Jack and Jill (1 star)

Jack and Jill

Mirthless comedy atrocity sets a new low for all concerned

(PG) 91min

Adam Sandler’s run of popular low-brow comedies has rarely hit the charming heights of The Wedding Singer, but even fans of Don’t Mess With the Zohan or I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry will choke on their popcorn when confronted by his mirthless comedy atrocity Jack and Jill.

Sandler plays Jack, an advertising executive struggling with a request from his client, Dunkin’ Donuts, to ensnare Al Pacino for a new cappuccino commercial. The arrival from New Zealand of Jack’s twin sister Jill, (also played by Sandler), seems to exacerbate his problems until, during a trip to a Lakers basketball game, the homely Jill catches the eye of Pacino himself, who inexplicably falls in love with her.

Working with his regular director Dennis Dugan, Sandler has always relied on celebrity cameos, with Johnny Depp and John McEnroe amongst those lowering themselves here, but the sight of Al Pacino desperately groping Sandler represents a new low for all concerned. After viewing the commercial they’ve made, Pacino mutters ‘Burn this, no one must see it,’ inadvertently providing the only moment of truth is this gross, witless farrago.

General release from Fri 3 Feb.

Jack & Jill

Jack and Jill

  • 1 star
  • 2011
  • US
  • 1h 31min
  • 12
  • Directed by: Dennis Dugan
  • Written by: Steve Koren, Adam Sandler, Ben Zook
  • Cast: Adam Sandler, Katie Holmes, Al Pacino
  • UK release: 3 February 2012

Advertising executive Jack (Sandler) gets Pacino (as himself) for a new cappuccino commercial, but all goes wrong when Jack's homely sister Jill (also Sandler) catches the great actor's eye and he inexplicably falls in love with her. Even dedicated Sandler fans will choke on their popcorn at this witless atrocity.

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