You would think that having your film sweep every single category of a highly visible awards show would be a once in a lifetime honor that would be a career capping moment. But that’s not really the case when the awards show we’re talking about is the annual Razzie Awards for worst in filmmaking. No, in this case, winning every award is a pretty clear indication that you’re a shame to the entire human race, and should probably stop making movies.
In accordance with the new schedule that the Razzies are working under this year, they announced their winners yesterday, on April Fool’s Day. When the nominations were first announced, it looked like Adam Sandler’s Happy Madison production, Jack and Jill, was set to take home a record-breaking amount of awards; and boy, did it. For the first time in the history of the Razzies, one movie swept the show, winning (relatively speaking) in every single category.
Which I guess begs the question: did Jack and Jill deserve to win every worst of the year award, or is this just a publicity stunt meant to get more attention on the Razzies? While it would be hard to argue that Jack and Jill isn’t one of the most putrid, insulting films that’s been produced in a long time, it would seem to me that publicity stunt is the more likely answer.
First off, the guidelines under which it was eligible for the Worst Remake, Rip-Off, or Sequel award are completely ludicrous, and its inclusion in said category was clearly designed so that they could give the movie a clean sweep. And, secondly, true connoisseurs of bad Adam Sandler movies know that, despite the fact Jack and Jill is the more easily mocked feature, Just Go With It (which shared two of this year’s awards) was actually the worst movie that he made this year. And heck, Happy Madison’s other big production, Bucky Larson: Born to be a Star, was clearly robbed of recognition in several of these categories, as well.
Don’t get me wrong, I agree that Adam Sandler’s modern comedies are a blight on humanity that need to be erased; but let’s not go fudging the books just to create awards show narratives. I expect more from an annual, clearly ridiculous mockery of our self-congratulatory culture. Doesn’t anyone care about credibility anymore?
For your convenience, I’ve listed the winners of each award, so that you don’t have to go to the official site and click through the categories singly. Enjoy:
Worst Picture: Jack and Jill
Worst Actor: Adam Sandler, Jack and Jill and Just Go With It
Worst Actress: Adam Sander (as “Jill”) Jack and Jill
Worst Supporting Actor: Al Pacino (as “Al Pacino”) Jack and Jill
Worst Supporting Actress: David Spade (as “Monica”) Jack and Jill
Worst Screen Ensemble: The Entire Cast of Jack and Jill
Worst Director: Dennis Dugan, Jack and Jill and Just Go With It
Worst Remake, Rip-off, or Sequel: Jack and Jill (Remake/Rip-Off of Ed Wood’s Cross-Dressing Camp Classic Glen or Glenda)
Worst Screen Couple: Adam Sandler and either Katie Holmes, Al Pacino, or Adam Sander, Jack and Jill
Worst Screenplay: Jack and Jill Screenplay by Steve Koren & Adam Sandler, Story by Ben Zook