Plot: What’s it about?
Adam Sandler’s movies have encompassed just about everything we can imagine, ranging from “Airheads” to “Punch Drunk Love” and from “Happy Gilmore” to “Little Nicky”. Yes, he’s had his share of hits and misses, but the guy is still one of my favorite actors out there. Early in his career, he chose a more juvenile route with offerings showcasing his more “childish” side. “Billy Madison”, “Happy Gilmore” and “Bulletproof” were all great movies. But, as Sandler started to actually grow up, so did his films. He started making movies with a little more heart like “The Wedding Singer” and “Big Daddy”. And he did show the world that he could actually act with “Punch Drunk Love”. Who knew? Sandler’s still on somewhat of a romantic comedy kick with recent offerings like “50 First Dates” and with this recent movie, it’s looking like the circle is finally complete. “Click” reunites him with Frank Coraci, who directed him in “The Wedding Singer” and “The Waterboy”. Sandler plays a family man trying to get ahead in corporate America, but it’s easier said than done. Or is it?
Michael Newman (Adam Sandler) is an up and coming architect desperately trying to make partner in his firm. His domineering boss Ammer (David Hasselhoff) keeps dangling a partnership in front of him, but no matter what Michael does, it’s just not enough to get what he desires. Michael’s also sacrificing his family life so that he can attain partner and provide for his wife (Kate Beckinsale) and children. In an effort to simplify his life, he heads out to get a universal remote control so that he can, at the very least, turn on the television. Venturing to Bed, Bath and Beyond (one of many product placements you’ll find in any Adam Sandler movie), he ventures way “Beyond” and meets Morty (Christopher Walken) who gives him just what he wants – a universal remote control. It’s not long after he gets this gadget that it’s no ordinary control, he can mute the dog, fast forward through arguments with his wife and even skip the morning commute to work. This, of course, all comes with a price as the remote starts to learn his behavior and starts automatically fast-forwarding through parts of his life. Michael wants so bad to make partner, that he literally forwards through months of his life until it happens. However, by the time this happens his marriage is on the rocks and he has to decide what really matters in his life: his family or his career.
I was actually pretty impressed with “Click”, the previews made it out to be more of a comedy and it does have some classic Sandler moments. However, “Click” delivers some pretty interesting scenarios as well. I feel it’s kind of like “It’s a Wonderful Life” in that Michael gets the opportunity to see how his actions have affected those around him. There are several lessons to be learned as well: do you take the easy way out or do you stick it out and work through the discomfort? As we all know, life’s about the journey and not the destination – someone just forgot to tell this to Michael Newman. I do have to comment on the casting of Kate Beckinsale, a great (and beautiful) actress; I could see many other women in her part. I was kind of hoping and expecting to see Drew Barrymore, as she and Sandler have worked together before and the two seem to have great chemistry. It’s of consequence though, the movie works regardless. “Click” delivers here and shows that all Summer movies don’t have to be mindless fodder – some can actually have heart.
Video: How does it look?
“Click” is presented in a 1.85:1 MPEG-2 transfer that leaves very little to the imagination. This is a day and date release from a major studio, so if it didn’t look anything less that perfect, I’d be really surprised. As it stands, the transfer does deliver though somehow the image seemed a bit oversaturated for my taste. It’s like the contrast was a little off. Flesh tones seem warm and natural and there’s no sign of artifacting either. Edge enhancement is kept to a minimum as well. Regardless, the image here is great and I think anyone would be hard-pressed to find much wrong with it.
Audio: How does it sound?
An uncompressed PCM 5.1 track is used here and though it’s not something that will be demo material, it does have some good moments. Dialogue is very natural and the majority of the movie takes place in the front stage. Surrounds aren’t used a whole lot, but do kick in to offer some added ambiance from time to time. I seem to remember the scenes that are “fast forwarded” having some pretty impressive audio associated with them. And that’s it. While not an audio-heavy movie it does deliver a good and decent-sounding track.
Supplements: What are the extras?
There aren’t too many supplements on the “Click” Blu-ray disc, but the ones included are fairly interesting. There are a bevy of deleted scenes and some additional “Fat Suit” footage. The commentary track by director Frank Coraci, Adam Sandler and Tim Herlihy is fairly decent at times. Though with three of them, you’d figure they’d be a little more talkative. Two featurettes are also included, one focusing on the special effects of the movie and another about the makeup (making the actors look older). All in all “Click” delivered as a movie and there are just enough supplements to warrant a purchase.