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(2006), PG-13 ["Hard" R-13*] (1hr 40min)
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(While the Scriptural references are certainly not subjective, my commentary may be and sometimes is somewhat subjective.)
Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Columbia Pictures Corporation, Revolution Studios, Happy Madison Productions, Original Film
Distribution (US): Sony Pictures Entertainment, Sony Pictures Releasing
Director(s): Frank Coraci
Producer(s): Doug Belgrad, Barry Bernardi, Todd Garner, Jack Giarraputo, Steve Koren, Tania Landau, Neal H. Moritz, Mark O'Keefe, Adam Sandler, Matthew Tolmach
Written by: Steve Koren, Mark O'Keefe
Cinematography/Camera: Dean Semler
Music: Rupert Gregson-Williams
Film Editing: Jeff Gourson
Casting: Roger Mussenden
Production Design: Perry Andelin Blake
Art Direction: Alan Au, Jeffrey Mossa
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6
I am completing this report rapid-fire, so please forgive me if I miss the taget a few times.
Please note that if you do not like to read about vulgar behaviors in and as entertainment, continue your surfing to another page now. I am indeed uncomfortable with sharing the content of this film and am as polite a I can be and try to sanitize the descriptions as best I can. But Click is a vulgar film and if you don't read about it here before your kids see this hard R-13 film (if they do) they will see and hear it all ... unsanitized. It is an Adam Sandler film so what else are we to expect? [Jude 1:4]
Dogs, large and small, make mating moves on a large stuffed duck. On both ends of the duck. One time with two dogs at once, one on each end of the duck. The wife talks about repairing the hole made by the dogs in the back end of the duck. Shadows show the movements of intercourse. Twice. One of those times the shadows show a dog making mating moves on the man's posterior as he makes the same moves on his stage wife. To coin a phrase and use it accurately, it doesn't get any better than that. [Eph. 5:4]
Such is the caliber of Click. How it got a PG-13 rating I have no idea and don't want to know. Though it is my subjective opinion, this film is not fit for anyone let alone 13 year old kids (and younger).
There is also the full gambit of profanity. Repeatedly. Including the most foul of the foul words, repeatedly. [Col. 3:8] And God's name in vain both with and without the four letter expletive, repeatedly. [Deut. 5:11] PG-13 films typically take one and a half to two of our log pages to record all the findings. This film required more than three. Seeing the list in the Sexual Immorality part of the Findings/Scoring section should help you fathom that.
This film is another perfect example of the CAP Rule of 1000: of Hollywood using hundreds of assaults on morality and decency of the "lesser" kind in less severely rated films to get the same effect as using fewer but more bold examples such as those typically used in R-rated films. See our CAP Rule of 1000 at
About the story, star architect Michael Newman (Adam Sandler) is becoming more and more pressured to perform at his job and has increasingly less time to attend family concerns.
It's a good story and it works. It works as well as it did in classics of entertainment such as It's a Wonderful Life complete with an angel and even Harry Chapin's Cats in the Cradle. Newman is George Bailey of It's a Wonderful Life and "dad" in Cats in the Cradle all rolled up into one. In each case the story is about a man who becomes obsessed with work/money and looses sight of the things that are really important.
From Chapin's Cat's in the Cradle: "When you coming home, dad?" "I don't know when, But we'll get together then. You know we'll have a good time then." A later verse of the song changes the person to "When you coming home, son?" "I don't know when, But we'll get together then. You know we'll have a good time then." Another repeated verse is "You know I'm gonna be like him." These verses echoed from long ago as Newman told his young son, Ben (Joseph Castanon) he would get to finishing the tree house ... soon. "I promise." "You know we'll have a good time then." But ten years later it is still not finished. Later in life, Newman's adult son (Jake Hoffman) becomes a carbon copy of his dad, canceling his honeymoon to attend to a really important job affair. "He'd grown up just like me. My boy was just like me." [Eph. 6:4]
One evening, Newman is so frustrated with trying to mix work with his kids he stops work for a moment to turn on a TV show to occupy the kids. As he clicks the remote the ceiling fan comes on. Clicking another remote he thought to be the TV remote, the garage door opens. Now Newman is fuming. He storms out to find a universal remote.
With all stores closed as if to spoof It's a Wonderful Life, Newman finally finds a "Bed, Bath and Beyond" store open. In the store, after searching high and low for TV remotes, Newman finds a door labeled "Beyond." Entering the door Newman finds a counter called "Way Beyond" and meets the clerk, Morty (Christopher Walken).
Morty empathizes with Newman and leads him to "Really New Stuff" and hands him a special universal remote. There is one catch. It may not be returned since it is free and not even in the bar code system yet. This remote is special and universal indeed. It controls the universe. With it, Newman is able to pause life, fast-forward it, reverse it and even call up a menu of his life.
The film does a good job of portraying loosing sight of things that are really important due to the addiction of workaholism. But the film is a victim of its own "message" as as it looses sight of things that are really important -- decency and morality. And as long as we defend films like this, embrace them, pay for them, enjoy them, want them, they won't change. [again Ps. 12:8] For the better anyway. "Better" by God's standards. Not ours.
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***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.
Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
Sexual Immorality (S)
Offense to God (O)
Christian Educators Association International
|There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our more than eight years of study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.|
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