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Film: Click

Click is a 2006 American comedic-drama film, directed by Frank Coraci and starring Adam Sandler, Kate Beckinsale, Christopher Walken and David Hasselhoff. It was released in North America on June 23, 2006 by Columbia Pictures and Revolution Studios.

The film follows Michael Newman (Sandler), a married architect with two children. Michael loves his family, but is easily pushed around by his overbearing boss Mr. Ammer (Hasselhoff) and has little time for them. One night, after Michael loses his temper at the amount of remote controls in the house, he goes in search of a universal remote control for his appliances. At a Bed Bath & Beyond, Michael collapses onto a bed and falls asleep, before waking up and proceeding to the section marked "Beyond." There, he meets the mysterious Morty (Walken), who happens to be an eccentric inventor. Morty gives him a universal remote control and warns that it can never be returned. To Michael's amazement, he finds out that the remote controls the universe, in particular allowing him to control time. The story follows Michael's experiments with the device, as well as the consequences and lessons resulting.

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  • Actor Allusion: Christopher Walken plays an undercover (arch)angel. Walken has said that when he read the script, he decided that Morty and Gabriel were actually the same person, and played Morty accordingly. If you watch the two movies back-to-back, it's impossible to miss: "it's time to come home.".
  • Adult Fear: Letting your life slip by you without noticing it. This movie doesn't play up the dread angle in this fear even if the protagonist is noticeably upset by the results.
  • All Just a Dream: Or was it?! It wasn't, it happened, but Morty gave Michael a second chance.
  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: Michael's parents constantly joke about his supposedly small penis.
  • Artifact of Doom: The remote
  • Ass Shove: After Michael realises that fast-forwarding through his life isn't so great after all, he tries several times to throw the remote away only for it to keep reappearing in different places on his body, on his other hand or on top of his head, for example. Morty warns him there is only one place for him to pull the remote out of, which convinces Michael to stop.
  • Bad Future
  • Big Eater: Ben, both at the age of 5 and 15. See Body Horror and Fat Bastard below.
    • Michael, both before and during the time skip. It has a terrible effect for both of them; Michael suffers a Heart Attack and Ben becomes Morbidly Obese.
  • Bilingual Bonus: Played straight and parodied with Michael playing with the language feature. The first time is during the sensitivity training when Michael switches to the Spanish setting to amuse himself. The second time is during a meeting with a Japanese corporation where Michael uses the setting to find out what they're really saying about his model design.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: The neighbor's kid constantly goes out of his way to make Michael feel like a failure.
  • Brick Joke: Mixed in with a Tear Jerker. Early on in the movie, Michael's daughter Samantha asks him how long he's going to live and Michael says a throwaway line "I'll live to be 200, how about that?". Near the end of the film, as he lies dying in the rain, he says to Samantha, "I didn't quite make it to 200 but I still love you."
    • P.S. Your Wife's rocking body still drives me crazy.
  • Broken Aesop: It was the remote's automated fast-forward functionnote  that ruined Michael's life, not his lack of appreciation, or even any of the other features of the remote.
    • Wrong. The remote only did fast-forward like any other remote. In other words, all the remote did was take him down the path of his life he was going quicker, like using fast forward on a VCR tape: Same destination, half the time. The point was that if he never got the remote and kept living, it's how his life could have ended up for having chosen work over his family. He may have learned his lesson, but to make sure he wouldn't relapse, it kept tormenting him.
      • But the fact is that he used other features (alternate languages, as opposed to fast forwarding) in order to know what some clients wanted, which is what got him on the road to his promotion. That couldn't have happened without the remote.
      • The Aesop becomes less broken when you compare Michael's conduct during the last time he saw his father (Annoyance sparking into a hurtful outburst - "I've always known!" - that drives the annoyer away in tears) to his conduct just before he used the remote for the first time (Annoyance sparking into a hurtful outburst - Michael's scathing critique of his son's dream house plan - that drives the annoyer away in tears).
  • Body Horror: Due to lack of exercise (and his junk food binge-eating while working), one "fast-forward" of ten years takes Michael from Adam Sandler-sized to Morbidly Obese. Even worse when he goes into a coma for 6 years and loses ONLY the fat.
    • Michael gets one of these, of a sort, when he sees how fat Ben has become by 2017.
  • Call Back: To Billy Madison - this film also features a Jerk Ass Ginger kid by the name of O'Doyle.
  • Cerebus Syndrome: Oh so very much.
  • Clingy MacGuffin
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Christopher Walken's portrayal of Morty, the Angel of Death, certainly comes off as dark and a bit twisted at times, but ultimately he's rather kindly towards Michael, particularly following the climax when, instead of taking Michael to the afterlife, Morty gives him a second chance to turn his life around, rewinding time back to when he was in Bed, Bath and Beyond. He calmly explains that nothing bad happens to Michael because of him, but because Michael misused the remote.
  • Dawson Casting: Inverted Katie Cassidy 19 at the time plays the oldest version of Michael's daughter. Credits list her age at 27.
    • Played Straight with Jonah Hill as the middle version of Michael's Son. It doesn't help that he's older than the above playing a character 10 years younger her's
  • Deus ex Machina
  • Diabolus ex Machina: The remote learns his responses and begins repeating choices based on previous choices even when he doesn't tell it to, in order to make sure he fully understands what he's missing and make sure the lesson is driven home fully.
  • Digital Head Swap: during the segment in which Michael was enormously fat.
  • Disappeared Dad: Michael, the "emotionally and mentally absent" variation.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: Michael's over-dedication to his work ends up ruining this life, and Morty points out that it would happen with or without the remote. By learning his lesson, he is finally able to enjoy the little things of life and be happy with his family.
  • Fanservice
  • Fat Bastard: Ate the age of 5 it's implied that Ben is going to become one of these; he's a glutton who eats ice-creams and tries to steal twinkies. He later eats just as unhealthily as his father before the time skipping happens. It's only daily exercise with his father that prevents him from getting fat.
    • Both Michael - who's had an unhealthy lifestyle for ten years along with no exercise - and Ben - who got fat due to copying his father's eating habits as a kid (stated above) and not exercising with his increasingly lazy and later absent father - become this after the time skip. Ben later calls his father on it.
      • It's later subverted when, after being given a second chance, Michael promises to exercise everyday with Ben and "not wear a speedo".
      • It's still implied, however, that Ben will still become fat in the future.
  • First Law of Tragicomedies: To a T.
  • Flanderization: Deliberately invoked. Michael does have a problem with throwing himself into his work and isn't the nicest guy, but does clearly love his family and his Fatal Flaw is a lot of the misguided decisions he makes are out of his love for them. As Morty explains, Michael whenever he's on "auto-pilot" only exhibits the first set of traits due to the fact that they're the more common ones he displays. It plays a major part in Michael coming to terms with his flaws.
  • Gainaxing: With slow motion.
  • "Groundhog Day" Loop
  • Heel Realization: Somewhat; Michael is somewhat of a dick at the start.
  • I Can Still Fight
  • I Was Quite a Fashion Victim: Seeing himself during his first date, Michael calls himself "Wolverine's goofy cousin."
  • In-Universe Game Clock
  • Lost The TV Remote: This is what compels Michael to find a universal remote control; he goes through several remote controls and finds that none of them work the TV.
  • Married to the Job: Discovered the hard way.
  • Meaningful Echo: "Will you still love me in the morning? Forever and ever, babe." Donna and Michael had this exchange before their first kiss and later he pulled out the very same napkin the words were written on and they said them as Michael lay dying.
  • Meaningful Name: Morty is the Angel of Death.
    • You know who else is named for an angel? Michael.
      • Nothing about Michael's last name? New-Man?
  • Mood Whiplash: Going from typical Sandler-esque scenes like Michael watching a female jogger's breasts bounce in slo-mo, or farting in his boss' face, to seeing himself acting like a total Jerk Ass in his last meeting with his father, and later, then dying in the rain, is pretty jarring, thought that was most likely the intention.
  • Mythology Gag: This isn't the first time a Sandler character has made reference to Barney & Friends.
  • Nice Guy: Bill who is a genuinely decent guy infinitely nicer than Michael but who becomes the butt of his jokes.
  • Oscar Bait: The rampant TearJerkers following the halfway Mood Whiplash are pretty blatant in this regard.
  • Playing Gertrude: With Jonah Hill and Katie Cassidy. See the Dawson Casting example above.
  • Product Placement (?) - Bed, Bath & Beyond is a real store chain.
  • Rewind, Replay, Repeat: Michael realizes that abusing the "skip" function too many times has caused him to miss several key events in his life, including the death of his father. He attempts to rewind back to that moment. Morty tells him it can't be done, because Michael wasn't there at the time of his father's death. Grief-stricken, Michael can only rewind back to the last time he saw his father alive. Michael has become a great success at his job, but is now a heartless businessman. When his father shows up for a friendly visit, he attempts to bond with Michael one more time. Michael gives him a careless and brusque brush off. Michael-watching-the-rewind sees what In-the-Moment-Michael missed.
  • Running Gag: All the dogs Michael's family get shown having their way with a plush duck.
  • Sensitivity Training: Michael has to sit through one and uses the remote to entertain himself while he sits through it.
  • Setting Update: Click is "The Magic Thread", an old French tale, moved to the present-day United States. The source material was also dramatized on Adventures from the Book of Virtues.
  • Trailers Always Lie: There was no indication in the ads whatsoever that this film would try make the switch to drama.
    • The main trailer did slightly hint that things would get darker by showing the remote fastforwarding to Samantha as a teenager and a horrified Michael saying "what else did I miss?", but even then it didn't completely let on how serious the second half would get. It also notably edits footage to make it appear that Michael has not yet become horribly obese by this point.
  • Twenty Minutes into the Future: Thanks to the constant time skips caused by the remote "learning" to skip to promotions and other work-related successes, we see glimpses of a future where Everything Is An iPod. Of course, it's a bit confusing as to when they take place; the first time skip of any substantial amount is shown to have transported Michael to the year 2017, but the other time skips are left completely ambiguous, other than that the last one where he dies shortly afterwards and thus would likely be somewhere in the 2030s considering he's probably in his 30s at the beginning.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Michael and Donna. Even Morty makes a mention on this:
    Morty: By the way, your wife? Absolutely gorgeous.
    Michael: She is, isn't she?
    Morty: Perfect face. Tight, rocking body. (looks lustfully at Donna)
    Michael: You okay?
    Morty: Amazing.
    Michael: What is?
    Morty: She fell for a schlub like you.
  • The Unfavorite: Michael's daughter, Samantha. While he has several heart-to-heart moments with his son Ben during the time skips, he seemingly has nothing to say to her that isn't related to her breasts.
  • "Well Done, Son" Guy: During the periods where the Remote "fast-forwards" through his life, Michael becomes one of these.
  • Wham Line: This exchange between Michael and Morty in the cemetery after visiting Ted's grave.
    Morty: *standing at Ted's grave* He was a good man. I'm sorry, Michael. I didn't want to take him.
    Michael: What?
    Morty: Michael, I'm an angel.
    Michael: I thought angels were supposed to protect people.
    Morty: I'm the Angel of Death.
    • Another, smaller example:
    Michael: It took that son of a bitch a whole year to promote me?
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Possibly one of the few times in media a character gets to directly give one to himself. When Michael uses the remote to revisit the last time he saw his father, as his past self brushes him off the present-day Michael berates him for his behavior, repeatedly calling him pathetic.
  • When You Coming Home, Dad?: Michael works too hard.

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