At least they warned us.Jack and Jill
is a 2011 comedy film starring Adam Sandler
. The film tells the story of Jack Sadelstein (Sandler), a successful advertising executive enjoying life with his career and family including his wife Erin (Katie Holmes). But when he learns that his annoying twin sister, Jill (also Sandler), is coming over for the Thanksgiving holidays, and when she decides to stay in town a bit longer, this results in getting Jack to get Al Pacino
to date her so he can get Jill out of town, to less than satisfying results.
The film was both a commercial and critical failure, falling short of its 80 million dollar budget and appearing on several "worst films of the year lists" by almost everyone who saw it. It also won all ten Golden Raspberry Awards
in its year of eligibility, making it the first in the show's history to do a complete sweep of every single category and (incidentally) the most "honored" film in that entity's history. It is also Dennis Dugan
's worst received film on Rotten Tomatoes
, holding a solid 3%.
This film provides examples of:
- All Love Is Unrequited: Jill does not return Pacino's feelings.
- As Himself: Al Pacino.
- Attractive Bent-Gender: Sandler tries to pull this off in playing Jill, but ends up making Jill look like his transvestite twin brother more than his twin sister.
- Behind the Black: There's a scene where Norm MacDonald's character goes on a date with Jill. Because he finds Jill repulsive, he decides to hide in the bathroom. When Jill comes looking for him, she opens the stall door to find it empty and leaves... only for the camera to pan up and show MacDonald hanging from the overhead light.
- Continuity Nod: The hobo from Happy Gilmore makes an appearance.
- Covers Always Lie: Mexican promotion for the movie made a big emphasis on famous comedian Eugenio Derbez appearing on the movie, when his role wasn't too big.
- Game Show Appearance: For some reason, Jill becomes a contestant on The Price Is Right... and gets knocked out by the Big Wheel.
- Informed Attribute: The Jill we're told about is a sweet, bighearted woman who loves seeing her brother succeed. The Jill we're shown is mean, manipulative, loud-mouthed and obnoxious.
- Perhaps intentional to show just good she is at manipulating people that she can delude them into thinking she has merits that aren't actually there.
- Leaning on the Fourth Wall: Debatable, but at the end of the film we see Al Pacino act in the new Dunkin' Donuts commercial; after seeing his spot, he orders the film be burned and that no one ever sees it again. He might not have just been talking about the commercial...
- Product Placement: Justified, such as it is - Jack works as an ad executive.
- Screw the Money, I Have Rules!: Jack disguises himself as Jill so Al Pacino can spend time with "her" and agree to appear in the commercial. Eventually, Jack realizes he's gone too far and runs off, to which Al asks if she'll come back if he agrees to do the commercial, to which Jack replies "forget the commercial!" Of course, Al Pacino does end up doing the commercial after all... and then wants all copies destroyed.