Click (2006 film)

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Click
Adam Sandler holding a blue remote control. The film's tagline appears above him, with its title, release date and production logos below.
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 date
  • June 23, 2006 (2006-06-23)
Running time
107 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $82.5 million
Box office $237.7 million[1]

Click is a 2006 American fantasy 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. Sandler plays Michael Newman, 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. The film was released in the United States on June 23, 2006, by Columbia Pictures. It was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Makeup, making this the only Sandler film to be nominated for an Oscar. It was released on DVD on October 10, 2006.

Plot[edit]

Michael Newman is a hardworking architect, married to his longtime sweetheart Donna Newman with two children, Ben and Samantha. Michael is easily pushed around by his overbearing boss, John Ammer, and often chooses work over family. Michael visits the retail store Bed Bath & Beyond to buy a universal remote control for his home. He stumbles around the various departments before falling onto a bed, and sees a section titled "Beyond". A man named Morty offers Michael a free remote, but warns it can never be returned.

Learning to use the remote, Michael finds that it can control reality much like a television, able to pause, rewind to events in his past, or fast-forward in time. He uses it to fast-forward past illness and arguments with Donna. Morty tells Michael that during these times, his body is on "auto-pilot", going through his motions of everyday life while his mind skips ahead.

Michael is unable to buy promised bicycles for his children, but knowing that Ammer plans to promote him to a partnership, he uses the remote to skip to the promotion. He is shocked to find that a year has passed. During that time, he and Donna have entered marriage counseling, his children have grown up with different tastes, and learns that Sundance, the family dog, had died. The remote, having learned his preferences, starts time-skipping in response to casual wishes Michael makes. Michael attempts to get rid of the remote or destroy it, but the remote reappears in his hands shortly after each attempt.

At work, Ammer tells Michael he plans on retiring, which would make Michael the CEO. Michael momentarily forgets about the remote, and tells Ammer he wishes he were CEO. The remote fast-forwards ten years into the future where Michael is now CEO. While Michael is wealthy and well-off, he has become morbidly obese, Donna has divorced him, and both Ben and Samantha have become moody teenagers. He argues with Donna and new husband Bill, which brings their family dog to jump atop Michael, knocking him into a coma. The remote time-skips several years to when Michael wakes from the coma, and is no longer obese. Ben is now a partner of the firm, and Michael's father Ted has died.

Morty reappears and tells Michael he is the Angel of Death. Michael asks to go to a "good place", whereupon the remote fast-forwards him several more years in the future to Ben's wedding. Michael has a second heart attack when Samantha calls Bill her dad. When he wakes in the hospital later that day, he finds his family there, including Ben. Ben had decided to skip his honeymoon to help fix some issues with the firm, but Michael implores him not to ignore his wife. As Ben and Samantha leave for the airport, Michael tries to follow but collapses again and dies, advising his son not to neglect his family like he had before telling his family that he still loves them. Morty appears to take Michael.

Michael wakes back up in the bed at Bed Bath & Beyond, in his original present. Michael realizes it was all a dream and got a second chance. He races home to rejoin his family. There he sees the remote on the counter with a note from Morty, reading "Good guys need a break". Michael considers the remote for a moment before throwing it away; it does not reappear. Michael joins his family in a pillow fight.

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, 2005 to play himself and the narrator. On April 8, 2005, it was announced that Rupert Gregson-Williams would compose the music for the film. On May 8, 2005, Columbia Pictures acquired distribution rights to the film. Click was filmed in Los Angeles, CA.

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 of the same name.[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]

Rotten Tomatoes gave the film a score of 33% based on 169 reviews. The average score is a 4.7/10, and the consensus is: "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] Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "B+" on an A+ to F scale.[10] Click grossed $137.4 million in the United States and $100.3 million internationally, with a total gross of $237.7 million worldwide.[1]

Awards and nominations[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Click (2006). Box Office Mojo. Retrieved October 29, 2010.
  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 July 26, 2015.
  4. ^ TIL of an episode of Goosebumps called "Click", which preceded the movie and has an identical plot.. Reddit. Retrieved July 26, 2015.
  5. ^ "Goosebumps" Click (1997) Reviews & Ratings. IMDb. Retrieved July 26, 2015.
  6. ^ Movies that were blatantly plagerized. The SuperHeroHype Forums. Retrieved July 26, 2015.
  7. ^ IMDb "Click" Message Boards. IMDb. Retrieved July 26, 2015.
  8. ^ Click Movie Reviews, Pictures. Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved April 19, 2018.
  9. ^ Click Reviews, Ratings, Credits. Metacritic. Retrieved October 29, 2010.
  10. ^ "CinemaScore". cinemascore.com. [permanent dead link]

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