Adam Sandler in Click

If you could control the people and events in your life, what would you do? That's the question posited by 'Click,' the interesting new comedy starring Adam Sandler, Kate Beckinsale and Christopher Walken. Sandler plays Michael, a workaholic architect who, in a desperate attempt to simplify his life just a little bit, goes on a late-night quest for a universal remote control and finds himself wandering the mysterious "Beyond" section of Bed, Bath and Beyond. That's where he encounters the kooky but zen Morty (Walken), who hooks him up with a magical universal remote that allows him to control the people and events in his life.

For the first hour, the movie is vintage Sandler. It's full of fart jokes and shots to the groin. Rob Schneider makes his obligatory cameo, here as a wealthy Arab looking to open a "classy" bar that'll host wet T-shirt contests. And the O'Doyles -- whom you may remember from 'Billy Madison' ("O'Doyle rules!") -- pop up as Michael's supercompetitive a-hole next-door neighbors. During this fun-filled hour, Michael explores the benefits of owning such a device. He can fast-forward through annoying fights (and foreplay) with his gorgeous wife (Beckinsale), skip boring dinners with his parents, even bypass being sick. He can also pause time to give banana-hammock-wearing Sean Astin a good "roshamboing" in the man gems, or slow things down to watch a well-endowed female jogger give her upper body a workout.

But like some of our hero's decisions (fast-forwarding through sex with Kate Beckinsale? Good one, buddy!), the film's abrupt switch from comedy to drama at the one-hour mark is a bit suspect. This happens in a lot of comedies, where they start out strong but flame out when they try to wrap up thestory. Here, the film is eager to show the implications of our decisions, how every little choice we make counts. And so it becomes kind of the movie lovechild of 'Big Daddy' and 'It's a Wonderful Life.'

That said, there's enough comedy in the first hour to make up for the film's overly serious last 30 minutes. And the movie does have a lot of good stuff going for it. No one plays a likeable schmuck better than Adam Sandler. Christopher Walken steals every scene he's in, whether he's dancing along to an impromptu Sandler song or ogling Kate Beckinsale. And, speaking of Kate, seeing her dressed as Pocahontas may be worth the price of admission alone.

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