Review of Jack and Jill

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Movie Review: Adam Sandler's 'Jack and Jill'

Rating: PG
Length: 91 minutes
Release Date: November 11, 2011
Directed by: Dennis Dugan
Genre: Comedy

"Jack and Jill" is a comedy about a twin brother and sister that is sure to please audience members of all ages. Rated PG, this film is great for families with older children, teens, young adults, and other ages with parental guidance. If you're looking for a laugh, this film is the place to start. Adam Sandler plays the roles of Jack and Jill with mastery, creating the tension needed for the comedy to come to life. With A-list stars like Al Pacino and Katie Holmes, this movie is one that is sure to add humor to your day.

In this story, Jack Sadelstein (Adam Sandler), an important and successful advertising executive from Los Angeles and his family are preparing for Thanksgiving. His wife (Katie Holmes) and kids loathe this time of year because his twin sister Jill (Adam Sandler) comes to visit. She is a passive-aggressive individual who doesn't get along well with Jack, which means his normally peaceful lifestyle is turned around and backwards while she visits. All the same, since she's family, Jack still has to go to the airport to pick her up, which of course leads to a number of airport comedy antics and amusing moments.

The film deals with Jill, the needy and passive-aggressive sister that comes to visit Jack on Thanksgiving each year. Jack and his family do their best to get through the holiday until Jill reveals that she is planning on staying until the end of Hanukkah. After ruining Thanksgiving by calling a guest homeless, talking loudly, and eventually running into the woods near the home, Jack's patience is running thin when it comes to his relationship with Jill. Still, he feels bad about leaving her alone or kicking her out of his home, so he allows her to stay with his family.

Like many twin movies, there are times when Jack takes the place of Jill, which is easily done since Adam Sandler plays each part separately. Jack sets up dates for Jill through an online dating site, which ends up going poorly through a course of events that allow for comedic relief. Even better, Jack's client, Al Pacino (playing himself), won't do the commercial he's been set up for unless he gets a date with Jill as well. This leads to Jack dressing as Jill to seal the deal and to get Al to do the commercial shown at the end of the movie. Throughout the movie, Al and Jill have a quirky romance that may be one-sided. Jill also grows fond of the gardener, which leads to the usual romantic antics that comedies rely on.

Jill is played by Adam Sandler, making this comedy amusing for anyone who recognizes his double role. It is rated PG for crude material, suggestive language and references, for crude language, and comic violence. Filled with funny one-liners and comic relief, this film is a great movie for an afternoon with the family. This movie does leave out any inappropriate comments that would make it unsuitable for very young children.

Like many movies with Adam Sandler as a leading role, crazy antics and hilarity are also followed with strongly composed characters who the audience can grow to love and relate to. The basis of the relationship between Jack and Jill is still important, as is relying on family and having a strong family bond. This film is filled with well-known actors such as Drew Carrey, Regis Philbin, and Al Pacino. There are scenes with bathroom humor, as well as a lack of cursing that makes this film safe for children and enjoyable for adults.