As a fan of Adam Sandler’s bitterly winning performances in such classics as Grown Ups, Gilmore Girls and Billy Madison, I’m clearly a fan of quality comedy. However a film he did several years ago, Click, was one that I had a hard time with. At first glance, it appeared like Click was right on formula with the greatest comedies of our time. It was a goofy way to for Adam Sandler to use a remote control’s functions to slow down hot chicks running, a way to speed through annoyingly important conversations with his annoyingly understanding, positive and patient wife(played by bitter beauty Kate Beckinsale) , and a way punch David Hasselhoff. Totally on board.
Then you dig deeper, and Click is an allegory for our time, a gutsy, realistic look at a man and his relationship with his remote control. It answers questions like, “Why am I here…on this channel again? Can a man truly change…the channel during the commercials? How do we truly connect…the HDMI cable? Where do I want to be at this point in my life? The couch or the recliner? How do I decide between them? ESPN or Fox Sports? How do I deal with the loss of a loved…remote control?
I’m on board with all that too. But then my biggest question popped up. Why would Adam Sandler use this ultimate remote control power for ambitious things like family and getting promoted? All promotions are good for is more money and more work. Doesn’t the word remote mean away from others? Doesn’t control mean I get to choose instead of other people? Sounds to me like that means he should have choosen to tell others to go away, which is what I would do. Sitting on the couch and not having to get up.
So I asked what would have made the movie work for me. What I would have done? Quite simple. Fast forward through work, and commercials, and bitter blog posts, rewind and record any classic “Embarrasing Viral Youtube Moments” of people that annoy me, and use the menu button to pull up what I wanted from Pizza Hut.
I’m bitter because the movie started so great, but failed in its ambition to be a true Adam Sandler classic. It fell into the responsible hands of this shadow of Adam Sandler. He choose to use his power it for frivolous things like family and work and learning lessons about life. I’ll use it for important stuff like ordering food and getting funny Youtube videos.
Bitter Remotely Writing this from the couch Ben