Adam Sandler's Dual Roles in 'Jack and Jill' Comedy Explained
by Ethan Anderton
June 7, 2010
Late last year we learned about a brand new project that would star Adam Sandler titled Jack and Jill, a romantic comedy that would see Sandler playing dual roles as the twin siblings Jack and Jill. Obviously, the romance wouldn't blossom between the two siblings (that's just gross), but with no real plot details we were left wondering exactly how the story was going to play out, and who would finally end up directing the film. Last week Cinema Blend found out that director Dennis Dugan (of Big Daddy, Happy Gilmore) will helm the comedy, and now Collider has some new details on the film's plot straight from Adam Sandler himself.
On the MTV Movie Awards red carpet, Sandler revealed details on Jack and Jill, with a hint of the story:
"In 'Jack and Jill' I play me, I play my twin sister. The man version of me is doing okay, he has a family out in LA; the twin-sister-version of me lives out in the Bronx and comes out to LA for Thanksgiving and then refuses to leave and is spoiling the man version of [me's] family life a little bit."
No word on where the romance part of this romantic comedy comes into play, but if it ends up falling into the sister's lap, I'm not so sure that I'll be able to handle this. Although I've occasionally enjoyed Sandler's nonsensical comedy, I'm just not sure he'll be convincing as a female. While I'm sure a lot of people think that's where the comedy will come from, if this film is going to have any heart at all, then Sandler's dressing up in drag better be able to shake a stick at a performance like Robin Williams in Mrs. Doubtfire, who was able to bring about some very touching and genuine moments, and even pass as a legitimate British old lady.
Even Dustin Hoffman as Tootsie was convincing in its own way. However, every time I've seen Sandler act like a women its been with a terribly obvious mock falsetto voice and I don't know if I can handle watching that for 90 minutes. I guess we'll find out soon enough how it will all turn out.What do you guys think?
Reader Feedback - 12 Comments
Sandler isnt funny anymore. He is always the same character (even if he is playing two in this movie)
one on Jun 7, 2010
#1 - was sandler EVER funny? the only movie he was in that i liked was "anger management"....and that was due to jack nicholson more than sandler. this looks to be a definite pass.
beavis on Jun 7, 2010
@2...In his glory days Sandler and Carey paved the way for the likes of Will Ferrel, Ben Stiller, and Mike Meyers in "over the top" character pieces. Billy Madison, Happy Gilmore, The Waterboy, and even Little Nicky were all proof that playing a juvenile character could work because the audience would simultaneously feel pity and compassion for the character and root for them even though they were such a moron. These days though, it's more of the Apatow comedy and that's just what happens. Comedy evolves which is why when a contemporary audience watches The Marx Brothers, or Chaplin they don't laugh, but you have to appreciate the inspiration they attributed to the actors of today.
peloquin on Jun 7, 2010
carey and sandler "paved the way" for "over the top" character pieces? you must be under 25.......remember jerry lewis with dean martin in their movies? don knotts? steve martin movies like "the jerk"? they were doing this type of comedy (and doing it better) long before these 2. and of course people don't laugh at the marx brothers or chaplin today - it's almost 100 years removed from the height of their movie careers - people live very differently now. that's a poor analogy. like sasha baron cohen - they were all "flavors-of-the-month" that will be forgotton. you're entitled to your opinion, but i think you're over-thinking these guys and giving them too much credit for a bunch of average films.
beavis on Jun 8, 2010
I respectfully disagree beavis, I'm 28 and have seen The Jerk along with the original Nutty Professor and King of Comedy to name just a few. I put Lewis, Martin, and Knotts in a category of their own. I was saying that in recent generations they paved the way for the comedy we see today in the same way that Sandler and Carey were inspired by those greats. I don't think you can write off a hard working film maker like Sandler just because you don't think he's funny. He's done a lot of good for the business and his production label continues to keep the comedy created by the legends that inspired him alive. I've taken many courses during film school based solely on comedy and it upsets me when people write someone off who's had a long and successful career just because of what they subjectively think of one of their more recent works (have you seen any of Steve Martin's recent films? Should we say he sucks now too regardless of what he's done for the industry?) In regards to Chaplin and the Marx brothers, I was simply making a point that comedy evolves over time and doesn't translate as well as drama. It wasn't an analogy, but an example of how a society changes and what they find funny does too. This is why older comedians have trouble finding work, including Sandler. In regards to Cohen, he is a genius of comedy and I would even include him as a pioneer for the type of work he has created since it's so unique. Again, even if you don't find him funny, many others do and you can't base your conclusions on your opinions; they have to stay grounded in how much he's attributed to the business. Cohen is a writer, director, producer, actor, and musician who knows how to play the Hollywood game, but most of all he is a brilliant business man who knows how to pitch a bizarre idea and convince someone to spend millions on it. If you watch any interviews of his co stars or fellow comedians they always talk about Cohen as if he's the hardest working person (not just comedian) they know in Hollywood. If you wanted a good example of a bad comedic presence I would have accepted Dane Cook or Larry the Cable Guy, but not Cohen. I hope that clears some things up, I love debates like these as long as they stay civil :o)
peloquin on Jun 8, 2010
I'm getting the vibe that it's not a romantic comedy and that Sony improperly labeled it as such. But I want to vomit.
Jay Beezy on Jun 8, 2010
love sandler movies
dd on Jun 8, 2010
yea, peloquin - debates SHOULD be civil - it's just about movies and everyone has a different opinion.
beavis on Jun 8, 2010
Glad we agree, I love talking film no matter what you're opinion, til next time.
peloquin on Jun 8, 2010
Nobody has a better collection of comedies than Adam Sandler. Is he as funny as Jim Carrey? No, but his films are. He has at least ten films that I really do enjoy, and has at least a few classics.
Yahoo42 on Mar 29, 2011
If you check a recent episode of Conan from when Larry King was on... He (Larry) mentioned this movie and admitted it sounded fake but swore it wasn't. He said Sandler plays the twins (as confirmed via this article) and that Al Pacino was going to fall in love with the female Sandler. Ridiculous, but I kinda hope it's true.
Sloppysloppyjoes on Mar 31, 2011
sandler is amazing... u haters are crazy.. go hate on someone who sucks
koopaloop on May 26, 2011
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