Click: The Worst Movie | Big Joel

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  • Lyrics: This was a magical time that we shared With you and me and Click and Jesus up there And I'd like to thank you so much For the times that we had There's good times in a person's life Like meeting their best friend And there's bad times in a person's life Like meeting your bitter end But in the meantime I am happy I could Have your attention today So that we could talk about Click And talk about Adam, Adam Sandler! 'Yo, what's the plot of Click?! I want to know! Well, sit right down, I'll tell you so! There's a guy named Michael, he has a click remote And he can use that click remote to fast-forward time And he can use that click remote to mute his wife And he can use that click remote to change his boss's speech to Spanish And he can use that click remote to see his childhood If I had a click remote, I don't know what I'd do But I think the number one thing I'd do is thank you For being my patrons, being my audience, being my friends, And I know that I have so much to give But let's talk about Click some more It's a movie starring Adam Sandler And by his sides, Christopher Walken, And his wife is played by someone I don't know, But there's so much he has to say And he thinks his daughter is super sexayyyyy He looks at her picture He says "Wow she's hot" Then he's son's like "Well that's your daughter, dummy much?" But he thinks that's pretty weird And so he goes back in time and tells that daughter To stop dressing provocatively Because Click has the answers! [grunt] Click has the keys! The Click has the words that we should be living by, oh yeah! And I wanted to say one more thing about how Click Do you remember??? The scene... When Michael... fast-forwards... And he fast-forwards his dog so that his poop don't take all day long... Do you remember??? And do you remember How it felt to see Michael fast-forwarding that dog...? You probably laughed... And you thought it was so funny... Well, I thought making this video was the best thing I could do I mean, we all have so much to worry about And maybe you're feeling blue So I picked up my remote and made a special video... [cries] And now...! Y-you know...! D-don't worry so much about coronavirus! Don't worry so much about Donald Trump! Don't worry so much about Bernie Sanders! It's all gonna work itself OOOOUT-ah! And I hope that I gave you A moment to share Where the people in our lives could be (Oh-woah) And the things that were said And the things that we did [orgasms] Don't matter in the grand scheme It's as though God has a Click remote It's as though God himself is fast-forwarding time And I can feel my wee life (??) fast-forwarding... [cries] (I'm losing my shit. Thirty seconds I have to do more... Hum...) There's a scene in Click Where Michael fast-forwards through his sex... And then later on, He wants to stop fast-forwarding through his sex... And so he turns to his main man, Christopher Walken He tells him he wants to have sex again, please Because it feels good And I feel like there's something in there to learn

    Lucas AlvesLucas Alves2 mánuðum síðan
    • BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

      Brian Jr SperoBrian Jr Spero19 dögum síðan
    • That's now my favorite Sun Kil Moon song.

      Sean FisherSean FisherMánuði síðan
    • yes

      Michael BirkMichael BirkMánuði síðan
    • I have the shiniest meat bicycle.

      Vegetarian Soylent-GreenVegetarian Soylent-GreenMánuði síðan
    • @God of Warhammer God exists 360 degrees Like unsolved mysteries your mind's tortured by demonic beast It's so fatal no instrumental they hit your central nervous system You die without a funeral for real My eyes still exist with a terror Living without the guide of my father Everyday is like a war we're going through Agent orange man yo is coming after you So get cut like ninja movie with a drama All the way from Hong Kong straight up to China Who needs yah chigidycheck with the mistah The devil talkin on the fuckin speaker You lay back you push back you turn back you pull back Save the fuckin day like yo master kojak As the clock tigiditac you be runnin like a maniac You be talking shit up Well I just think you suck Agent Orange get up get up get up Agent Orange come up come up come up Agent Orange get up get up get up Agent Orange you gotta get up yo Agent Orange get up get up get up Agent Orange come up come up come up Agent Orange get up get up get up You gotta get up yo It's the year 99 come and don't waste time I'm just a young man oh boy spittin rhymes I shine the pain's penetrating to my spine Unexplainable it can't be defined They're hating me stabbing me playing me Still I deal with the hate of the enemy I'm hunted by fear when you speak and you mimic Terrorize my mind like I'm Johnny Mnemonic Explode like atomic deadly with the technic Dance to a song even though without the music So diggidy slide diggidy jump watch the way I flow We all gonna die if you mess with the crow So get victimized when you close your eyes Hit one two and you mesmerize Surprise I never tell you lies muthafucka rise Before they televise get wise Agent Orange get up get up get up Agent Orange come up come up come up Agent Orange get up get up get up Agent Orange you gotta get up yo Agent Orange get up get up get up Agent Orange come up come up come up Agent Orange get up get up get up You gotta get up yo I close my eyes, I close my mind, and still I burn inside (4x) Look away, look away, and still I burn inside (4x) Agent Orange get up get up get up Agent Orange come up come up come up Agent Orange get up get up get up Agent Orange you gotta get up yo Agent Orange get up get up get up Agent Orange come up come up come up Agent Orange get up get up get up You gotta get up yo

      Adonis' fatassAdonis' fatass2 mánuðum síðan
  • I thought the movie was about drugs

    beansdorkbeansdork8 klukkustundum síðan
  • I saw that movie once, when I was also about 12. I didn't like it either. I hated it but I wasn't sure why. It really bothered me but I didn't know why, i stopped thinking about it and forgot most of the film. Now I know why I hated it

    beansdorkbeansdork8 klukkustundum síðan
  • ARE YOU SINGLE?? 🙏🙏

    Luan UranusLuan Uranus13 klukkustundum síðan
    • Oh hum... ok

      Luan UranusLuan Uranus13 klukkustundum síðan
  • "they make me want to die" <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="301">5:01</a> this was so funny coming from Joel man

    BlueMan ThetysBlueMan Thetys13 klukkustundum síðan
  • I just realized you have the same aesthetic as lindybeige

    Joachim MacdonaldJoachim Macdonald16 klukkustundum síðan
  • goosebumps IS hardcore

    Ewa Cameron-GaworEwa Cameron-GaworDegi Síðan síðan
  • i cant believe i just watched a 1 hour a critical analysis of Click

    Ewa Cameron-GaworEwa Cameron-GaworDegi Síðan síðan
  • That movie sucked big time.

    Inachu IkimashoInachu IkimashoDegi Síðan síðan
  • <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="9">0:09</a> That giant nose trimmer floating near your face.

    Inachu IkimashoInachu IkimashoDegi Síðan síðan
  • Pretty sure it's *simulation in this context. Not Simulacra. If I remember right, simulacrae(?) are fake versions of a things that don't exist. Simulations are fake versions of things that do exist. (If thoughts exist, maybe nothing is a simulacra? I was always confused about where the line was there. Is ideal reality real in this context, or just physical reality?) Great vid, btw! Thanks for sharing your pain.

    fisticuffisticufDegi Síðan síðan
  • You look like kubrick

    Maximillian VinogradovMaximillian Vinogradov2 dögum síðan
  • like many others of his ilk, this kid (who is clearly in the smarter-than-the-room club) firmly believes that simply making eye contact with the camera and enunciating each syllable as clearly as possible, counts as a joke. maybe its the vino talking. molto bené

    rob jabbazrob jabbaz2 dögum síðan
  • If "Click" is the worst movie you´ve ever seen, I am sure you didn´t see "Space Mutiny". (I don´t like "Click", either.)

    Howard PopeHoward Pope2 dögum síðan
  • You just dont have a sense of humor

    mapezaidmapezaid3 dögum síðan
  • I just wanted to watch the movie, shlomo

    mapezaidmapezaid3 dögum síðan
  • Your videos make my already existing migraines even worse, like you make me think too much lmao.

    DeathSpellXVIDeathSpellXVI3 dögum síðan
  • does this guy realise that this video just makes me want to watch click MORE? epic fail

    James WhitfieldJames Whitfield3 dögum síðan
    • dont out yourself like this

      c xc x3 dögum síðan
  • Honestly, when you said the comedy brings you no joy, that’s the same way I feel about The Last Airbender.

    JTM MachineJTM Machine3 dögum síðan
  • Please cover Jack and Jill. IMO that is pretty much the worst Sandler movie and my least favorite movie of all time.

    Locoattack 1Locoattack 14 dögum síðan
  • Honestly, I'm impressed you endured 45 minutes, considering this movie

    zookeeperchriszookeeperchris4 dögum síðan
  • jm actually joel its an hour and four seconds so try again better luck next time

    Rob WicklineRob Wickline4 dögum síðan
  • How to know Adam Sandler's character is inhuman there: He doesn't shout "ZA WARUDO" when he pauses with the remote.

    PickleJelloPickleJello5 dögum síðan
  • Wait ... does this mean you're stuck in Italy?

    Rose 88Rose 885 dögum síðan
  • I don't think they 'stole' the idea. Remote control time-stops are all over scifi.

    DistimmerDistimmer6 dögum síðan
  • Basically, Click would work better as a classic black mirror episode about the abuse of amazing technology.

    Joyce RichardsonJoyce Richardson6 dögum síðan
  • what if remote control u

    Ladderadder McglitternipsLadderadder Mcglitternips6 dögum síðan
  • "the joke is he can just mute her when she starts crying" yiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiikes

    changabletruthchangabletruth6 dögum síðan
  • +1 for your A Christmas Carol clip from the Muppets. The best versions of A Christmas Carol and Treasure Island.

    GorgannanGorgannan7 dögum síðan
  • big joel is who convinced me that cuck is in popular discourse now

    lofi raincloudslofi rainclouds7 dögum síðan
  • I thought this was going to be a full hour just talking about the movie. Clearly that was clickbait.

    Pining for the fjordsPining for the fjords7 dögum síðan
  • Without shame, I fully enjoyed this entire hour and the singing was wonderful 😂 also! I actually agreed aloud when you mentioned how much this movie hates fat people. I was hoping it would be brought up. It's really disturbing how violently Click sees fat people as hideous, disgusting, and worthless, and that could spark a larger conversation about fatphobia.

    Jiannaka LimontaJiannaka Limonta7 dögum síðan
  • Jeez. I got through 40 minutes waiting for you to get to it, and I can't stand it, because it seems like you won't. THE LESSON OF THE MOVIE, to my view at least: THINK about what you're doing. Think about the consequences, for yourself and others. If you don't, you'll tend to live on autopilot, be mean and nasty without caring. If you're a mean person but think about your actions and change, you can fix things, but if you just go through the motions, you can't. And be patient, don't go for instant gratification, because that's the same as not thinking: living for yourself and your own pleasant feelings means giving no thought to anything more important than those. THAT is why the remote auto-forwarded, to teach that lesson. It wasn't arbitrary. It was just the gross exaggeration of a living pattern that people (middle aged men?) sometimes find themselves in. Granted, the "family first" was more explicitly given as a moral, but that's just a subset of thinking about your actions. Maybe the writer(s) just couldn't put the bigger lesson into explicit words and have it mesh with the perceived audience as readily, or maybe they just didn't realize exactly what lesson they had in mind, in which case that would be valid criticism. Saying it falls short of classics to which it is mechanically or thematically similar is not valid criticism. Also, comparing to classics is remiss without also mentioning Talking Heads' song "Once in a Lifetime", check it out. Also granted, the jokes were certainly more raunchy than funny. Some comedians work that way; I don't like it myself, so I'll give you that one. But I think it could be stated it fit the moral, because people IN the 'going through the motions' snare in life are more likely to relate, in some way, to that sort of comedy. It's putting pleasure ahead of compassion or serious thought. So, it's likely to (1) get the attention of the people who need the messaged preached at them, and (2) let people examine themselves, say, if they find humor in these same sorts of situations, maybe they're as woefully horrible as a person as Michael is, and should THINK about changing themselves somehow. Further granted, you make the point that Michael didn't change much after this supernatural experience. Didn't become a sensitive, caring person. Well, first, he sort of did, if you look at body language and tone instead of just dialogue. Second, Michael changing is not the point. The point is, he has an opportunity to change, knowing the lesson he does now. The movie's end left the rest of his life course open, with the freedom of knowing what he can do to affect things, which is as much of a good end as the movie needs to feel satisfying (complete, at least). Third, the audience can likewise change, now that they're thinking about what they're doing in their life. If the epilogue portrayed a series of feel-good decisions Michael made to put his new life on a good path, it would have brought too much closure, without letting the audience consider what kind of decisions THEY THINK are right, what's needed in THEIR life. Moral stories are intended to end with a call-to-action for the audience, and portraying limited redemption for Michael was this movie's way of saying 'write your own ending', as it were. Finally granted, I think it's fair to say the movie was a moral story for a specific purpose, and a certain audience. This many years after the fact, that audience doesn't exist anymore, at least not in the same life circumstances as when the movie came out. And those of us who saw this movie as a kid (will) have other issues to be preached to about in strangely comedic fairy-tale moral-story fashion with contemporary settings and cultural sensitivity; this was not the movie for us. So since it's not timeless, and for other reasons mentioned by you, and myself above, it's not a perfect movie. But it's not bad, like you make it out to be. Surely not nearly the worst, your least favorite notwithstanding.

    Ethan HayesEthan Hayes7 dögum síðan
    • From my point of view, spot on. And just anecdotally, most people i know who enjoy this movie is for the moral you explicated on. And it's open ended enough, as good morality tales tend to be, even if it's not a subtle movie on the whole.

      Prince JellyFishPrince JellyFish4 dögum síðan
  • I don't really like movies about choosing families over work because most people don't have that luxury. If you take too many days off or call in sick, your job's gone. Your health insurance. Your income. Your mortgage. Your food. Why not a movie about a boss realizing that maybe he shouldn't be abusive to his employees? Why not a movie that stops victim-blaming and says "Hey! All you managers and owners and CEOs, your employees have lives and families to take care of. Let them do it!" Or have the movie be about the supportive spouse forming a union or something to help their partner get better pay and more time off? Think bigger!

    SadTransHedgehogsSadTransHedgehogs8 dögum síðan
  • And the women never got fat either... or if they were, they were intentionally ugly.

    AnonymousAnonymous8 dögum síðan
  • I only watched Click once and immediately thought it was one of the worst films I'd ever seen, but I couldn't have articulated it as well as you. My main problem with it was the remote taking over and forcing him to skip long periods of his life and replacing him with a braindead clone. For one, that clone isn't him. It's basically an impostor in his body. So when he's rewatching himself on auto-pilot ignoring his dad before his dad dies, it's pretending to be raw and emotional, it seems like Sandler's character is genuinely regretting not being there for his father and family, but these are not the actions and choices that he himself made. This, coupled with the fact that he basically skips through his whole life with no control or memory, as you said, just looks like it was written to be as cruel and vindictive to the character as possible. No thought was used to make these elements serve any narrative meaning or character development.

    Pining for the fjordsPining for the fjords8 dögum síðan
  • The only condition under what I feel comfortable utilizing the term "ugly" is in ascribing it to the common usage of the term "ugly". Paradox?

    Soul MechanicsSoul Mechanics8 dögum síðan
  • I love this video. Of all of the channels in this vein of commentary, you are by far my favorite. I agreed with just about every point. I feel like this problem with Click applies to most films to come out of Hollywood recently with some kind of message, albeit to a lesser degree. Like with the new Charlie's Angels being basically the #killallmen, with how no male characters are treated positively like hold older action movies treat women. It isn't the same kind of weird moral message, rather a social commentary thing, but I just think that Hollywood has always been awful at tactfully delivering a message. Very rarely is there a message that isn't beating the viewer over the head. I personally don't care what the message is as long as it's tactful, but Click, and many other modern films just don't do that well. I can think of so many movies that remind me of Click, albeit it for different reasons. Now I would like to clarify that my point about Charlie's Angels is best summarized by Filmento's video on the film. Identity obsession is a big turn off. I'm not saying that's what this film is, but I am saying that movies that have some kind of agenda (political or not) typically aren't as tactful about it as authors of classic novels.

    Tekassassin The Good LoserTekassassin The Good Loser9 dögum síðan
  • you seem a little too young to drink, lol. but maybe you aren't, idk. some peeps think think i look 16. like, how? i admire your work.

    Alines [Quasev] #7777Alines [Quasev] #77779 dögum síðan
  • shut up ur bald

    Aldrin DichosoAldrin Dichoso9 dögum síðan
  • THANK! YOU! You're the first reviewer I've ever seen reference this fable as the original source. It was so frustrating seeing Sandler shit all over what was a beautiful fairytale of old. And then having no other reviewers even give it a nod.

    Dustin SchneiderDustin Schneider9 dögum síðan
  • An hour long analysis and it's completely missed that just before Adam Sandler stumbles into the Beyond section of Bed Bath and Beyond, he chugs a bunch of cough syrup making this whole movie about... that's right. Adam Sandler robotripping. What would Karl Marx think of that?

    Ryan FitzRyan Fitz10 dögum síðan
  • The fact that the little bullied kid is the same actor as the protagonist of Jedi Fallen Order never ceases to amuse me.

    Olive JacobyOlive Jacoby10 dögum síðan
  • the funniest unintentionally thing in the whole movie, is the whole that the bullied kid is played by Cameron Monaghan, who later also played the Joker.

    Panonymous BloomPanonymous Bloom11 dögum síðan
  • <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="3512">58:32</a> owo

    Olivier BaudertOlivier Baudert11 dögum síðan
  • <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="2780">46:20</a> me, as I write my final technical report knowing full well I only filled 3 of the 5 requirements

    1123581321 341123581321 3411 dögum síðan
  • <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="1485">24:45</a> You just discovered the secret sauce of every Adam Sandler film... aka "the mayonnaise they left out in the sun". It doesn't matter what crap or nonsense that Adam's characters do in these movies, as long as they purposefully put in these moments in the end of the second or beginning of the third act, they trick the casual audience into thinking the film had a "heart" the whole time. I think the earliest example of this might be in the movie "Big Daddy", when Adam Sandler's character decides in the film's second act to just do a complete hands-off approach towards the kid and lets him do whatever the hell he wants while at the same time setting forward the events that lead into the third act in which custody is transferred. While these scenes are meant to be funny to the audience due to the crudeness of seeing an 8 year old swearing and urinating in a classroom, it also makes the issue of when Sonny (Adam's character) decides to buckle down and actually grow up that much more obtuse since we're not only seeing a kid mature, but also a grown man, well, grow up. Ironically, though, Adam Sandler movies in the 1990s saw characters that did see some level of development compared to later years where they followed the Click formula of "character starts out as dick, ends as dick". Red Letter Media, in one of their first major videos that didn't involve Mr. Plinkett, did a long essay about "Jack & Jill", exploring this and Mike & Jay wrote down a list of things coming into the movie based upon experience (in Jay's case) and expectations (in Mike's case), with Jay having "an emotional scene tricking the viewer into thinking that the movie has a heart" being the last entry on his.

    Johnathan BarnesJohnathan Barnes12 dögum síðan
  • Click is the thinking man's worst movie.

    NuDraftNuDraft12 dögum síðan
  • click is the shitty sequel/spinoff of rick and morty

    Adam HedleyAdam Hedley13 dögum síðan
  • who doesnt want to fart in Hoffs face

    Adam HedleyAdam Hedley13 dögum síðan
  • I can't believe you're getting me to slightly defend this movie. but i did watch the whole thing so good job. I think you should think of "Click" in light of Thomas de Zengotita's book "Mediated" which came out in 2005, just a year before this. I never thought about it in terms of him becoming a better person, it's Adam Sandler, I think it's more just a cautionary tale about living your life on autopilot (with de Zengotita's ideas about "options" thrown in). Also, have you seen Nicholas Cage in "Family Man?" Relevant.

    NehedarNehedar13 dögum síðan
  • bruh the comedy is all the same in adam sandler movies

    Adam HedleyAdam Hedley13 dögum síðan
  • Wrong, you are nitpicking and biased. Click is the greatest movie ever, shut up. Yeah, shut off the channel.

    CoolDudejd XDCoolDudejd XD14 dögum síðan
  • <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="2400">40:00</a> Mort wasn't really lying he said he was a young man maybe fat, But I think he was referring to that he'll have time, that Adam sandlers character was always going to be sent back in time, meaning he was going to have time to prevent this and be a better person.

    Wolf Titan ReadingWolf Titan Reading14 dögum síðan
  • if it's similar in one place it's a coincidence if it happens twice or more times you should probably reconsider because then it's a pattern

    anonymusx321anonymusx32114 dögum síðan
  • what is the song at the 19 minute mark?

    syd rsyd r15 dögum síðan
  • Fuck you. Click is on the better end of the Adam Sandler spectrum.

    Josiah KaminskiJosiah Kaminski15 dögum síðan
  • only got to <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="1159">19:19</a> bc i hate adam sandler (and this movie) so much. congrats on somehow making this whole video, not to mention the research

    kitty mkitty m15 dögum síðan
  • WHY DOES BIG JOEL SOUND LIKE JEFF FROM THE OVERWATCH TEAM

    DannyDanny15 dögum síðan
  • <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="3190">53:10</a> this man has put himself through so much video he's mind has went beyond the point of being... a mind, i think i have too, consider me subscribed...

    PotatoPotato15 dögum síðan
  • <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="2556">42:36</a> exactly what I've been thinking the 5 or more times I've watched this movie because... why did i watch this movie so many times?

    PotatoPotato15 dögum síðan
  • You spent a month making this video and only watched the movie three times? (I'm assuming you'd seen it at least once before Edit: confirmed later in the video)

    wheedlerwheedler16 dögum síðan
  • Please watch Jack and Jill it is actually worse

    joshua Kenneyjoshua Kenney16 dögum síðan
  • Click: A Modern Avant Garde Horror Tragedy disguised as a Comedy

    FonchCakesFonchCakes16 dögum síðan
  • Why did i keep watching after 45 minutes

    Garo BriggsGaro Briggs16 dögum síðan
  • This movie contains, for me, the quintessential Adam Sandler Movie line: Sandler, to the bratty kid: "Why are you always trying to hurt me? One day, I'm gonna hurt you back. "

    Matthew LoewenMatthew Loewen17 dögum síðan
  • From Roger Ebert's review: "The movie is being sold as a comedy, but you know what? This isn't funny. [...] the movie essentially involves a workaholic who uses the universal remote to skip over all the bad stuff in his life and discovers in the process that he is missing life itself. Take away the gimmick of the universal remote, and this is what a lot of us do, and it's sad. "It's not just sad, it's brutal. There's an undercurrent of cold, detached cruelty in the way Michael uses the magical device. He turns off the volume during an argument with his wife. He fast-forwards through a boring family dinner, and later through foreplay. He skips ahead to avoid a bad cold. He jumps to the chapter where he gets a promotion. Eventually, he realizes the family dog has died and been replaced by another, his kids have grown up, his wife is married to someone else, and he weighs 400 pounds. It happened while he wasn't paying attention. "

    Matthew LoewenMatthew Loewen17 dögum síðan
  • Watching Big Joel slowly descend into insanity over this hour long video says more about the movie than anything

    Louis RizziLouis Rizzi17 dögum síðan
  • Imagine having to make this because you're finally getting paid a third of a livable wage. In glad you're getting paid, even a bit man.

    Descartes' ApparitionDescartes' Apparition17 dögum síðan
  • you're humor is *drier than the sahara* and i'm living for it

    mhxy beatsmhxy beats17 dögum síðan
  • I remember watching this movie when I was very young ; seriously the ending is cringy and very wierd

    Alizah SadikAlizah Sadik17 dögum síðan
  • one full hour of Big Joel going slowly insane

    Mar TuyubMar Tuyub18 dögum síðan
  • i love click

    MWMTEEMWMTEE18 dögum síðan
  • How tf did he make an hour long video about this?

    vizthexvizthex18 dögum síðan
  • Tbh that movie made me cry as a kid lmao. When he was crying to his family in the rain, shit, gets me every time.

    Laura HallLaura Hall18 dögum síðan
  • If you use your Click remote to fast forward past this video, it will learn to always fast forward through quality content. And then you'll die and you'll wish you cared more about your family (unless they are fat or sexy).

    Alex FilosaAlex Filosa19 dögum síðan
  • why man its a childrens movie, its supposed to be fun to watch for kids! why make an hour long dramatizing video scrutinizing a movie from a bygone age?

    JesseJesse19 dögum síðan
  • <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="3591">59:51</a> BOOOOOOOOOOO

    Brian Jr SperoBrian Jr Spero19 dögum síðan
  • im so sorry i wouldve watched the video and im sure its great but the background piano is just so distracting

    mkmk19 dögum síðan
  • The fundamental problem with the film "Click," with Adam Sandler, is at times it's juvenile humor, however, as a Happy Madison's production, that is almost mandatory, and based on that expectation, it is not excessive, when compared to some of Sandler's other films such as "Happy Gilmnore" or even "Waterboy". When the film sticks to the core plot and leaves out much of the silly low brow humor (with a few exceptions, such as the scene with his wife's crazy friend Janene, or the scene with the Japanese businessmen), it really excels, as the characters are actually interesting and other than the silly humor, the relationships feel real. When the film hits emotionally, it hits hard, and yet at the same time, if you were to take this humor out, it would be a rather mundane, rote, and over sentimental film with just another take on "A Christmas Carol" or "It's a Wonderful Life", so one could argue the humor actually elevates it. There are a lot of themes in this film that I have yet to see touched upon in other reviews. Yes, it plays in to the whole 'Spend time with family bit,' but on a deeper level then I normally see in films especially in a comedy. It deeply comments on how people have a tendency to follow the example they see, and not what they hear. This is aptly exhibited through his daughters use of vulgarities and his son's poor eating habits; both things they watched their father do. We also see this exhibited through some changes in his son later on when those bad eating habits are changed to good habits through the influence of his health nut stepfather (Sean Astin). A constant recurring theme in this film is struggle of money vs time, which we can see started when he was a child in a flashback camping scene, with a rivalry from childhood (we only see this rival in a flashback, in the present we only see his son and wife). His rival's son is constantly gloating about all the "cool" stuff he has, and Sandler's character is very immature, like he has never grown out of that rivalry (cause he has not), and even results to picking on his rival's son, which at times is funny, such as the time his son and the kid our playing catch and he pauses it and moves his glove so the ball hits him in the face. It is truly sad that this man never truly grew up, and what the experience with the remote gives him, is a chance to finally mature in to an adult mentally and emotionally. I would like to say there are not people like this in real life, but I have met them, still stuck in the past, still striving for things in the wrong way, and scared and hurting people in their path out of habit. The only good thing he took with him as hew grew up was his dream of being financially free (which is a great dream to have), but again, he takes the wrong road to achieve it, by constantly trying to bend over backwards and please his boss at the peril of his personal life and family's happiness. It also comments on the pitfalls of a job (something which the American school system programs us to have, rather than say, owning a business and creating a passive cash flow) and how we become controlled by them. His wife at one point even calls him a 'wage slave', which I found to be a very apt description of someone climbing up the corporate ladder. He is constantly chasing a dream that can't happen with a job, it is not possible to have both time and money in a corporate world. Although he is seeking to gain time by losing it in the short term through working hard to move up the corporate ladder. His idea is to get a residual income, the problem is, he is trying to do it through a job, he states to his wife, when he is making millions he will hire a bunch of ppl to do everything for him, but he is using the wrong means to do so, he needs a passive cash flow, not an active one such as job for that, and is neglecting his key relationships in the process, which is the real folly he commits here. He constantly equates corporate success with freedom, and is constantly comparing himself to a childhood rival who 'Has it all.' Instead of just realizing he has it good with his Wife and kids, and actually has a really nice house and life if he'd just see what's in front of him (not that its bad to strive for more, but that plan should be a team effort of the family, not a solo effort, if you are married), but he cannot see it, due to his constant focus on other women, other ppl's money, and why he doesn't like his life, something that most people do, and it is this focus on others and blaming others for our problems that keeps us as humans from ever truly being satisfied. The film doesn't say money is bad or that success is bad, but rather, when that journey neglects your family, it's not a path worth taking. The film aptly shows how marriages suffer when you lose your focus on why (getting more time with your family) you're doing something and the how (the how here being climbing the corporate ladder here) becomes the why instead of the why being the why. Some see the ending as a co-pout, and yes, it is, but by the end of the film the first time I saw it, I saw it as a great relief, as I was nearly hysterically crying the first time I saw it and it allowed me to appreciate what came before without being morbidly depressed, but on repeated viewings, not watching the ending after the sad denouement, might make the film better. I am torn, as to if it it hadn't ended that way, would it have put the focus on his failures instead of how he could change his life around, but if it ended with him lying face up (I suppose it'd be a lot like the ending to the 'Bridge to Terrabithia'), might it have changed the overall message of the film? Given the often light-hearted tone, the ending was congruent with keeping this tone, and the ending was not actually out of character for a film of this nature(13 Going on 30 had a similar ending, but it definitely worked better in the overall scheme of the film), one in which the point was to make you laugh, but hopefully think a little as well. I will say, on repeated viewings, I actually think in a way, since this movie is about choices, and in a ay he forgoes all of his ability to have an active choice until he chooses to die, to to make things right, it makes sense to start over, it is almost like it as a test. So when chooses to never take the remote in the end, I'm not really sure it is a cop-out at all. It may appear that way at first, but he makes things the way they should have been, and this film does its job, when a need a good reminder to put my priorities right, I watch this.

    James RustlerJames Rustler19 dögum síðan