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What if you had a remote that actually controlled the universe? 

Year: 2006 
Running Time:
Aspect Ratio: Unknown 
Certificate: BBFC 12A Cert – Under 12s admitted only with an adult 
Subtitles: The level of subtitling in this film is unknown to WSC 
Directed by Unknown 
Starring: Unknown  
An image from Click

Director: Frank Coraci

Starring: Adam Sandler, Kate Beckinsale, Christopher Walken, David Hasselhoff

Michael Newman (Sandler) appears to have it all: a loving wife (Beckinsale) and two picture-perfect children. However, long hours at the office run by his ungrateful boss (Hasselfhoff) puts a strain on his family life. Frustrated, Michael takes a late night trip to Bed, Bath and Beyond and stumbles upon Morty (Walken), an eccentric inventor. He is offered a universal remote control, one that allows him to fast-forward, rewind and pause any event in his life. Before long, he realises that he has neglected his family. Can he make things right?

Sandler gives a good comedic performance but isn’t afraid to give the character a more intense, emotional side. Walken is very adept as his (tor)mentor, keeping the audience in the loop and injecting energy into the story. Beckinsale’s chemistry with Sandler is believable and the cameo from Hasselhoff, or the “big-headed buffoon” as he is described at one point, is entertaining.

Click is a high-concept film exploring the problem of career-obsessed individuals: how to make time for the family whilst making a living. The film’s morose undertones are reflected in the unsettling idea that Michael may survive on autopilot for much of his life. Coraci pushes these dramatic elements of the film, but also allows Sandler’s comedic role to shine. It delivers comedy, tragedy, and heartbreak in its moral lesson.

Click has some profoundly emotional moments amidst the immature humour and fantasy gags. These are supported by artful and endearing performances from the cast. The remote shows Michael that some experiences are worth having, even if they’re bad. Ultimately, his happiness lies in his own hands.

Sarah Hall

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Screenings of this film:

2006/2007 Spring Term (35mm)