Adam Sandler’s cross-dressing comedy Jack and Jill hits theaters this week and we couldn’t help but cringe for the once prolific comedic actor.
Jack Sadelstein (Sandler) is an advertising director based in Los Angeles. He's living a comfy life with his wife (snooze-fest Katie Holmes) and kids. When his overbearing, tactless, and spinster twin sister Jill (Sandler in drag) decides to pay a visit, his life is turned upside down. He decides to find a mate for his sister in order to get her out of his hair. This comes in the form of Al Pacino (playing himself) who develops a fondness for his offensive sibling.
Indeed, it ain't.
Rotten Tomatoes scored the movie with a disappointing 3%. It's even worse than what we thought was the worst movie ever, Norbit, by 6 percentage points. Just awful.
And critics have not held back at shooting down the movie for its offensive humor and lack of depth. Time Out called it “Totally mediocre,” while Detroit News claims “The apocalypse starts here.”
One would think that double the Sandman would mean double the comedy, but when the plot of your movie is like one of those parody films from Funny People (if you’ve seen the 2009 Judd Apatow drama/comedy you’ll remember "Re-Do," the movie within the movie where Sandler turns into a baby) and Al Pacino is your punch line, it begs the question: What the fuck is going on Adam Sandler?
All Grown Up
The thing is, you see, is that Adam Sandler is no longer a frat boy. At 45-years-old he is an adult who seems to have lost that youthful comedic mojo he once had in the 90s. Sandler’s most successful and most hilarious comedies were born from the kind of humor that catered to rowdy college kids and doped-out stoners.
Remember Billy Madison? How about Happy Gilmore? And Water Boy’s Bobby Boucher? How about Little Nicky?
The quotable quotes from these movies are endless. The crass and in-your-face humor mixed with Sandler’s grasp for the sensibilities of the underdog character were a tried-and-tested formula. It seems, however, that not even a bong load could save Jack and Jill.
In an interview with collider.com Sandler mentioned that his little daughter was really excited for his gender-bending role. So, hey, maybe he was doing it for his kids.
But really, would you entrust your hard earned career to your 6-year-old? You don’t see Brad Pitt wearing a fat-lady suit.
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