(out of 5)
Adam Sandler whips out the ‘concept comedy’ wand once again for this ridiculous film. He plays an overworked architect (is there something cinematic about architecture that makes it so common in movies about overworked dads?) who can’t keep up with his wife and kids in his desperate effort to get ahead at his job. Stopping at Bed, Bath And Beyond for a new universal converter, Sandler steps into a cavernous back room and meets a mysterious dweeb (Christopher Walken) who offers him the ultimate in remote control: a mechanism that can actually treat life like a DVD rental. Sandler enjoys the possibilities of this toy, muting his dog, fast-forwarding his wife’s nagging and pausing his boss (David Hasselhoff) in order to beat him up when he feels like it, but as in all these lame male fantasies, the dark side is eventually revealed: the controller begins to fast forward out of control, and before he knows it our hero is an old man who has alienated his entire family in order to make it big in the work arena. It has the odd laugh and even a few sweet moments, but mostly it makes no sense and seems to be making itself up as it goes along, and Sandler’s performance is pure pandering to his fans.
Directed by Frank Coraci
Cinematography by Dean Semler
Music by Rupert Gregson-Williams
Production Design by Perry Andelin Blake
Costume Design by Ellen Lutter
Film Editing by Jeff Gourson