Despite its apparently original premise, Click is really yet another one of these films. Instead of pushing a great idea to the limits, as Charlie Kaufman did in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, writer Steve Koren is content to merely rehash A Christmas Carol with a technological twist. There are some clever details about the way the remote works, but the screenplay takes the easy way out most of the time.
And then there is the humour. How is it that a man given total control over his universe uses this power to fart in his boss’s face and skip foreplay with his wife? And why does this man’s main rival in the film appear to be the 11-year-old from next door? It’s not that the sucker punches and poo-poo jokes aren’t vaguely amusing, it’s more that such a great opportunity for truly original humour was discarded in favour of lowest common denominator drek.
But, however grumpy you may be, Click is still a lot of fun. Watching David “the Hoff” Hasselhoff hamming it up is worth the entry price, as is a chance to see the great Christopher Walken doing his patented creepy guy schtick. And then there’s Sean Astin in a Speedo (yep, a nice, tight, red one) and the unbelievably gorgeous Kate Beckinsale in a series of skimpy outfits. Never mind the fact that two fine actors are reduced to buffoons and sex objects, as long as we get our money’s worth.
Ultimately Click amounts to little more than a series of excuses. It’s an excuse to put Sandler in a fat suit, an excuse to dress Rob Schneider as an Arab sheik, an excuse to put underwear models and fart jokes on screen again. It’s an excuse to expose as many of Beckinsale’s charms as possible without losing the PG13 rating, and an excuse to feature a golden retriever that spends most of the movie making sweet love to an oversized stuffed toy.
As far as his fans are concerned, Sandler needs only the flimsiest of excuses to feed them more their favourite things. Yep, Adam Sandler is a smart guy. It’s just a pity his movies aren’t as smart, or as funny, as he is.
- Alistair Fairweather
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