Jack and Jill review: The comedy so excruciating it was kept away from British critics


Jack and Jill: The comedy so excruciating it was kept away from British critics

Jack and Jill (PG)

Verdict: A turkey each for Jack and Jill

Amazingly, Jack And Jill is even lousier than I feared it would be. This ultra-cynical attempt to combine the crudest excremental humour and the most glutinously sickly sentiment is so excruciating it was kept away from British critics, but I watched it anyway, with mounting horror.

It stars Adam Sandler not once but twice. He plays Jack, an obnoxious Jewish ad executive, as though being directed through an earpiece by Joseph Goebbels.

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Atrocious double act: As usual in the Sandler oeuvre, racist, sexist and diarrhoea gags abound, not one of them funny

Atrocious double act: As usual in the Sandler oeuvre, racist, sexist and diarrhoea gags abound, not one of them funny

Sandler then puts on drag and a fatsuit to play Jill, the flatulent, loudmouth sister who becomes his demanding houseguest. It’s impossible to judge which performance is the less amusing.

Atrocious supporting performances come from Katie Holmes as Jack’s long-suffering wife, and Al Pacino as himself, going way beyond endearing self-parody as a deranged movie star.

As usual in the Sandler oeuvre, racist, sexist and diarrhoea gags abound, not one of them funny.

What looked to me like a record number of crass product placements helped to fund the picture. I sincerely hope that you won’t.