Jack and Jill Reviewed

Ever wish you had a twin? Someone who could understand and feel what you were going through. Someone who was identical to you in almost every way, a person you know you can always relate to.

But is it always this way with identical twins? I mean are they really that much alike or is it possible that there are some twins who just can’t stand each other. They just want to be the only special version of themselves in this world.

Well this month, Adam Sandler brings us such a story of being kind to your siblings in a rather unconventional way. Perhaps he’s been watching Mrs Doubtfire too many times.

The Plot

jack and Jill is a comedy focusing on Jack Sadelstein (Adam Sandler), a successful advertising executive in Los Angeles with a beautiful wife and kids, who dreads one event each year: the Thanksgiving visit of his identical twin sister Jill (also Adam Sandler).

Jill’s neediness and passive-aggressiveness is maddening to Jack, turning his normally tranquil life upside down. Katie Holmes plays Erin, Jack’s wife.

The Verdict

It was fun seeing Adam Sandler take on both roles of male and female though I must say at times it was hard piece everything together. They touched on his childhood and it seemed that Jack was accepted by his peers while Jill was constantly made fun of. While that explains why Jack doesn’t really like his sister it doesn’t connect the dots well enough.

His kids in the film were also a bit odd, like they didn’t really explain the origins on his Indian son apart from the brief mention that he was adopted but they didn’t dive into his weird habit of taping things to himself. There was potential in that area but it was unexplored.

Thankfully there is more good than bad like for example the movie is loaded with interesting cameos from the likes of Regis Philbin and Drew Carey and even a Johnny Depp appearance was a very nice surprise. Cameos aside, the biggest actor in the film has to be Al Pacino and he showed what a brilliant actor he was. Scarface was doing comedy and boy did he do a good job. He was hilarious and literally crazy. I guess because we’re not used to seeing Al Pacino in a comedy the entire experience was somewhat unpredictable.

In the cinema it was evident the audience was really enjoying his performance because whenever he appeared on screen, the audience just burst out laughing even before he said a word.

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Honestly Al Pacino is the funniest thing in the movie but I’ll give it an extra half a star just because of the good values of the film at the end. Plus seeing Al in that Dunkin’ Donuts commercial at the end was just too funny.

By Connor J. Bale – Movie Manic

Jack and Jill opens in cinemas 19 Jan

Images courtesy of Sony Pictures Singapore

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