Last night I headed out to the theater to see Jack and Jill, starring Adam Sandler, Katie Holmes, and Al Pacino. I was looking for a movie that would entertain me and make me giggle a bit. I ended up laughing constantly at the slapstick and silly comedy that Adam Sandler brings to the big screen. The underlying tone is sibling relationships and family bonds, especially those of twins who seem very different from each other, but are similar deep down inside. Family guy Jack Sadelstein (Sandler) prepares for the annual event he dreads: the Thanksgiving visit of his identical twin sister, the needy and passive-aggressive Jill (also Sandler), who then refuses to leave.
This movie is rated PG, and I had no problem bringing my 13 year old daughter to see it. If my daughter were a bit younger, I would probably not take her to see this film due to the more crude moments (bathroom attendant touching boobs, lots of gas passing) and the ethnic jokes. We also have seen most of Adam Sandler’s movies, and find him funny, in a stupid-silly kind of way, so we knew what to expect from one of his movies.
As a family, we enjoyed the scenes filmed onboard Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas cruise ship. The jump rope scene was probably one of the funniest in the movie, besides Al Pacino’s crazy antics throughout. Seeing cameos by many former SNL cast members, including Dana Carvey’s first screen appearance in nine years was a neat surprise.
About halfway through the movie I did find this movie a bit on the long side and began wondering just how long the actual film length was (93 minutes but seemed much longer). I looked over to how my husband was enjoying the movie and found him asleep with his hand in the popcorn bag. Unless football or prison is the main theme of a movie, he isn’t really interested.
The bottom line is, this is a movie for an evening of silly laughs but definitely not a thought provoking film that will win any awards, unless it’s a Razzie. If you are looking to take a break away from reality and need some silliness, Jack and Jill fits the bill.
This movie has been getting poor reviews from many critics, but for our family with older kids, we’re just looking for an evening of entertainment, albeit silly entertainment.
Official Website of Jack and Jill the Movie. Now in theaters.