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PCR # 326  (Vol. 7, No. 25)  This edition is for the week of June 19--25, 2006.

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Movie Review

Movie review by:
Michael A. Smith
Three stars

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Starring: Adam Sandler, Kate Beckinsale, David Hasselhoff and Christopher Walken
Directed by: Frank Coraci
Rated: PG 13
Running Time: 1 hour 53 mins

Every time I think I have Adam Sandler figured out he surprises me. I've grown accustomed to the wacky guy who talks in funny voices and gets into fist fights with Bob Barker. Sure, he's tricked me in the past. His Golden Globe nominated performance in "Punch Drunk Love" was one of the year's best. He held his own last year in "Spanglish." But not until "Click" has Sandler risen to the same level as Robin Williams and Jim Carey. This funny guy can act!

Mike Newman (Sandler) is an architect on the rise. He lives a full life with his beautiful wife (Beckinsale) and two kids. He visits his parents (Henry Winkler and Julie Kavner) often. And he works hard. So hard, in fact, that the simple task of turning on the television frustrates him. Faced with a mountain of remote controls he decides to purchase a universal remote and heads to the mall. He ends up at the local Bed, Bath and Beyond store and discovers a special section la bled BEYOND. Inside he meets Morty (Walken), who tells him about a great new product that will solve all of his problems. As it's not on the shelves yet, Morty tells Mike he can have the "universal" remote for free. The only caveat is that he can't return it. Thinking his problems are solved, Mike returns home and puts the remote to work. However, as the saying goes, don't ask for what you wish for...you might get it.

"Click" is a surprisingly touching film that appears to be based on the classic advice of one Mr. Ferris Bueller: "Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in awhile, you could miss it." And that is what happens to Mike whenever he clicks his new remote. Sure, it's fun to freeze time and give your boss (a hilarious David Hasselhoff) a couple of punches in the face) It's even more fun to fast forward time the next time the wife starts yelling at you, stopping only after the fight is over and she's left the room. It's kind of a reverse "It's A Wonderful Life" as Mike see's what happens to those around him when he pushes a button. The idea is pretty impressive as the remote gives the user a DVD menu outlook on his life. Hit the "making of" feature and you find yourself in mom and pop's bedroom at the moment of conception. Hit "commentary" and James Earl Jones begins narrating your thoughts.

The supporting cast of Sandler's regulars, including Winkler, Sean Astin and an almost unrecognizable Rob Schneider, turn in great performances. Walken is perfect as Morty, lending his own style (and song and dance abilities) to the role. Beckinsale has just the right tone as the wife who resents her husbands work schedule but realizes he's doing if for the family. And Sandler is just downright great. He shows a range only hinted at in the films named above. It's one of those great comedy performances (think Steve Martin in "Roxanne" or Eddie Murphy in "The Nutty Professor") that you hope people remember come awards time.

One a scale of zero to four stars, I give "Click"  Three stars

This week's movie review of "Click" is ©2006 by Michael A. Smith.  All graphics this page are creations of Nolan B. Canova, ©2006, all rights reserved. All contents of "Nolan's Pop Culture Review" are ©2006 by Nolan B. Canova.