starring Adam Sandler, Kate Beckinsale, Christopher Walken, David Hasselhoff, Henry Winkler, Julie Kavner and Sean Astin
written by Steve Koren and Mark O’Keefe
directed by Frank Coraci
I like Adam Sandler. I don’t know why, exactly. He is a little younger than me, but I recognize and like his humor as well as much of the music used to soundtrack his movies.
A young father and overworked architect struggles with his job and trying to find time for his family. When he goes out shopping for a universal remote control for the appliances in his house he accidentally comes away with a remote control that controls his universe, not his appliances. He discovers that he can fast forward through his life, pause things, skip ahead chapters in his life, or skip back to review things, mute, control volume and even choose different languages. But the device is a double edged tool. Isn’t everything? By skipping forward chapters of his life he ends up missing watching his children grow up, and every time he pushes Play again his life is not recognizable.
The lessons are that for good or bad, life is for living, not skipping, that family supersedes work, and that work is for living, not the other way around. It’s a really silly movie, but it’s good for a laugh. I liked David Hasselhoff as Adam Sandler’s boss. Since starring in the 1980s sitcom, Knightrider, Hasselhoff has often played parodies of himself in film - much like William Shatner (Captain Kirk), I suppose. But that serves to underrate his talent. I like him as a film actor.