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Click is a comedy/drama/fantasy film directed by Frank Coraci. It was released on June 23, 2006. Click tells the story of overworked Michael Newman (Adam Sandler), an architect so wrapped up in his job because of his boss (David Hasselhoff), that his family is forced to take the backseat. This particularly frustrates his wife (Kate Beckinsale). It began filming in late-2005 and was finished by early-2006.

The screenplay is written by Steve Koren, Mark O'Keefe, Tim Herlihy and Sandler himself, marking the first time since 2002's Eight Crazy Nights in which Sandler has written one of his own films. It is Henry Winkler's third film with Sandler and Sean Astin's second. The overall moral is that family should come first, then work. He learns that your family members are more important than if you're going to get a raise or if you're getting promoted.

Michael Newman is a loving family man who just wants to make partner in his architectural firm so that he can spend more time with his wife and kids. When having trouble locating the correct remote to control his television late one night after an argument with his wife, he gets angry and drives past Best Buy and Staples to buy a universal remote control. Finding both stores closed, he enters Bed Bath & Beyond and after meeting a creepy teen salesman lays on a bedding display. He rises and makes his way to the "Beyond" section, where he meets Morty (Christopher Walken), an eccentric inventor type. Morty takes him to the "way beyond" storeroom and gives Michael a one-of-a-kind universal remote control which Michael believes to be an ordinary remote. Morty warns him that it is "non-returnable". To his amazement he finds out that the remote is literally universal, in that it controls the universe, and interprets his wishes, even learning to anticipate them. It allows him to fast-forward, rewind, and even pause his own life and quite possibly have the life he's been neglecting. After having some fun with it (it has some effects on other people), he decides to do something serious and fast-forwards with the remote to the promotion that he was sure would be 3 months away. Instead, when he fast-forwards, 14 months go by, in the year 2007. When discovering this he says, "It took that bastard (referencing his boss) a year to promote me?" The remote is smart, and self-programming based on user preferences. In short order the remote is automatically programmed (by his usage of it) to skip or fastforward through sickness, foreplay, showering, traffic, arguments with his wife, and waiting for the entire lead up to promotions. In each case he is alive but on 'autopilot' during the interim, so has no conscious experience of what happened. When he figures out that that is the way it has been programmed, he goes to work on his daughter's bicycle in his bathrobe to avoid automatically fast-forwarding through traffic or showering.

When he arrives at work on his first day as a partner, his ex-boss, now partner, queries his lax dress-code and is convinced by his explanation. He calls him a revolutionary man and says "You might even be CEO of this company some day." After that, he winds up being fast-forwarded 10 years to the year 2017, where he finds drastic changes have happened in his life: his wife has divorced him and married his son's former swimming instructor, he's become grossly overweight from eating Yodels and on arriving at his home find his son is going through a fat phase too after his own example, while his daughter is a skimpily dressed party girl type. He is shocked to learn he has meanwhile left his wife and she has remarried. He gets into a fight, is knocked unconscious by the dog (which has replaced his previous dog — incidentally all the successive dog(s) ever seem to do is hump a large soft-toy duck), is fast forwarded through a period of serious sickness, having had a medical check thanks to his concussion and been diagnosed with cancer. When he wakes to consciousness after his sickness, he is no longer fat, but flabby after liposuction, which he underwent because, as his ex-wife says, he was the only man ever to actually gain weight on chemotherapy. They begin to argue, so Michael's remote then fast-forwards him another six years into the future, to the year 2023. His father has died. He rewinds to when they last met, and finds he was very harsh to his father, with a hurtful remark about how he always knew the secret of the old man's lifelong parlor trick, which was biting off a piece of a coin. He fast forwards to stand at his father's gravestone, a particularly crucial moment arrives when Morty reveals his true identity: the Angel of Death, who was sorry to take his father. He then fast forwards seven years to his son's wedding in 2030. There, he hears his daughter calling her mother's new husband "Dad" and is overcome with a heart attack. He passes out and awakens (still in 2030) in a hospital, with his kids by his side. His son informs him that his own honeymoon will have to take a backseat until his own situation at work is under control. Michael immediately becomes fearful of his son going down the same path as he. He tears himself off his lifesaving instruments (despite Morty's warning) and walks out to catch up with and warn his son of the possible consequences should he continue to prioritize work over family. Surrounded by his family, he lies dying in the street, in the rain. Not before reconciling with his family and having his wife tell him she still loves him. Morty is there too. He then wakes up in Bed Bath & Beyond (— a deus ex machina). While this part of the movie is left open to interpretation, it seems it was all a dream and he'd fallen asleep on the display bed, or, he really did die and Morty, knowing that Michael needed a break, decided to give him another chance. But, at the end of the movie, he returns home to find the familiar remote control on his counter, with an attached note from Morty stating that, now, Michael knows what to do with it, and that he still finds Michael's wife's rocking body attractive. He chucks it in the garbage, signifying a major change in his outlook on life.

The film shows that the remote control’s features include:

Pause
Causes everyone and everything but Michael (and Morty, near the end of the film) to freeze in place. Michael sometimes assaults people while they are paused; they feel sudden pain and suspect nothing.
Fast forward
Can be used to accelerate other people or the family dog (who apparently do not notice this change). When used on Michael’s life, puts him on auto-pilot during the skipped interval. (While on auto-pilot, Michael cannot change his habits. His wife notices when he has been on auto-pilot for a long period, but nobody else does.)
Rewind
Cannot undo anything, but allows Michael to revisit (without changing) the past. The Michael with the remote control is separate from the Michael in the revisited time period and can walk in and around the revisited scene unnoticed. It is revealed in the graveyard scene that Michael can only rewind to scenes in which he was present at that time.
Volume control
Used to silence a barking dog (who apparently does not notice his bark being suppressed). Also used on a man playing and singing loud music in a traffic jam.
Language selection
Options include, but are not limited to English, Spanish and Japanese. Produces a perfect translation, unlike the garbled output of real machine translators. Michael uses this to eavesdrop on prospective Japanese clients and learn what they think of his proposal; this helps him win their account. He also uses this to break the tedium of a seminar by switching everyone’s language, including his own, to Spanish. (Michael is the only one aware of either change.)
Color adjustment
Michael experiments with this on his own complexion. Seems to work only with hue (although the saturation increases greatly during his experimentation). Other people notice his "tan."
Aspect ratio selection
Choices are normal, wide and panoramic. Michael uses this to make his boss much shorter and fatter; his voice also changes correspondingly. (No one but Michael is aware of the change.)
Main menu
This includes scene selection and bonus features such as a making-of and a running commentary (voiced by James Earl Jones).
Picture in Picture
Michael uses this while Janine is complaining. when the button is pressed, a picture of Hideki Matsui of the New York Yankees hitting a three run home run shows up at the bottom right corner of the screen. (only Michael can see this)

Cast

* Adam Sandler – Michael Newman
* Kate Beckinsale – Donna Newman
* Christopher Walken – Morty
* David Hasselhoff – John Ammer
* Henry Winkler – Ted Newman
* Julie Kavner – Trudy Newman (Michael's mother)
* Sean Astin – Bill Rando
* James Earl Jones – Narrator/Commentary
* Sophie Monk – Stacy (Ammer's secretary)
* Joseph Castanon – Benjamin Newman age 7
* Jonah Hill – Benjamin Newman age 18
* Jake Hoffman – Benjamin Newman age 24
* Tatum McCann – Samantha Newman age 5
* Lorraine Nicholson – Samantha Newman age 16
* Katie Cassidy – Samantha Newman age 22
* Rob Schneider – Prince Habeeboo
* Rachel Dratch – Alice the secretary
* Jennifer Coolidge – Janine
* Cameron Monaghan – Kevin O'Doyle
* Nick Swardson – Bed, Bath and Beyond Guy
* Terry Crews – Man in Chevrolet Corvette C6 singing Working For the Weekend
* Lily Mo Sheen – Little girl on Michael's past

As of August 17, 2006 the film has grossed US$135,105,606 in the USA and US$20,611,901 outside the USA, with a total gross of US$155,717,507

* The Bed, Bath and Beyond that is used for exterior shots is located in Hawthorne, California.
* The remote does not look anything like the one on the poster illustration (except that it is blue)
* Most scenes takes place in 2006, 2007, 2017, 2023, and 2030. Various flashbacks take place in other years including the 1970's.
* The O'Doyle family in the movie is a reference to the family in Billy Madison. Morty's recommendation that Michael "go to a happy place" is a reference to Happy Gilmore.
* When Michael arrives in 2023, the TV screen showing the news and Michael has the Freedom Tower in the background. Also, the future wedding scene in 2030 shows the completed Freedom Tower. A duplicate one is also present, although this is technically incorrect since the current plan for the Freedom Tower only includes one very large tower.
* Rob Schneider makes a cameo as Prince Habibu (in makeup) in the beginning of the movie. Schneider appears in most of Sandler's films and vice versa.
* Time-controlling remote-controls have previously been featured as plot devices in short stories by Paul Jennings and RL Stine.
* Michael Newman rewinds to a camping trip during his childhood in 1976. The 'cool kids' would much rather watch Three's Company in one of an RV than eat with him at his camping tent. This is an error, as Three's Company did not debut until March 15, 1977.
* The camping trip was at Lake Winepisaukee. This is an actual lake in New Hampshire. Adam Sandler was raised in Manchester, New Hampshire.
* In the flashback to Michael and Donna's first kiss, Janine is wearing a Bart Simpson T-shirt. This would have to mean their first kiss took place in at least the early-1990s as The Simpsons products had yet to be marketed before, but the fact that Michael and Donna's song was released in 1993.
* In the same flashback, Michael wears a J. Geils Band T-shirt. Sandler sang one of their songs (Love Stinks) in The Wedding Singer
* Also, during the flashback scene, a man can be seen wearing a black leather jacket with The Misfits's skull on the back.
* A Donkey Kong arcade machine can be seen in the same flashback scene.
* There is a similar scene in the Family Guy episode North by North Quahog where Peter goes to the Beyond section of Bed, Bath, and Beyond.
* The film was shot using the high-definition Genesis (Panavision) camera.
* Walken plays Morty, the angel of death. He played the same role as the Archangel Gabriel in the movie "The Prophecy", 11 years earlier.
* Winkler previously has collaborated with Sandler in The Waterboy and Little Nicky.
* The DVD and Blu-ray versions were released on October 10th, 2006. The Blu-ray version is the first ever dual-layer release.
* mors, mort- is the Latin word and stem meaning death. Morty is the Angel of Death
* In the German version, the commentary is said to be spoken by Arnold Schwarzenegger, and actually spoken by Thomas Danneberg, who dubs Schwarzenegger in his movies. James Earl Jones is not known much in Germany.
* Much of the criticism surrounding this film comes from the obvious re-hash of the TV remote that can control time/people. Several critics pointed out similarities to a multitude of other projects that already feature this plot device.

Music

* The Cranberries - "Linger"
* Air Supply - "Making Love Out of Nothing At All"
* Loverboy - "Working for the Weekend"
* New Radicals - "You Get What You Give"
* T. Rex - "20th Century Boy"
* Tears for Fears - "Everybody Wants to Rule the World"
* The Cars - "Magic"
* Dolores O'Riordan - "Linger"
* The Kinks - "Do It Again"
* The Strokes - "Someday"
* U2 - "Ultraviolet (Light My Way)"
* Toto - "Hold The Line"
* Gwen Stefani - "Cool"Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2 or any later version published by the Free Software Foundation; with no Invariant Sections, with no Front-Cover Texts, and with no Back-Cover Texts.
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