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No one’s comedy films ever seem to incur the amount of critical ire that are heaped upon those of Adam Sandler… Sure there have been a few Adam Sandler movies that the critics have warmed up to, but over the course of his career, Sandler and his lowbrow comic films have repeatedly been subjected to a critical drubbing. Personally, I have a soft spot for Sandler and his unsophisticated antics, which almost always makes me laugh- so while I usually take note of what the critics have to say about Adam Sandler’s movies, I always walk into knowing that the will tickle my funny bone. This brings us to JACK AND JILL ($36), a film that has taken the worst critical drubbing of any Adam Sandler movie- making numerous worst film lists, and at the time of this writing, was nominated for twelve Golden Raspberry Awards. Okay, JACK AND JILL is not good cinema by any stretch of the imagination, but I have seen films that I would rate as far worse, not to mention I have seen supposed "comedies" that were far less funny than this Adam Sandler offering. Sure, I won’t rate JACK AND JILL up there with THE WATERBOY or THE WEDDING SINGER, but I was still laughing at the lowbrow (bodily functioned flavored) shenanigans on a pretty consistent basis.

In JACK AND JILL Adam Sandler portrays Los Angeles advertising executive Jack Sadelstein, as well as Jack’s obnoxious, oddball twin sister Jill. As JACK AND JILL opens, Jack is facing a business crisis, as his biggest advertising account, Dunkin' Donuts, threatens to pull their business, unless Jack can deliver Al Pacino for a television commercial. To make matters worse, Thanksgiving is rapidly approaching, which means that Jill will be coming to visit from the Bronx… staying with Jack and his family, over the course of the holiday weekend. Despite them being twins, Jack finds Jill to be a maddening creature, who, just by being in his presence, continually irritates him.

While Jack does everything in his power to make Jill feel unwelcome, Jack’s wife Erin (Katie Holmes) and his children have a fond affection for Jill and want her around. Laying the guilt on Jack over his ill treatment of Jill, his family makes him take her to a Lakers basketball game, where Al Pacino happens to be present. Feeling an immediate affinity with the Bronx native Jill, the legendary actor tries to pursue her. Hence, this unexpected turn of events forces Jack to keep Jill around, while Jack tries to find a way to convince Al Pacino to appear in a Dunkin' Donuts commercial. The cast of JACK AND JILL also features Elodie Tougne, Rohan Chand, Eugenio Derbez, David Spade, Nick Swardson, Tim Meadows, Allen Covert, Norm MacDonald, Geoff Pierson, Valerie Mahaffey, Gary Valentine, Dana Carvey, Regis Philbin, Gad Elmaleh, Dan Patrick, Shaquille O'Neal, Drew Carey, John McEnroe, Christie Brinkley, Michael Irvin, Bill Romanowski, Jared Fogle, Billy Blanks, Vince Offer and Bruce Jenner.

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has made JACK AND JILL available on Blu-ray Disc in a 1.85:1 aspect ratio presentation that has been encoded onto the disc with the AVC codec. Cinematographer Dean Cundey is never one to disappoint, so it should come as no surprise when I tell you JACK AND JILL comes with a terrific 1080p presentation that highlights the beauty of his work. The picture is quite dimensional, in addition to appearing very sharp. Texturing proves impressive, plus the pictures shows off fine details like individual hairs, as well as lines, creases and imperfections in the actor’s skin. Colors appear robust and fully saturated, but always come across in a completely stable fashion. Flesh tones are always appealing. Blacks are inky, whites are crisp and contrast is smooth. Shadow detail is just fine for this type of non-demanding material. The elements from which JACK AND JILL has been transferred appear free from imperfections. Being all digital, JACK AND JILL does not have any actual film grain, but there is a bit of noise in places.

JACK AND JILL is presented on Blu-ray Disc with a 5.1 channel DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack. No surprises here, JACK AND JILL features a fairly standard dialogue heavy comedy mix, with much of the sound being locked front and center. However, the outlying channels do engage occasionally for sound effect placement. Still, there is plenty of ambience, so the sound design does create fairly natural sounding sonic environments, including large public spaces. Thanks to the lossless encode, fidelity is strong, with the music and sound effects reaping the benefits. As for the bass channel, it has little to do other than adding weight to the effects and a bit of depth to some of the music. Dialogue is cleanly reproduced and is always easy to understand. A Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 channel track is also encoded onto the disc, as is an English descriptive track. Subtitles are available in English, French and Spanish.

Full motion video, animation and sound serve to enhance the disc's interactive menus. Through the menus, one has access to standard scene selection and set up features, as well as some extras. Featurettes and other programs include the following: Laughing Is Contagious (four minutes), Look Who Stopped By (nine minutes), Boys Will Be Girls (four minutes), Stomach Ache (four minutes) and Don't Call It A Boat- Royal Caribbean (three minutes). Deleted Scenes and Bonus Trailers close out the standard extras. JACK AND JILL is also BD-Live enabled (requires a Profile 2.0 player). An authorization code is provided for an UltraViolet Digital Copy of the film, which is just a stream away.

JACK AND JILL may not be great cinema, but it had me laughing on more than a few occasions. The Blu-ray looks great and sounds just fine.


Jack and Jill (+ UltraViolet Digital Copy) [Blu-ray] (2011)


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THE CINEMA LASER is written, edited and published by Derek M. Germano.



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