Jack and Jill
Sibling Rivalry Redeemed
Release Date: November 11, 2011
Audience: Older children and adults
Runtime: 91 minutes
Distributor: Columbia Pictures/Sony Pictures Entertainment
Director: Dennis Dugan
Writer: Steve Koren
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When very ugly Jill, who’s single, lonely, and in her forties, comes to visit her twin brother’s family at Thanksgiving in Los Angeles, it’s supposed to be for four days. Complications repeatedly ensue, dragging her visit all the way through a New Year’s week cruise with Jack’s family. Along the way, the siblings fight constantly. Jack tries to put up with her presence because he needs to get Al Pacino to act in a Dunkin’ Donuts ad for his company, and Pacino is surprisingly smitten with Jill. Ultimately, Jill learns to value herself through the attentions of Pacino and Jack’s Mexican gardener, Felipe. Meanwhile, Pacino and Jack’s wife convince Jack to seek reconciliation with his sister.
JACK AND JILL is unmistakably silly fun and already has raised the hackles of mainstream movie critics. By seeing the movie with an audience of average moviegoers, it’s clear that this is a crowd-pleaser, and makes one speculate if critics hate it so much because of its strong pro-family and anti-atheist messages. Sandler looks like he’s having more fun than he’s had in years in playing the twins. He dives into his dual personas with comic gusto in addition to engaging in physical comedy including a “Double Dutch” jump rope routine with his alter ego.
The real surprise here, however, might be Al Pacino, who satirizes his over-the-top, angry public image by falling for Jill and seeking to win her heart in order to regain his artistic courage. In scene after scene, he’s completely, daffily absurd, and yet his joy is infectious. Katie Holmes as Jack’s wife also does a nice job.
The biggest and best aspect of the movie for Christians and families is that it places a high and unmistakable value on the beautiful power of families and sibling bonding, while also criticizing dishonesty and meanness. It also mocks atheism and makes belief in God look cool, as well as shows that true inner beauty can lie within anyone.
There are, however, too many passing gas jokes, slapstick comedy, and more than a few light profanities, not to mention cross-dressing. Also, Jack clearly has anger issues when dealing with his sometimes annoying sister. Thus, caution is recommended for children.
Overall, however, JACK AND JILL presents a pro-family message about overcoming sibling rivalry. Rated PG, JACK AND JILL is bookended by cute, endearing, and clean interviews with many real twins.
JACK AND JILL is unmistakably silly fun. Sandler looks like he’s having more fun than he’s had in years playing the twins. The real surprise might be Al Pacino, who satirizes his over-the-top, angry public image. The biggest and best aspect of the movie for Christians and families is that it places a high and unmistakable value on the power of families and sibling bonding, while also criticizing dishonesty and meanness, and mocking atheism. There are, however, passing gas jokes, slapstick comedy, cross-dressing and more than a few light profanities. So, caution is recommended.