Stop me if you've heard this one. A well-intentioned schlub neglects his wife and kids by spending too much time at the office. Somewhere along the way he discovers that there's more to life than promotions and pay raises. Schlub somehow learns to put family first—hugs all around and happily ever after. I'm not sure whether it's more frustrating that this story has become one of the top movie clichés of all time, or that it's probably truer of more fathers than we'd like to admit.
The schlub in this case is Michael Newman (Adam Sandler), and we're supposed to accept that he's single-minded enough to think he can someday earn a partnership at his architectural firm with a taskmaster as arrogant as Mr. Ammer (David Hasselhoff). We're also expected to believe that he would neglect his family life with a devoted wife as gorgeous as Kate Beckinsale, er, Donna, and two sweetly tempered children who want nothing more than quality time with Daddy.
Clichés and contrivances aside, Click has a terrific gimmick going for it that works to serve the formula. Frustrated from time wasted fumbling with his household's growing collection of remote controls, Michael goes shopping late at night for a universal remote. He ends up at Bed Bath and Beyond, the first store that's open, and quickly discovers what that third "B" is all about. In the back room, he meets an eccentric scientist named Morty (Christopher Walken), who presents Michael with the mother of all remotes sure to "rock your world."
Turns out the gadget not only operates the TV, but Michael's entire life as well. Imagine being able to take control of everything in the palm of your hand! Mute those pesky annoyances that keep you from getting work done. Fast-forward ...1
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