New to DVD: 'Jack and Jill,' 'Footloose' and 'Game of Thrones'

March 8, 2012 8:45 am
  • Julianne Hough, center, and Kenny Wormald lead the way in "Footloose."
    Julianne Hough, center, and Kenny Wormald lead the way in "Footloose."
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' Jack and Jill'

3 stars = Good
Ratings explained

For male comedians, the 11th commandment -- one of the missing ones on that tablet Moses dropped in "History of the World" -- is: "Thou shalt not pass up the opportunity to do drag." They all feel compelled to do so at some point, from Milton Berle through Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis, Dustin Hoffman and Eddie Murphy. Adam Sandler makes for a humorously grotesque woman, indeed, in "Jack and Jill."

He plays LA ad executive Jack Sadelstein, desperate to land the big Dunkin Donuts commercial, kicking off its bold new product-challenge to cappuccino: Dunkaccino. But Jack is equally desperate -- and much distracted -- by a need to survive his dreaded annual torture: the Thanksgiving visit of twin sister, Jill, who won't leave.

He's trying to promote Dunkaccino with Al Pacino, who is fully booked these days playing Shakespearean stage roles and having a post-midlife nervous breakdown. How can Jack get him for the Dunkin commercial? Taking sister Jill to a Lakers game provides the accidental answer.

This is director Dennis Dugan's eighth effort with Mr. Sandler and perhaps their best. As always, it includes their trademark gross-out flatulence scenes, Jewish jokes (Jill thinks "Skype" is something anti-Semitic), shameless product branding, and an obligatory syrupy PG ending.

While you're watching, see how many other pop-culture Sandler pals you can find in cameos here: Dana Carvey, Regis Philbin, Shaquille O'Neal, Drew Carey, John McEnroe, Christie Brinkley, Michael Irvin, Bruce Jenner and the Subway sandwich guy -- for starters.

-- Post-Gazette

' Footloose'

3 stars = Good
Ratings explained

It's been 27 years since Kevin Bacon played an outsider who danced out of anger, out of joy, to have fun and just because that's what teenagers do, in addition to listening to loud music.


First Published 2012-03-07 23:10:47

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