In a new series, our writers explore their best worst film. They’ll tell you what the critics got wrong – and why it’s time to give these movies another chance.
As an academic, I am always amused to see my peers and students recoil in horror when I tell them I am a fan of Adam Sandler films.
“Really?” they usually say knowingly.
While his dramatic work in Punch Drunk Love (2002), The Meyerowitz Stories (2017) and Uncut Gems (2019) has been critically lauded, Sandler and his brand of slapstick comedy, though popular with audiences, are equally unpopular with critics.
But if you look beyond the surface-level silliness, many of his mass-market films contain a clever blend of social commentary, philosophy and moral education — all of which can be seen in the critically maligned Click (2006).
Directed by Frank Coraci, Click centres around Michael Newman (Sandler), a time-poor architect working long hours to try to…