A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this film includes repeated crude references to sexual activity and desire. These jokes range from sexual activity in fast-motion to the magical remote posing as the protagonist's erect penis. Violence is broadly comic, including a couple of scenes where the protagonist "freeze-frames" an adversary, then beats or kicks him, as well as some falling and slamming of children (the protagonist runs over a child's toy on purpose). The film pushes the envelope on PG-13 language, including one pronounced f-word and another that's cut off (after "mother").
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What's the story?
In CLICK, ambitious architect named Michael (Adam Sandler) doesn't spend enough time with his wife, Donna (Kate Beckinsale) and two kids. Pressed into yet more overtime by his obnoxious boss Ammer (David Hasselhoff), Michael finally becomes desperate and agrees to take home a magic "universal remote" from the obviously odd Morty ( Christopher Walken), a mad-scientist-type technician who's hidden in a back room in Bed, Bath & Beyond (the room is marked "Way Beyond"). Morty has changed Michael's options: The remote allows him to fast-forward, rewind, search by chapter, and freeze-frame his life. Soon he finds himself short-cutting more than an occasional argument with Donna or a long work weekend, and skips entire years, at which point he learns the costs of ignoring his family, his health, and any semblance of a moral conscience.
Is it any good?
Goofy and crude, Click is one more Adam Sandler movie where he learns the same lesson again. If you've seen any other Sandler comedy (especially others also directed by his buddy Frank Coraci), you know what this lesson is: He must grow up and appreciate the beautiful woman who forgives all kinds of childish behaviors.
While the point is clear enough, it's so blatant and comes at such a high price – putdowns, relentless childish jokes about sex (including one involving a dog repeatedly "humping" a stuffed duck), not to mention an extended fart joke -- that you feel rather battered by film's end. Some of the physical antics might amuse tween boys, but the crude material makes even that seem too costly.
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- In theaters: June 22, 2006
- On DVD or streaming: October 10, 2006
- Cast: Adam Sandler, Christopher Walken, Kate Beckinsale
- Director: Frank Coraci
- Studio: Columbia Tristar
- Genre: Comedy
- Run time: 97 minutes
- MPAA rating: PG-13
- MPAA explanation: language, crude and sex related humor and some drug references.