Breaking news from the world of film criticism: 'Jack and Jill' finally has a positive review! Two, even! After 48 negative notices on Rotten Tomatoes, Adam Sandler's latest "comedy" has received kind words from two critics: Media Mike reviewer Mike Smith and noted contrarian Armond White.
Smith, vice president of the Kansas City Film Critics Circle and critic for the Leavenworth Times since 2002, gave 'Jack and Jill' three out of five stars on Media Mike's website -- though at least two of those stars may have been awarded because of Al Pacino.
"As the holiday season approaches, it's time to make way for a new comedy starring the hilariously funny ... Al Pacino?" wrote Smith. "That's right. Pacino has a small but pivotal role in "Jack and Jill" and, in a film full of people known for being funny, pretty much stands alone."
He continues: "The premise [of 'Jack and Jill'] gets annoying after awhile, but that is when Pacino shows up to make things interesting. He gets great laughs spoofing his serious side while on stage and, when his Oscar is accidentally damaged, zings the Academy Awards. He even manages to belt out 'The Impossible Dream' from 'The Man of La Mancha.' Pacino is truly, as they say in show business, a triple threat! And to see him play off his very stern on-screen reputation is a welcome treat. Hoo-ah!"
White -- the man who gave 'Toy Story 3' one of its few negative reviews, while also dissing popular critical favorite like 'The Social Network' -- was equally amused:
"Adam Sandler's comedies are not 'dumb fun'; maybe that's why they're not in critics' favor. Sandler's hilarious new film 'Jack and Jill' (in which he portrays both male and female fraternal twins), brings to mind the great line that Ernst Lubitsch's classic 1946 female-plumber comedy 'Cluny Brown' "upset people who didn't like to admit they have plumbing."
'Jack and Jill' and Ernst Lubitsch, side-by-side in a review. Godspeed, Armond!
With these two bits of praise, 'Jack and Jill' vaults ahead of 'Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star' and the Sarah Palin documentary 'The Undefeated' on the list of worst-reviewed movies of 2011.
[via MediaMikes and CityArts]
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