Click (film)

Infobox Film
name = Click


caption = Film poster for "Click"
director = Frank Coraci
writer = Mark O'Keefe,
Steve Koren
starring = Adam Sandler
Kate Beckinsale
Christopher Walken
Henry Winkler
Julie Kavner
David Hasselhoff |-- director = Frank Coraci
released By = Sony Theatrical Release Date = June 23, 2006 DVD Release Date = November 10, 2006
producer = Jack Giarraputo
Adam Sandler
music = Rupert Gregson-Williams
distributor = Columbia Pictures
Revolution Studios
released = flagicon|Australia June 22, 2006
flagicon|USA


runtime = 107 minutes
language = en icon
Revenue = US$70,000,000
amg_id = 1:334171
imdb_id = 0389860

Infobox movie certificates
Netherlands=6
United_Kingdom=12
United_States=PG-13
saint_Africa=13L

"Click" is an Academy Award-nominated 2006 comedy/drama/science fiction/fantasy film directed by Frank Coraci and written by Steve Koren and Mark O'Keefe."Click" tells the story of Michael Newman (Adam Sandler), an overworked architect so wrapped up in his job because of his boss John Ammer (David Hasselhoff) that his family is forced to take the backseat. He gets a "universal remote" from an eccentric engineer named Morty (Christopher Walken), and finds he can literally control the universe around him. It began filming in late-2005 and was finished by early-2006. The film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Makeup. Click was released in North America on June 23, 2006 by both Columbia Pictures and Revolution Studios. It was also released under Sandler's production company Happy Madison Productions.

Synopsis

Michael Newman (Adam Sandler) just wants to be promoted, and commits most of his time to finish up a project on behalf of his boss John Ammer (David Hasselhoff). Because of this he continually misses many important events with his family, such as a camping trip. One night, after arguing with Donna (Kate Beckinsale) and having trouble locating his television remote control, he gets angry and drives to try to find a universal remote control. Finding most stores closed, he enters the still open Bed, Bath and Beyond. After dropping on a display bed for a second, he makes his way to the "Way Beyond" section, where he meets Morty (Christopher Walken), an eccentric inventor. Morty takes Michael to the "Way Beyond" storeroom and gives him a one-of-a-kind universal remote control, which Michael believes to be an ordinary remote. He is warned by Morty that it is non-returnable.

To Michael's amazement, he finds out that the remote is literally universal: it controls the universe and interprets his wishes, even learning to anticipate them. After having some fun with it (even to the extent of breaking wind at Ammer's face), he decides to do something serious and fast-forwards to the promotion that he thought to be three months away. When he fast-forwards, a year has gone by instead. He receives his promotion but he and his wife are now in marriage counseling. Apparently, the remote is smart, and self-programming based on past experiences and is automatically programmed to skip or fast-forward through sickness, sexual intercourse, showering, traffic, arguments with Donna, and promotions. In each case, he is alive but on "autopilot" during the interim, so he has no conscious experience of what happened. When he figures out that is the way the remote has been programmed, he tries to destroy it, but it keeps regenerating.

Michael goes to work by bicycle, wearing his bathrobe to avoid automatically fast-forwarding through traffic or showering. When he arrives at work on his first day as his ex-boss's business partner, Ammer queries his lax dress-code and is convinced by his explanation. Ammer calls him a revolutionary man and says "You might even be CEO of this company some day." After that, he winds up being fast-forwarded ten years to the year 2017, where he finds drastic changes have happened in his life: Donna has divorced him and married Ben's former swimming instructor Bill; he's become grossly overweight from a constant junk food diet; and, on arriving at his home, he finds Ben has followed his example and started gaining weight too, while Samantha is a skimpily dressed party girl. Later, he and Donna begin to argue, so Michael's remote then fast-forwards him another six years into the future, to the year 2023, but not before Michael is knocked unconscious by the dog which has replaced his previous pet which had replaced their original dog, who had passed away for unexplained reasons. Having had a medical check because of his concussion and having been diagnosed with cancer, he is fast forwarded through a period of serious sickness. When he wakes up, he is no longer fat, but flabby after liposuction, which he underwent because, as Donna points out, he was the only man ever to actually gain weight on chemotherapy. Later, he finds out that his son Ben has lost weight and is now taking over his father's work. His son informs him that Michael's father Ted died in 2021 during his sickness. He fast forwards to stand at his father's gravestone and rewinds to when they last met, and finds he acted very rudely to his father, with a hurtful remark about how he always knew the secret of the old man's lifelong parlor trick, which was seemingly biting off a piece of a coin and (somehow) putting it back on. Michael is incredibly saddened at his actions and ends up back at his father's grave where Morty shows up. Morty then says he is sorry to have taken Michael's father's life and Morty reveals his true identity: the Angel of Death. Upon hearing this Michael tries to attack Morty but he fails because of Morty's ability to disappear out of harm's way.

Michael then fast forwards seven years into the future, to arrive at Ben's wedding in 2030. There he hears Samantha calling Bill "Dad" and is overcome with a popped artery. He passes out with his children rushing to help him and awakens in a hospital with his kids by his side. Ben informs him that his and his wife Julie's own honeymoon will have to take a backseat until his situation at work is under control. Michael immediately becomes fearful of his son going down the same path as himself. He tears himself off his lifesaving instruments (despite Morty's warnings) and walks out into the heavy downpour to catch up with Ben and warn him of the possible consequences should he continue to prioritize work over family. However, the strain is too much, and Michael ends up collapsing. He calls out Ben's name 3 times until Ben sees his father lying on the ground and quickly rushes to his side along with his family; surrounded by them, Michael lies dying in the street. He struggles for breath and tells Ben that family always comes first and to go on his honeymoon. Michael tells Samantha that he loves her very much. Michael sticks up "the finger" at Bill, then changes it to an O.K. sign. Morty then tells him that the note he wrote for his wife in 2017 is in his pocket and Michael gives his wife the note and she replies through teary eyes, "forever and ever babe" and then Morty says it's time to go and fades away as Michael dies with Ben lying on his father's chest, crying.

There is then a white flash, and Michael wakes up back on the bed in "Bed, Bath and Beyond". He believes it was all just a dream. Michael is ecstatic to be back and drives to his parents' house, tells his dad that he loves him and he wants to know how he does the coin trick, and also wants him and his mother to have dinner with him every day from this moment on. He then goes home, tells Donna, Ben and Samantha he loves them and that they are going on a camping trip as a family. Michael even bought an apparently female bulldog for Sundance, though the Bulldog turns out to be a male (both dogs start to hump on the duck doll). At the ending of the movie, Michael finds the familiar remote on his kitchen counter, with an attached note from Morty stating "Michael, like I said, good guys need a break. I know you'll do the right thing this time, Love Morty. P.S. Your wife's rockin' body still drives me crazy." This shows that in fact, it was not all a dream, but Morty has rewound Michael's life back to this point to give him another chance. Learning what he must do as well as what he must avoid doing, Michael throws the remote away and has a happy future with his family.

Remote features

The remote control shown on the movie posters differs from the one as shown in the movie itself. The remote shown in the movie was an "ergonomic" shape, and had a small round liquid crystal display at the top which animated like an iris of sorts when it was about to display something.

The film shows that the remote control’s features include:;Pause: Causes everyone and everything but Michael (and Morty, near the end of the film) to freeze in place. Michael can interact with the physical world while it is paused, manipulating people and objects without observation. Michael also assaults people while they are frozen and they feel a sting when he presses "play" and don't suspect a thing, such as when he farts in his boss's face.;Fast forward: Can be used to accelerate the time-frame of the rest of the world, who apparently do not notice this change. When used on Michael’s life, puts him on auto-pilot during the skipped interval.;Rewind: Cannot undo anything, but allows Michael to revisit (without changing) the past. The Michael with the remote control is separate from the Michael in the revisited time period and can walk in and around the revisited scene unnoticed. It is revealed in the graveyard scene that Michael can only rewind to scenes in which he was present at that time. ;Volume control: Controls the sound level that the remote holder perceives (so the world does not notice a change, but still reacts to Michael Newman's spontaneous deafness);Language selection: Options include, but are not limited to English, Spanish and Japanese. One language featured but not used was Pig Latin. Produces a perfect translation, unlike the garbled output of real machine translators. Michael uses this to listen in on a couple of Japanese clients conferring in Japanese and finds out all the flaws in his design.;Color adjustment: Michael experiments with this on his own complexion. He has a bit of fun by changing his skin color to Green, Purple and Yellow (Green being the Hulk, Purple being Barney, and Yellow being Scurvy). Seems to work only with hue (although the saturation increases greatly during his experimentation). Other people notice his "tan." And when he turned purple he sang barney's theme song " I love you, you love me, the jogger had giant boobies" ;Aspect ratio selection: Choices are normal, wide and panoramic. He uses this to adjust his boss's size for the sake of humor. The target's voice changes accordingly (wide giving a baritone voice for example).;Main menu: This includes scene selection and bonus features such as a making-of and a running commentary (voiced by James Earl Jones).;Picture in Picture: When the button is pressed, a picture of Hideki Matsui of the New York Yankees hitting a two-run home run shows up at the bottom right corner of the screen (only Michael can see this). Whatever shows up on the screen appears according to Michael's will.;Mute: Turns off sound.;Memory: The remote remembers your actions with the remote and will automatically act according to your previous using of the remote. For example, when Michael tells the remote to fast forward through a cold, the remote remembers this and automatically fast forwards through any sickness.;Slow-motion:Michael uses this feature to slow down time and himself (Michael is the only one who notices the change). In one scene, he sees a sexy woman running on the side walk and uses this control to slowly watch her breasts bounce.;Delete: This feature is seen on the cover of the movie. Michael does not use this feature in the film.

Cast members

*Adam Sandler .... Michael Newman
*Kate Beckinsale .... Donna Newman
*Christopher Walken .... Morty/Angel of Death; Morty's name sounds and is written almost like the word "Death" on Latin-derived idioms - notably Portuguese and Italian ("Morte"), Romanian ("Moarte") and French ("Mort"), with Spanish sharing a mild resemblance ("Muerte").
*David Hasselhoff .... John Ammer
*Henry Winkler .... Theodore K. "Ted" Newman
*Julie Kavner .... Gertrude "Trudy" Newman
*Sean Astin .... Bill
*Joseph Castanon .... Ben Newman in 2006-2007
*Jonah Hill .... Ben Newman in 2017
*Jake Hoffman .... Ben Newman in 2023 and 2030
*Tatum McCann .... Samantha Newman in 2006-2007
*Lorraine Nicholson .... Samantha Newman in 2017
*Katie Cassidy .... Samantha Newman in 2030
*Cameron Monaghan .... Kevin O'Doyle
*Jennifer Coolidge .... Janine
*Rachel Dratch .... Alice/Alan
*Sophie Monk .... Stacy
*Michelle Lombardo .... Linda
*Jana Kramer .... Julie
*Nick Swardson .... Bed, Bath & Beyond guy
*Sidney Ganis .... Dr. Bergman
*Curtis Persons ... Max Power
*Forrest Quilliams ... Mean Man
*Elyane Mackenzie ... Mrs.Mackenzie

Box office

As of June 3, 2007, "Click" has grossed US$137,355,633 in the USA and US$100,231,533 outside the USA, with a total gross of US$237,587,166.Curtis Persons- Fat Kid Neighbour

Awards and Nominations

*Academy Award nomination for Best Makeup, making it the first ever film starring Adam Sandler to receive a nomination.
*33rd People's Choice Awards: Favorite Movie Comedy (won)
*2007 Kids' Choice Awards: Favorite Movie (nominated)
*2007 Kids' Choice Awards: Favorite Movie Actor (Sandler) (won)

References to other media

* This movie has a similar plot and even the same title as a "Goosebumps" short story by R.L. Stine. The short story was made into one of the episodes of the TV Series. The character played by Christopher Walken is very similar to one on the book, and he treats the protagonist in the same manner. Also, the main character is similarly punished by misusing the remote.
* In an episode of "Weird Science" entitled "Universal Remote", the main characters are also given a "universal remote" resulting in a very similar turn of events.
* There is an old short story called "The Winter Reflection" that parallels the story completely.
* The O'Doyle family in the movie is a reference to the family in "Billy Madison".
* In the flashback of Michael and Donna's first kiss, Michael wears a J. Geils Band T-shirt. Sandler sang one of their songs, ("Love Stinks"), in "The Wedding Singer".
* Michael changes the color of his skin from Scurvy Yellow to Hulk Green then to Barney Purple.
* When Michael first uses the menu function on the remote, the theme song from "The Price is Right" can be heard. Adam Sandler had previously had a memorable fight scene with "The Price is Right" host Bob Barker in "Happy Gilmore" as well as a cameo appearance on the show in 1996.
* There is a scene in the "Family Guy" episode, "North by North Quahog" where Peter Griffin goes to the "Beyond" section of Bed, Bath and Beyond. However, as mentioned in the commentary on the DVD, the script for Click was written at least a year before this episode of "Family Guy" aired.
* After Michael's fast forward to his promotion, his children prefer to watch "" over "Dragon Tales".
* When Michael drives from his office to his old home in 2017, the news on the car radio mentions both Britney Spears and Michael Jackson. According to the reports, Britney has given birth to her twenty-third baby, and that Kevin Federline, a proud father, is now considering getting a job. Michael Jackson, who was apparently the first person to clone himself, sued himself for molesting himself, a reference to Michael Jackson's lawsuit involving child molestation.
* Jennifer Coolidge's character is called Janine, a reference to her iconic character Janine Stifler in the "American Pie" films.
*The scene where Michael wakes up and sees himself in a hospital and thinks all of it was a dream which he figures it wasn't is a reference to the time-traveling trilogy Back to the Future

"It's a Wonderful Life"

This film was deemed by critics a "21st Century remake of "It's a Wonderful Life". That would make this film Adam Sandler's second remake of a Frank Capra film, his first being "Mr. Deeds".

Music

*The Cranberries - "Linger"
*Air Supply - "Making Love Out of Nothing At All"
*Loverboy - "Working for the Weekend"
*New Radicals - "You Get What You Give"
*T. Rex - "20th Century Boy"
*Nazareth - "Love Hurts"
*Tears for Fears - "Everybody Wants to Rule the World"
*The Cars - "Magic"
*Frank Sinatra - "I'm Gonna Live Till I Die"
*The Kinks - "Do It Again"
*The Strokes - "Someday"
*U2 - "Ultraviolet (Light My Way)"
*Toto - "Hold The Line"
*Gwen Stefani - "Cool"
*The Offspring - "Come Out and Play (Keep 'Em Separated) (performed instrumentally by a brass band)"
*ESP - "Sequence Groove"
*Boots Randolph - "Yakety Sax"
*Ric Ocasek - "Everybody"
*Ric Ocasek - "Feeling's Got To Stay"
*Walter Wanderley - "So Nice (Summer Samba)"
*The Mannequin - "Serious"
* "Match Game Theme"
* "$25,000 Pyramid Theme"
* "Price Is Right Theme"
* "Family Feud Theme"
*Rhythm Heritage - "Theme from S.W.A.T."
*22-20's - "22 Days"
*John Pagano - "Call me Irresponsible"
*John Pagano - "The Best Things In Life Are Free"
*Dolores O'Riordan - "Linger"
*Carole King - "I Feel the Earth Move"
*Brooks Arthur - "Be Anything (But Be Mine)"
*Zino and Tommy - "Mr. Fuzzy Gets Up"
*Andrea True Connection - "More, More, More"
*Captain & Tenille - "Love Will Keep Us Together"
*Tony Bennett - "With Plenty of Money & You"
*Parliament - "Give Up The Funk (Tear the Roof off the Sucker)"
*Peter Frampton - "Show Me the Way"
*Christophe Beck - "Home 3"
*Lee Bernstein - "I Love You"

Rupert Gregson-Williams composed the film score.

Critical Reception

Rotten Tomatoes reports that 27% of top critics gave the film a positive review, based on 33 reviews giving it a "Rotten" rating with an average score of 4.7/10. Stating, "This latest Adam Sandler vehicle borrows shamelessly from It's A Wonderful Life and Back To The Future, and fails to produce the necessary laughs that would forgive such imitation." Metacritic gave it a score of 45 out of 100 which indicates "mixed or average reviews"

External links

* [http://www.sonypictures.com/movies/click/ Official site]
*imdb title|id=0389860|title=Click
* [http://www.apple.com/trailers/sony_pictures/click/ Trailer]
* [http://www.slantmagazine.com/film/film_review.asp?ID=2320 Slant Magazine: "Click" Review]
*rotten-tomatoes|id=click|title=Click
*mojo title|id=click|title=Click
* [http://www.moviehole.net/interviews/20060619_interview_adam_sandler.html Adam Sandler interview for Click]

* Box Office Leaders USA
before = Cars
date = June 30
year = 2006
after = Superman Returns


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