Hard-working architect Michael Newman (Adam Sandler) never seems to get quality time with his lovely wife Donna (Kate Beckinsale) and two kids (Joseph Castanon and Tatum McCann). He spends all his time at work, in a bid to get a promotion from his insufferable boss Ammer (David Hasselhoff). When Michael goes shopping for a Universal Remote Control to replace the many remotes on his coffee table, he is given an experimental gadget by eccentric shop employee Morty (Christopher Walken), who guarantees him control of his own universe. Michael discovers this is no ordinary remote, allowing him to time-travel through his life at different speeds. But soon he realizes he is missing out on all his life, when the remote starts to control him.
Review by Louise Keller:
While the concept is high on the fun metre, the result is a mediocre Adam Sandler comedy that wavers between slapstick, gross-out, and some unexpectedly dark themes about life and death. It's predictable, often tedious, and sounds funnier than it plays. Just like the movie Multiplicity canvassed the notion of having multiple versions of yourself to cope with daily tasks and expectations, Click goes one step further and suggests skipping over life's tedious moments, and simply zooming in on the good parts. Like the orgasm without the foreplay, the promotion without the hard yards. But although the film's moral reminds us it's all about the journey, the journey of this Hollywood fantasy is limited to only a few rewarding pit stops along the way.
Admittedly, having one's life neatly compacted as a DVD, with menu, pause, mute and fast forward options offers comic opportunities. There is a flash back option to check out old girlfriends, an audio commentary (by James Earl Jones) and a pre-conception sneak-peak. Being able to selectively miss the traffic and the family rows definitely has appeal. And Sandler delivers his own style of laid-back comedy with his usual whiney, monotone-coloured delivery. To his credit, the storyline pushes the boundaries of syrupy escapism, but his character is never endearing or likeable, so there is little at stake. Even the casting of a rather wooden Christopher Walken fails to bring the desired effect. Kate Beckinsale is little more than decorative in the comedy wife-role that Tea Leoni has perfected. However, I did warm to the pairing of David Hasselhoff's egotistic boss with Jennifer Coolidge's over-the-top floozy.
Like Michael, who loses control of his own life, screenwriters Steve Koren and Mark O'Keefe (Bruce Almighty), seem to have lost control of the characters. They are cardboard cutouts and caricatures that fail to click with us.
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CAST: Adam Sandler, Kate Beckinsale, Christopher Walken, David Hasselhoff, Henry Winkler, Julie Kavner, Sean Astin, Joseph Castanon, Jonah Hill, Jake Hoffman, Tatum McCann
PRODUCER: Jack Giarraputo, Steve Koren, Neal H. Moritz, Mark O'Keefe, Adam Sandler
DIRECTOR: Frank Coraci
SCRIPT: Jack Giarraputo, Tim Herlihy, Steve Koren, Mark O'Keefe (story by Mark O'Keefe, Adam Sandler)
CINEMATOGRAPHER: Dean Semler
EDITOR: Jeff Gourson
MUSIC: Rupert Gregson-Williams
PRODUCTION DESIGN: Perry Andelin Blake
RUNNING TIME: 108 minutes
AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Sony
AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: June 22, 2006