After last week's unremarkable comedic pairing of Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy in Tower Heist, Adam Sandler gives it a try in Jack & Jill with… himself. At the very least, I hope each Adam got paid the same or that could become a nasty conversation over the Thanksgiving table. The last thing you want is to upset Sandler at this time or he might not share his turkey with you in a big brown shoe.
Sandler's success at the box-office is almost unheralded. You're used to hearing about the Harrison Fords, the Tom Cruises, the Will Smiths, and even the Denzel Washingtons as box-office locks, but in reality Adam's been doing better it than any of them over the past 15 years… And doing it with comedy films which are even harder sells than action/thriller pictures. People don't go to see Click or Grown-Ups because they were based on a book. They go because of Adam Sandler. Well, that and it beat staying home to watch According to Jim for eight years. Has there ever been a TV show on for longer that less people cared about?
It's almost like Sandler has become this era's Milton Berle. He may not be everyone's favorite Uncle Miltie, but he's family now. He's made enough movies that both men (Happy Gilmore & The Waterboy) and women (Wedding Singer & 50 First Dates) have liked, that everyone's usually receptive to giving his films a chance, even if it seems like he's been playing the same two versions of himself for the past 15 years. There's the "regular" Sandler and the "wacky" Sandler. What impact is this going to have on Jack & Jill when he's playing both "regular" and "wacky" at the same time?
Maybe even more important, how well have people reacted to actors playing two characters in the same movie? This is a stunt that became laughable in action movies in the 80's and 90's. Ironically, perhaps the most successful twins movie was actually the movie Twins in which Danny DeVito and Arnold Schwarzenegger didn't have to pretend to be someone else. Eddie Murphy has basically done it twice with the Nutty Professor movies and in Bowfinger. It can work if people care about at least one of the characters. However, if this film's hopes are pinned on folks realizing the life-lesson that even loud and obnoxious women who look like Adam Sandler are worthy of love, there might be some issues here.
The Immortals offers just the right amount of swords and sandals action people are looking for in the winter time when there's snow outside and freezing rain. While the ads are reminiscent of 300 and Clash of the Titans, it doesn't have the "freshness" of the first or the nostalgia power of the second. It doesn't even seem to offer real nudity as star Freida Pinto admitted recently to using a butt double instead of having her posterior spread out on a 70 foot screen. Seriously, if we wanted fake nudes, we have the internet for that. I expect authentic nude scenes with no annoying pop-ups or links that say "Click here to see more" that spawn a dozen more browser windows when I pay $12.50 for a movie ticket… Not that I know anything about which I've just typed.
Clint Eastwood has secretly become the reincarnation of Woody Allen without either of them having actually died. You know how Woody seems to just keep popping out a movie each year even if no one sees them (unlike this year's Midnight in Paris which was been a big indy hit), well good ole' Clint has directed 19 movies in the last 21 years. Wha wha?! Exactly, I had no idea either. And just like Woody, he can get pretty much any actor he wants in his films… and better yet, those actors actually have a chance to be in a film people will see, unlike most of Woody's.
This year's offering is J. Edgar and chronicles the famous and infamous life of FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover. Leonardo DiCaprio stars in the title role that is certain to garner Oscar attention much like his work in The Aviator. While this film will probably fall more in line with the roughly $35 million totals of his other autumn "Oscar worthy" movies like Hereafter, Invictus, Changeling, and Flags of our Fathers, the award season could help this film float quietly along all the way through February. Just don't float along that Mystic River. Stop at Mystic Pizza instead.
Join us on Monday to see how the latest films fared and if Puss in Boots can keep defending his scratching post!
Now what do you think will happen this weekend? Are you looking forward to any of the films? Sound off in the comment sections below!
by Matt Neuenburg on 11/10/2011
Movies Mentioned in this Post:
Jack and Jill,
Puss in Boots,