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The Razzies: Did Adam Sandler and ‘Jack and Jill’ deserve all 10 awards?

Adam Sandler as Jill and Jack in “Jack and Jill,” a movie that set a new Razzie record. (Tracy Bennett/Sony via Associated Press)

Adam Sandler has achieved something truly unprecedented.

His comedy “Jack and Jill” — a film that finally gave Sandler the opportunity to pass gas onscreen as two different people, simultaneously — has swept the Razzie Awards, the annual “honors” handed out to the worst movies of the past year. That’s right; it won all 10 of the Golden Raspberry trophies, which has never happened in the 32-year history of the awards, not even in 2000, when “Battlefield Earth” was released.

This is sort of like the 2004 Oscars, when “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” won all 11 of the Academy Awards for which it was nominated. Except, you know, more embarrassing.

Jack and Jill” took home prizes for worst picture, worst screen ensemble, worst screenplay and worst director during the April Fools’ Day ceremony held in Santa Monica, Calif. It also cleaned up in every acting category.

Sandler was recognized as worst actor and actress for playing both Jack and Jill, Al Pacino earned worst supporting actor, and David Spade’s brief but memorably transformative cross-dressing performance as Monica, a meanie who gets into a bar fight with Jill, also resulted in a well-deserved Razzie for worst supporting actress.

In a blatant attempt to cover all possible bases, the worst screen couple — the only category decided via online voting — was given to “Adam Sandler and either Katie Holmes, Al Pacino or Adam Sandler.”

Was it fair to shower Sandler’s glaringly obvious stinker with so many awards, when other nominated movies — perhaps most notably, “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1” — were Razzie-worthy in more subtle ways? I mean, did “Jack and Jill” feature a grown man falling in love with a baby, or talking CGI wolves, or a childbirth scene that reportedly caused some people to have seizures? No, it did not. Which suggests Sandler has something to shoot for next time.

I’d also point out that one of these awards definitely should not have gone to Sandler’s excruciating attempt at family comedy: worst remake, rip-off or sequel. “Jack and Jill” won here as well, for purportedly being a rip-off of Ed Wood’s “Glen or Glenda,” which is clearly a stretch. The Razzie voters should have spread the love around and given this one to “Breaking Dawn” or “The Hangover Part II.” It’s so boring when one movie’s horrendousness completely overshadows the notable faults of other less-than-stellar films.

When she isn’t at a movie theater or writing about movies, Jen Chaney is ... um ... probably at home, watching a movie.


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