Jack and Jill was released in the US on November 11, 2011 and gears up for release in the UK on February 3, 2012.
Plot of Jack and Jill
Jack is a successful advertising executive living with his wife Erin (Katie Holmes) and kids in Los Angeles. However, the cheerful guy fears one event every year- the appearance of his twin sister Jill. As anticipated, she arrives on Thanksgiving Day and tortures him and his family. The sister leaves no stone unturned in causing embarrassment to her brother in public. Erin has no choice but to play the peacemaker here. Jack tries his best to get Jill sorted but all she ends up doing is putting the family into more chaotic situations.
The movie has been panned in the US for crude humor and offensive content. The humor falls flat on the face, there is a lot of slapstick stuff here including fart jokes and comments on Jill’s weight problems and looks. Katie is trapped in a thankless role, so much that you feel like pulling her out of the film. In fact, Time Magazine even rated Jack and Jill as one of the worst films of 2011. Though, most sections of US have criticized the film, it remains to be seen how it fares in the UK.
Jack and Jill has a running screen time of 91 minutes. It has been made with a budget of more than $79 million and has managed to earn $98,530,350.
Jack and Jill has a good bunch of actors including Al Pacino, who plays himself, Tim Meadows, Gary Valentine, Dana Carvey, Allen Covert and cameo appearance by many actors like Shaquille O’ Neal, Bruce Jenner, Drew Carrey, Jared Fogle as themselves, Drew Barrymore, David Spade, Norm MacDonald, Santiago Segura, John Farley and Regis Philbin.
Jack and Jill has been written by three writers including Ben Zook, Steve Koren and Robert Smigel. The cinematography is by Dean Cundey while Tom Constain has done the editing. The movie is produced by Todd Garner, Jack Giarraputo and Steve Koren.
Adam Sandler is known as $100 million considering most of his comedy films have done that kind of business. His other releases in 2011, ‘Just Go with It’ and ‘Zookeeper’ however did not do as well as expected, with the latter one bombing in the box office. Katie Holmes also had a bad 2011 with both ‘The Son of No One’ and ‘Don’t be Afraid of the Dark’ getting poor reception.
Adam Sandler and Katie Holmes have been appreciated for their performances in Jack and Jill but the same cannot be said about the film. We will have to wait and watch how the UK responds to the film. Considering, slapstick humor has done well, goes well with English audiences, one cannot predict the response yet. We will come to know if Jack and Jill is worth the money on February 3, 2012