With Summer (allegedly) in full swing, it may seem strange to be confronted with a Christmas-themed film trailer. ‘Confronted’ may well be an appropriate word for encountering this preview of Adam Sandler’s latest comedic effort.
Jack and Jill is the story of settled, family man Jack (Sandler) whose cosy Los Angeles life is turned upside when his twin sister Jill (also Sandler) comes to visit from the Bronx. Alongside Sandler is his loving wife Erin (Katie Holmes) and bizarrely Al Pacino is cast as himself, in a kind of love interest role for Sandler’s Jill.
The cast list contains other famous faces such as NBA star Shaquille O’Neal and US television institution Regis Philbin, inclusions which see this film shaping up in a similar manner to Sandler’s previous cameo-fest Funny People (2009). The concept of Sandler playing dual sibling roles is reminiscent of Eddie Murphy’s Nutty Professor films and Norbit (2003), which are hardly solid blueprints for successful comedy.
On directing duties is Dennis Dugan, a frequent Sandler collaborator on films such as Just Go With It (2011), Grown Ups (2010), You Don’t Mess With The Zohan (2008), I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry (2007), Big Daddy (1999) and Happy Gilmore (1996).
The trailer itself is everything you might expect (unless you were unprepared for Pacino’s inclusion), with socially inept Jill making Jack’s life a living nightmare over the Christmas period. Chock-full of visual gags and comedic mishaps, all interspersed with some gentle nagging from Holmes’ character, the film can simply be described as looking like standard Sandler fayre. No doubt there will be a good will message of some kind to round it all off. After all, it’s Christmas isn’t it…?
UK release of Jack and Jill is due for 6th January 2012, as opposed to the more appropriate pre-Christmas release date in the USA.
With January reportedly the most depressing month of the year, this may not help things. Have a look at the trailer below, and let us know how this Sandler silliness will effect your Winter blues.