So let’s say you had the ability to fast forward through anything…school, work, meetings, church, doctors visits, family reunions, long car rides, and so on…what would you skip?
Michael Newman (Adam Sandler) has a good job, hot wife, and two amazing kids, but he always wants more. He wants the promotions, the extra money, and all of the top notch gadgets. One evening, in the heat of frustration towards the countless remotes in the living room, Michael goes to Bed Bath and Beyond in search of a universal remote. Here he meets Morty (Christopher Walken) who provides him with a universal remote and the condition of not being able to return it. Michael returns home with his new remote but quickly uncovers the fact that the remote controls much more than just his electronics. Before he knows it, the remote adapts to his “settings” and begins fast forwarding him through his own life uncontrollably.
We’ve all jokingly pointed our remote at our pets, kids, or significant other, and pretended to mute them. It’s a fun and harmless joke that now serves as the plot of this film. It genius really. Sometimes the most creative ideas are right in front of us. And speaking more to the plot, it serves as a reminder of how short and precious our lives are. It awakens the childhood hood lessons of not taking your friends or family for granted.
Armed with humor and the right guy for it (Adam Sandler), “Click” is a comedic and memorable flick that I find quite compelling. And with infinite possible actions to take with such a remote that Michael has in his possession, the movie portrays his use of it in a reasonable manner, though I do wish they’d been a little more creative in this area. Being able to view memories (rather than actually time traveling to the past) was an interesting ingredient for this movie. I highly admire the lack of time traveling in the film. Michael is able to skip things, yes, but he isn’t actually skipping them in reality. Instead he goes on “autopilot” during the fast forward segments of his life, allowing him to skip particular events as if they never happened.
The biggest shock I found with “Click” was the sadness associated with the ending. Though the film doesn’t actually end on a sad note, the near ending can have you holding back some tears. Talk about being thrown for a loop during a comedy movie. But even though such emotion doesn’t seem like a good fit, I’m glad they put it in. It tied in very well with the plot, and made the movie more realistic.
Total Abstract Rating: 85% I’ve seen some bad reviews for this one, but personally, I thought it was a pretty good movie.
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