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Jack and Jill

Jack and Jill
Adam Sandler, Katie Holmes and Al Pacino

Rated: PG-13  
Reviewed by: Frank  
Release date: November 11, 2011 Released by: Columbia Pictures

Jill Sadelstein (Adam Sandler) is the uninvited or better said, unwanted guest at the Thanksgiving dinner. She's Jack's (also Sandler) twin sister and she is so insecure she blurts out whatever she thinks, she has no social filter on her statements.

From the beginning this script will follow situations which will wear on Jack but will end with the two thankful for each other and their lives from the past and into the future. The three parts are: conflict, more problems and emotional resolution with a musical video staring Al Pacino at the end.

Sandler and Steve Koren don't give us much in the script to hold on to, but there are a number of comical situations which will have kids laughing along with adults who probably won't admit finding the limited smirking situations worth smiling at.

Jill refers to her and her brother as Womb-mates and she refers to personal computers as calculators. Regis Philbin does one of the many cameos acting with a pink stomach selling Pepto Bismol and the big commercial Jack works on is a Dunkin Doughnut piece with Al Pacino. When Jill gets on The Wheel of Fortune to the amazement of host, Drew Carey she is knocked cold by the spinning wheel so he gives her a host of prizes.

While Katie Holmes is wasted as the quiet wife, the two kids encourage Jill's nutty actions with their laughter. Kids watching will also find those moments good for giggles particularly the bathroom scene.

Sandler's friends David Spade and Rob Schneider fit in so well they are difficult to recognize, and Johnny Depp gets a few lines on the basketball court in Los Angeles. We even get to meet the Subway diet commercial guy.

Not much substance to hold on to but it sometimes works.

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