Click: Adam Sandler's Comedy

In the new comedy “Click,” Adam Sandler plays Michael Newman, a busy architect who's trying to get ahead in the corporate world. One day, he innocently purchases a remote control that seems to work magic–it not only lets him control his TV set and stereo, but virtually his entire life. Sounds too good to be true. And it is, because soon, the technologicaly sophisticated device is controlling Michael is ways he never imagined possible.

The film's origins

There was a joke between me and my girlfriend. We got into a long argument, so I picked up the remote, pointed it at her and hit the mute button. She did find my little wish amusing, but I thought a lot of people could relate.

Thematic premises

What if you could actually control your life with the remote What if you could raise the volume of the world or lower it What is you could rewind your life and look back at your past What, if instead of worrying about the future, you could fast forward and look at it

Exploring your past and future

There were many different areas for the character to explore and it was fun having him jump around while trying to maintain a consistent emotional arc. In addition to exploring the past and future to find what he wants, Adam Sandler learns other things about his life along the way. In the end, it's really a movie about living in the present.”

Easy and tough part of writing

The easy part was sitting around with my writing partner Mark O'Keefe and coming up with every joke we could think of about the use of a remote. The tougher part, however, was the emotional journey, which, writing-wise, was very touch to construct.

Time frame

Click is not like most films, where you start one day and you end a week later. You're constantly jumping around. The movie starts in the present, then goes to the past, then leaps ahead 30 years into the future, and then drops back to when the character is a child.

Intentional wishes

At work, Adam wants this promotion without having to sit around and experience the day-to-day drudgery of getting there. With a simple press of the button, he's suddenly a partner. Who wouldn't be tempted to hit that button

Technology with life of its own

However, problems arise when the remote starts to anticipate his intentions and makes jumps all on its own. Every time Adam starts arguing with his wife, the remote jumps until the fight is over. At first, Adam knows where's going, but soon he has no idea what's going to happen next. He just keeps waking up and suddenly it's 30 years later and he's in bed with someone he doesn't know.

Serious themes

The autopilot aspect of the story came about to underline the more serious themes of the movie. You can be at an event, but not really present. You're either thinking about something that happened in your past or worried about getting somewhere else later. We decided to give it a nameyou're on autopilot, talking to people but not really there.

Favorite segment

My favorite segment of Click is when Adam first gets the remote and he hits the menu on his life. I just love the fantasy of that happening to you. Somebody gives you a DVD and says, 'Here's your life,' and you pop it into the player and hear a running commentary on the making of you. That was really fun to write, and even more fun to watch Frank Coraci directing the scene and Adam acting it. It's a real joke bag, literally one joke after another, after another.

Working with Adam Sandler

My relationship with Adam dates back to “Saturday Night Live,” where we worked on many sketches together. Comedians like Adam are good at thinking on their feet, so they're always coming up with new jokes. He loves to hear ideas and he usually takes them and comes up with something even better. It's fun to throw stuff at Adam, because he runs with it so that every take is different.