Adam Sandler is commonly known as the brilliant actor who simply refuses to stop making awful movies. Though he’s one of the most underrated actors in Hollywood, Sandler’s career has been practically peppered with stinkers – 2006’s Click usually counted among them. However, Click is secretly the quintessential Adam Sandler movie, despite being one of the actor’s more forgettable outings.
Click stars Sandler as Michael Newman, an average family man with a demanding career. When he’s offered a magic remote that allows him to fast forward through life’s inconveniences – like, say, marital issues or fulfilling fatherly duties – Michael jumps at the chance. Despite the predictable comic hijinks that ensue, Michael learns a valuable lesson about living life to the full.
In terms of Sandler comedies, it’s far from the funniest. From a story perspective, it’s hardly a groundbreaking narrative. In almost every way, Click is entirely unremarkable, except for one thing: it’s actually the ultimate Sandler movie.
Click Does Everything A Good Adam Sandler Movie Should Do
Over his long and highly successful career, Sandler has become known for a few on-screen quirks. He has a habit of casting his comedian friends in all of his movies, of relying on big-name stars to help sell his films, of leaning too heavily on crude humor, and of possessing a surprising depth of hidden talent. Strangely, Click is possibly Sandler’s only film that demonstrates every single one of these qualities.
Christopher Walken, Kate Beckinsale, Henry Winkler, and David Hasselhoff all bolster Click‘s cast with big names, with regular collaborators Nick Swardson and Sean Astin also appearing. Click makes regular use of pretty base humor, involving (but not limited to) fart jokes, light objectification of women, and Sandler’s trademarked incoherent screaming. Classic Sandler fare, in other words.
However, Click also boasts a few heavy emotional scenes. In these, Sandler’s acting ability really shines through, demonstrating just how powerful an actor he really is. Admittedly, the juxtaposition of the fart jokes and the heartfelt emotion is all too evident, but it serves a purpose. In ticking practically every box that Adam Sandler movies have become known for, Click is the film that best summarizes the Sandman’s career. Sorry, Sandman, but it’s true.