Picks and Pans Review: Click
updated 07/03/2006 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 07/03/2006 AT 01:00 AM EDT
Adam Sandler must suffer from the misconception that he's a modern-day version of Jimmy Stewart: In Click, the SNL vet attempts to put his own spin on It's a Wonderful Life. As architect Michael Newman, he's able to review his past life and see into his future, thanks to a magical remote control. The device also allows him to mute his wife (Beckinsale) when she berates him, to speed through boring family dinners and to hit slow-motion when a buxom jogger runs by. Mostly, he uses the remote to fast-forward through his home life in favor of achieving career success only to realize too late—or is it?—that he has misplaced his priorities.
Whether you sigh "Awww" or say "Eeewww" to this will have a lot to do with your feelings toward Sandler and the angry-but-really-a-nice-guy shtick he passes off as a comic persona. But no matter your stance on its star, Click fails to click. Even though the movie is a mere 97 minutes long, it seems endless, revisiting jokes (including one about the family dog having sex with a stuffed animal) and allowing Sandler to grandstand shamelessly. (PG-13)