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Jack and Jill

children & family, comedy


Jack Sadelstein (Adam Sandler) has his normal tranquil life turned upside down when his twin sister Jill (also Adam Sandler) arrives for visit.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    3%
  • Audience Score
    37%

common sense

ON for kids age 9
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
1 out of 5
Language
2 out of 5
Positive messages
1 out of 5
Sex
2 out of 5
Violence
1 out of 5
Consumerism
5 out of 5
Positive role models
1 out of 5

Few laughs in crude, kid-targeted Sandler comedy.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that, like all Adam Sandler movies aimed at families, Jack and Jill includes lots of potty humor and crude jokes at the expense of women who don't fit the Hollywood ideal of beauty. Since Sandler plays both Jack and his twin sister, Jill, the movie "allows" him to make many jokes about women's bodies and personalities -- not to mention bodily functions. There's also plenty of insult language ("freak," "stupid," "loser," etc.), some suggestive comments/humor, and an extended sequence featuring a stereotypical Mexican family that may offend some viewers. Parents concerned with commercialism should note that the comedy is chock-full of product placements, from Sony (which is also the movie's distributor) to Dunkin Donuts and many, many more.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about why Adam Sandler's movies are so popular. Are fart jokes and gags about people's appearance that funny? What's the difference between his "family" movies and the ones for older audiences?
  • How does Jack and Jill portray women? What message is it sending about appearance and body image?
  • Does the movie undermine or reinforce stereotypes? When does portraying an ethnic group shift from comedy to insulting?
  • Do you think that all of the companies and products featured in the movie are necessary to the plot? If not, why are they included?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    3%
    reviews counted: 20
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  • Audience

    37%

Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: I'm sorry to say that this may be Mr. Pacino's most convincing performance in years.

- A.O. Scott, New York Times, Thursday, November 10, 2011

Rotten: The pic's general stupidity, careless direction and reliance on a single-joke premise that was never really funny to begin with are only the most obvious of its problems.

- Andrew Barker, Variety, Thursday, November 10, 2011

Rotten: There are moments in "Jack and Jill" that are genuinely funny - and, just like countless family reunions, there are moments when you can't wait for it to end.

- Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News, Thursday, November 10, 2011

Audience Reviews

1 star

What is something I can say that has absolutely no negative connotation connected to it? This...exists. A painful, idiotic ploy to get more money with zero effort, Sandler has certainly gone off the deep end with this egomaniac venture. (I prefer not to call this a film, as that would be recognizing it as a form of artistic expression, which would be misleading.) We all understand that this had little to no comedy involved, but worse than that the plot is nonexistent. There are no stakes, no climax or even a plausible ending. Really it's a man and himself, dressed in drag, fighting with one another. The jokes are really juvenile with no buildup or even start, because it's oh it's funny because she's old. Oh, it's funny because she's fat. (RedLetterMedia) Then, for no reason whatsoever, you have a long cameo from Al Pacino, a man who hasn't put in a bad performance, possibly in his entire life. What's good is that Pacino actually gives the best reason to see this, and that is him being a overexaggerated and eccentric version of himself. There's also a minor and not too original Mexican character named Felipe, played by Eugenio Derbez, who has the same quirky likeability as many of Sandler's original films. Still, there is no heart, no humor, or even effort put into this and I would love to hear him take some responsibility for his films again. I thought Grown Ups at least knew what it was and had a lot of talented people involved to make up for some of its flaws. This movie didn't surprise me because he had building up to it with atrocious choices. Funny People and Spanglish were his last best films, and it hasn't been since the early two thousands that he has made a goofy comedy that worked. Just awful, but at least I watched it at no cost to myself.

- FrizzDrop, Wednesday, July 25, 2012

0 star

I was anticipating bad, I was anticipating outlandishly bad, but nothing can prepare you for how stunning and jaw-droppingly awful Adam Sandler's reported comedy Jack and Jill truly is. The movie swept the Razzie Awards in all categories this year, a historic feat. Sandler plays a rich ad exec and his braying, boorish twin sister, who Al Pacino, in a strangely committed performance as himself, falls in love with for no discernable reason. I've seen my fair share of craptacular cinema, and yet this movie is bad on a rarely seen level of human tragedy; it feels like the movie came from a different dimension, where they had no concepts of human relations, reactions, expectations, or senses of humor. It feels like you're watching a cultural artifact of a civilization in decline. I haven't been a fan of Sandler's brand of naughty-yet-safe humor for a while, but this movie is weirdly cruel to all sorts of people, like Mexicans, atheists, adopted kids, Jews, and human beings with working senses of humor. The quality of comedy includes gems like, "Play twister with your sister," and, "These chimichangas are making a run for the border." The rampant and nakedly transparent product placement for Carnival Cruise and Dunkin' Donuts is obscene. This is a charmless, witless film, and when it tries to wring actual emotion out of its daft scenario, the whole enterprise just implodes. Jack and Jill is so odious, torturous, reprehensibly bad that it feels like one of the joke movies that Sandler made in 2009's Funny People. You feel like the entire movie is one long joke put on by a contemptuous Sandler. I think my good pal Eric Muller had it right; we're on the tail end of Sandler's deal with the devil. Jack and Jill is why the terrorists hate us. Nate's Grade: F

- mrbungle7821, Tuesday, June 26, 2012

2 stars

I don't think it would be a shock to anyone that this is a really bad movie. It looks awful, I only watched it to see just what level of awful. Pretty much it is Adam Sandler in drag playing his own twin sister. He is a horrible woman. He is unattractive enough as a man, so slap a dress on him and you get the idea! Totally unconvincing with a shrill "girl" voice (also unconvincing). Seriously, it is like he didn't even try to pass as a woman. Having said that, it is watchable, in a crap movie kind of way. Certainly was an improvement on "Grown Ups" (but that's really not saying a whole lot). I don't know why I even keep watching his movies. I guess I keep hoping for another The Wedding Singer or Punch Drunk Love. (I can keep looking, obviously wasn't too likely to find it here!). Katie Holmes plays his wife. She looks like his daughter.

- romy861, Friday, June 8, 2012