Jack and Jill (2011)
Directed by Dennis Dugan
From The Artist, the winner of three of 2011’s top Academy Awards…to Jack and Jill, who swept the Razzies on April Fool’s Day (the only movie in the Razzies’ 32-year history to win all 10 categories) and officially became the worst movie of the year. But does it deserve to be named the worst? In 2008, the hilarious comedy The Love Guru took home many of the Razzie’s top awards, and I’ve always loved that. Was Jack and Jill really worse than 2011’s latest Twilight dud? I think not. The difference? Jack and Jill knew it was bad—why else would they have cameos from a cross-dressing David Spade (who won worst supporting actress), ShamWow spokesman Vince Offer (post-arrest), or John McEnroe?—while Breaking Dawn: Part I thought it was genuine and legitimate, which only helped make it seem more dreadful.
Director Dennis Dugan has had a rich history with Adam Sandler, directing him in movie like Big Daddy, Happy Gilmore, and I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry, among others. In Jack and Jill, Sandler stars as Jack, a Jewish family man (opposite his wife, played by Katie Holmes) who is having his bothersome twin sister Jill (also Sandler) home for Hanukkah. When she attracts Al Pacino (playing himself), Jack finds himself willing to use his sister to further his business writing commercials. Contrary to popular belief (IMDb users gave Jack and Jill a lousy 3.4/10), Sandler’s lady voice is actually somewhat amusing, and he gets to crack some laughable jokes. Sure, sometimes you’ll find yourself laughing at it and not with it, but Jack and Jill seems to be okay with that. After all, you’re still laughing. And yes, it makes some goofy fart jokes and uses childish gimmicks and situational humor, but it’s all in good fun. It is rated PG, after all. And I’ll admit, at times it is really dumb. The blatant Mexican stereotypes stick out to me. But I can’t bring myself to call it the worst. After Twilight, In Time and Larry Crowne can easily compete for the title. And that’s without having seen Bucky Larson. Jack and Jill has some heart, and you can’t expect a kid’s movies to all be quality films.