coolidge, Sophie Monk, Michelle Lombardo, Joseph Castanon, Jonah Hill, Jake Hoffman, Danielle Tatum McCann, Lorraine Nicholson, Katie Cassidy, Cameron Monaghan, Rachel Dratch, Nick Swardson, Rob Schneider and Billy Slaughter joined the film. James Earl Jones joined the cast on March 14 to play himself and the narrator. On April 8, 2005, it was announced that Rupert Gregson-Williams would compose the music for the film. In May 8, Columbia Pictures acquired distribution rights to the film. Click was filmed at Shreveport, Louisiana.

The film's plot is similar 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]

Release[edit]

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

Reception[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

Click received mixed to negative reviews from critics. 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]

Soundtrack[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]

References[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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