Arthur Ariel is a young enthusiastic filmmaker who has been making movies and has written various script including 7 feature scripts.
Adam Sandler’s Click might just be one of the most criminally underrated movies of all time!
Adam Sandler?!? I can see you moving your cursor near that report button over there but hear me out.
If there was ever a movie that gave me more mixed emotion than Star Wars, it’s this one!
In this article, you’ll find out why Click might not deserve all that much hate after all
Making The Case
Click is a 2006 Adam Sandler, comedy movie. It stars the ever so hilarious, Adam Sandler, Kate Beckinsale, Christopher Walken and many more.
A workaholic architect finds a universal remote that allows him to fast-forward and rewind to different parts of his life. Complications arise when the remote starts to overrule his choices.
From a quick glance, it looks just like another bad Adam Sandler movie. When the movie was released, everyone battered the poor boy with bad reviews because of its immature jokes.
That’s where I come in, I think most of the criticism that people have comes from the first act of the movie.
If you actually make it through the first act and delve into the amazing final act, you’ll know this movie is not your average Adam Sandler movie.
But before I review it, I’m going to give you a bit of background:
Adam Sandler is a good actor but a really mediocre filmmaker!
He’s shown throughout the years that he can do really great acting such as Punch Drunk Love and the recent Uncut Gems. But when it comes to his own movies, most of them are just pure garbage.
But I’m going to be honest with you, I could use a few Adam Sandler movies from time to time. Grown Ups 2, with all its stupid joke and a pretty underwhelming story, is still one of those movies I’d watch when I’m super bored. You could even call it my guilty pleasure!
So what makes me think, Click is good?
Why It’s Underrated
It's unfair to judge a movie based on its first 30 minutes or so, unfortunately, we have evolved into a species with a very quick attention span!
I do have to make the case that the first 30 minutes of click has some seriously terrible jokes that would make any grown man cringe.
The running gag with the dog and the first few uses of the actual remote with its immature joke ruins the first impression of it. Most people have already made up their mind in that stage and I absolutely agree that it shouldn’t have been there.
But then, the second act kicks in! The second act shows Adam’s Sandler’s overuse of the remote causes him to experience this time jump which makes him miss key moments in his life.
When the second act plays, we see that this movie has something more to offer than immature jokes. It actually has an emotional story.
The longer the movie goes, the more emotional it gets!
Yes, it has a really immature part where Adam Sandler finally became successful and fat! It kind of ruin the whole magic a bit but to tell you the truth: After that scene ends and the third act starts, boy it hits hard real fast!
That moment when he realizes *SPOILER ALERT* His dad recently passed away. Adam Sandler’s character rewinds his time to watch his own self ignoring his dad in his last few days and I’ll tell you this, it's an absolute tearjerker.
You see in this scene that Adam Sandler could not only act but hit key emotion moments!
After that scene, there’s another time jump that ends him in a hospital bed. The scene where he chased his family in the pouring rain was absolutely devastating to watch.
The part when he tries his best to scream yet he has no energy feels tiring and hopeless but when his son sees him and stops. That was absolutely relieving!
In that scene, he finally ends after giving a message that reflects the core theme of the movie before he finally passes away BUT… It turns out it was all a dream or was it really real?
The ending can be a let down for some people but I really loved it. It feels fitting with Adam Sandler’s quirky style.
Apart From The Story
Apart from the story, the movie’s soundtrack and the movie score is surprisingly really good. It’s not that lame/unforgettable. The hospital scene at the end turns its soundtrack into a whole new level area. You actually feel the emotion in that scene which is rare in an Adam Sandler movie.
The acting is also pretty decent from the cast, except for David Hasselhoff though. Adam’s Sandler’s acting in here was pushed to the max just like in Punch Drunk Love before (even though that was on steroid).
I think both writers Steve Koren and Mack O'Keeffe made a good script with some really bad Adam Sandler Jokes.
But this movie was saved by the director Frank Coraci who’s has been a long time collaborator with Adam Sandler with his Wedding Singer.
Probably the biggest reason why this movie actually worked!
In The End
To judge this story out of the 1st act and all of Click’s atrociously bad jokes is unfair. I can see many people appreciating online and that’s good news for the movie’s seemingly bad fate.
It’s not a perfect movie, but it didn’t deserve all the hate back then and it needs to be run back for young viewers to appreciate and analyze what makes a good movie great and how to ruin a movie in the first few minutes.
It’s not a bad movie. It’s just a bit misunderstood!