Before you pop that newly purchased copy of Grown Ups into your Blu-ray player, check out this bit of news: Adam Sandler’s significant other in the upcoming movie Jack and Jill will be played by Santiago Segura (Torrente), a Spanish comedian known for his portrayal of an angry, unemployed policeman. Let that sink in for a minute.
Maybe it would help if I told you that Sandler will not only be playing Jack, but also cross-dressing as Jill. For clarity’s sake, Segura will be the love interest of Jill. The premise of Jack and Jill is that Jill visits her brother Jack for Thanksgiving and then refuses to leave, complicating his lifestyle and opening up all new comedic possibilities. Segura is only the latest addition to this strange cast which also includes Al Pacino, Dana Carvey, Shaquille O’Neal, and Regis Philbin.
Hit the jump to see where I think Jack and Jill will rank in Sandler’s movies.
It’s hard to believe that 2011’s Jack and Jill will mark Sandler’s forty-first title in a career that has spanned four decades. And I don’t think I’m alone in saying that the quality of his work has been on a parabolic trajectory. While I applaud him for taking chances with his roles (Punch-Drunk Love, Reign Over Me, Funny People), his dramatic work has never solidified him in our culture as anything but that goofy guy who does funny voices. And there’s nothing wrong with that. Ask Robin Williams.
So I hope that the days of Sandler’s sarcastic, self-deprecating dramas are over, along with the unfunny comedies he churns out simply to line his pockets. Grown Ups may be the most successful of his projects, taking in over $260 million internationally, while also being among the worst-received critically.
Do I have hope for Jack and Jill? Not really. The bright spot may be that Segura may use this role as a jumping off point to reach American audiences, a sentiment echoed in the LA Times. Sacha Baron Cohen is apparently attached to the English-language version of the Torrente movies that made Segura a household name in Spain, which will only add to Segura’s international exposure.