I’m continuing my series of reviews of movies in which the protagonist is an architect. As a reminder, I have settled on a model popular with many architecture professors, which goes like this:
- Develop a set of categories specific to the project
- Rigorously apply numerical rubric based on satisfaction of program, interaction with context and relative strength of the work with respect to precedent set by similar projects
- Disregard numbers, assign arbitrary grade
In this way, the grades are equally meaningless for everyone which imparts a kind of perverse fairness.
Here are the categories and points scored by Click, released in 2006 starring Adam Sandler, Kate Beckinsdale and Christopher Walken. Michael Newman (Sandler) is an overworked architect determined to win the rat race. A loving guy deep down, he finds himself neglecting his wife (Beckinsdale) and kids (kids) so he get ahead at work and keep up with the Joneses, or in his case, the O’Doyles. In search of a way to make his life easier he meets a quirky scientist (Walken) who gives him a universal remote capable of controlling much more than his appliances. Will Newman’s remote give him the happiness he desires all at once, or will he have to learn his lesson the hard way over three acts? And will it all be a dream at the end? Find out in Click.
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- French Curves in the opening scene: ~8
- Poor drafting technique: -2B
- Number of good songs on the Click soundtrack: +16
- Instances of casual sexism counted by the author, a male: -8
- Instances of casual sexism counted by the author’s spouse, a female: who cares
- Newman is still drafting construction documents by hand: -864 (24 x 36)
PAINFULLY TRUE QUOTES: COMBO!
- Husband to wife: “But I have to build an entire model tonight”: +100
- About a demanding client: “Of course it has to be done quickly. They’re Japanese, they can’t even wait for their fish to cook”: +200
- Exchange between architect and child: “I’m going to teach you calculus” “You know calculus?” “…”: +300
- Client to architect, presented with a detailed model: “Make the bar longer”: +400
- Husband to wife: “I’m not out drinking, or gambling, or hitting on chicks, I’m working my ass off so my family can have a better life”: +500
- Said in the year 2021: “I’m down with that”: C-C-C-COMBO BREAKER
Casting and makeup awards
- Christopher Walken as a mad scientist: +25
- Christopher Walken as an angel of death: +10
- Nick Swardson as a Bed, Bath and Beyond employee: +50
- Old Sean Astin: +76 years
- Fat Adam Sandler: -400lbs
- Chance of hospitals looking like this in 10 years: 3%
- Chance of a code official approving this font for a hospital: 3%
- Chance of a code official approving that font for a space station: 99%
Total Score: 516
I was honestly impressed with this movie. Granted, I really underestimated it going in, so maybe it just caught me by surprise. But this movie delivered on a good message, with only one gratuitous fart joke. As far as representation of the architecture profession goes it was sort of all over the place. There were some aspects they whiffed on and some that were dead on. The overall arc of the movie, while something any hard worker can relate to, accurately portrays the potential pitfalls of the profession.
Final Grade: B+
Note: I was getting worried about what Netflix might think of me. For the last review I watched the sex scene from Indecent Proposal about 100 times to try and get a pervy screencap (that I didn’t even use for the post). Then I watched a fat Adam Sandler get out of bed 100 times. But then after watching Click, Netflix suggested I watch Scary Movie 3, Ali, or Uptown Girls. If that’s the algorithm I’m dealing with I think I’m in good shape.