I liked Sandler’s Click probably because I’ve been watching way too many of his films lately. I end up enjoying his serious stuff along with the juvenile stuff and all the stuff in between. I actually like this movie because it really showcases all of Sandler’s talents as both a comedian and an actor.
I think all great comedians eventually reach a point where comedy alone just doesn’t cut it. The jokes dry up as the comedian grows up and matures. I still miss Eddie Murphy when he wasn’t preoccupied with philosophical stuff or worried about the Disney market. I think Sandler can still pull off a more balanced comedy that stays true to his origins.
The plot of Click is hardly original but not necessarily boring, especially in the hands of skilled craftsmen, a universal remote to control not appliances but the owner’s entire universe. Sandler is Michael Newman, an over-worked and under-appreciated architect and father. He stumbles upon a secret lab tucked away in the local bed and bath where he’s looking for a universal remote to overcome his klutziness with house appliances. Instead, he’s given a remote that can pause, mute, and fast forward entire scenes and people in his life. What he doesn’t know is that the remote’s auto-learning knows more about him than he realizes and that you can’t go back and live the parts you fast forward. All you get in return is a hazy recollection and TV archives of the time you spent on auto-pilot.
I loved it. The scenes near the end were really moving as he reflects on life and wishes he can really cherish the things that need to be cherished other than his career, that fast-forwarding the "boring bits" lead you to miss the greatest things that life has to offer.