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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.

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common sense

ON for kids age 9
5 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
1 out of 5
2 out of 5
Positive messages
1 out of 5
Positive role models
1 out of 5
2 out of 5
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®

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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

Worst movie ever!!!!

- fb1563632850, Thursday, May 10, 2012

1 star

New low for Adam Sandler. He's had his weak moments before, with movies like Grown Ups and Little Nicky, but this...this is something else. Imagine if Jar Jar Binks and Fran Drescher had a daughter together, then put Sandler's dimwitted face on her, and voil - you have the character of Jill. As for Jack, he's kind of like Sandler on a bad day at work; a little grouchy and low on his blood sugar, with no real charisma. That's not the worst part though. Besides containing some of the lamest, laziest and most degenerate jokes ever written, it also somehow managed to drag Al Pacino and Johnny Depp into the mess. They got to be really close friends with Sandler, to willingly lend their talents to something as abysmal as this. A razzie-magnet of epically bad proportions, which despite a chuckle here and there, have no redeeming qualities whatsoever. I mean, I expected it to be bad, but this was just downright embarassing. Passing a kidney stone is more fun than this travesty of a movie. A complete and utter suck-fest, that makes his other comedies look like world-class entertainment. If you've never experienced a migraine before, you will after this. Because this is one of the worst, most excruciating and pointless films I've ever seen. An insult to the art of comedy, that makes me ashamed to have ever called myself a fan of Sandler's brand of humor. On a positive note though, here are some current results from the box-office: Production budget: $79 Million Total gross as of Feb. 12, 2012: $73,837,886 The cold hard fact that they're losing money on this pile of s**t: Priceless!

- CloudStrife84, Wednesday, May 9, 2012