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Jack and Jill go for a shill 

And in this drag debacle, both Adam Sandlers come tumbling way down

click to enlarge Adam Sandler, here as Jack and Jill's Jill, rides a passable sketch idea into a movie-length disaster.
  • Adam Sandler, here as Jack and Jill's Jill, rides a passable sketch idea into a movie-length disaster.

This Happy Madison production, written by Adam Sandler and directed by Dennis Dugan (Just Go with It), doesn’t live up to Sandler’s glory days. What should’ve been a silly three-minute Saturday Night Live sketch is blown to epic proportions: Adam Sandler plays twins. Jack Sadelstein can’t stand Jill Sadelstein, a stereotype of a loud, obnoxious Jewish woman from the Bronx in search of a man---and her Thanksgiving visit turns into a semi-permanent encampment in Jack’s home, to his horror. A manic Al Pacino plays himself smitten with Jill---it’s self-referential and self-deprecating, and all in all a little sad. Even Johnny Depp has a cameo appearance. Jack’s wife, Erin (Katie Holmes), stays perky and out of the way. Sandler in drag as a buxom Jewish woman could be funny, but not every shtick needs to be turned into a motion picture; this one sure didn’t.

Jack and Jill
Rated PG (MPAA) · 91 min. · 2011
Official Site: www.jackandjill-movie.com
Director: Dennis Dugan
Writer: Steve Koren and Robert Smigel
Cast: Adam Sandler, Al Pacino, Katie Holmes, Allen Covert, Dana Carvey, Natalie Gal, Tim Meadows, Katelyn Pacitto, Valerie Mahaffey and Regis Philbin

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