A workaholic architect finds a universal remote that allows him to fast-forward and rewind to different parts of his life. Complications arise when the remote starts to overrule his choices.


Frank Coraci
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Adam Sandler ... Michael Newman
Kate Beckinsale ... Donna Newman
Christopher Walken ... Morty
David Hasselhoff ... Ammer
Henry Winkler ... Ted Newman
Julie Kavner ... Trudy Newman
Sean Astin ... Bill
Joseph Castanon ... Ben Newman at 7 Years Old
Jonah Hill ... Ben at 17 Years Old
Jake Hoffman ... Ben Newman at 22-30 Years Old
Tatum McCann ... Samantha Newman at 5 Years Old
Lorraine Nicholson ... Samantha Newman at 14 Years Old
Katie Cassidy ... Samantha at 27 Years Old
Cameron Monaghan ... Kevin O'Doyle
Jennifer Coolidge ... Janine


Michael Newman (Sandler) is a hard working family man, who must please his boss (Hasselhoff), in order to get promoted. Problem is he gets less time with his family, and wishes for a remote in which he can control his life. This soon comes true for Newman, when he meets Morty (Walken), a crazy sales clerk, who has the ultimate remote. A remote in which he can do anything, including muting, skipping and dubbing his life. He finds this to be the opportunity in which he can not only skip every argument, but also skip to his promotion. He sees this as a good idea, until the remote goes horribly wrong. Written by Film_Fan

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What If You Had A Universal Remote... That Controlled Your Universe?

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language, crude and sex-related humor, and some drug references | See all certifications »

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Even though Columbia Pictures and Revolution Studios collaborated on the film, this is the only film that reads, "Columbia Pictures and Revolution Studios present" in the opening credits and promotional material, because Columbia Pictures is a copyright holder. See more »


The interior layout of the house does not match the outside - The outside shows a 1 story house that is flat along the front, and that garage on the right side. But inside there is a staircase, and the front entry sticks out further than the rest (so it could not be a flat front house) and in the beginning when Michael is leaving to look for a universal remote, he goes to the garage, but goes on the other end of the house than what is shown outside. See more »


Morty: [standing at Ted's, Michael's dad's, grave] He was a good man. I'm sorry, Michael. I didn't want to take him.
Michael Newman: What?
Morty: Michael, I'm an angel.
Michael Newman: I thought angels were supposed to protect people.
Morty: I'm the Angel of Death.
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Crazy Credits

The credits play over the "main menu" sequence from when Michael is selecting moments from his life. See more »


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Theme from S.W.A.T.
Written by Barry De Vorzon
Performed by Rhythm Heritage
Courtesy of Geffen Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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A beautiful blend of comedy with drama-warning, if you have a heart, you will cry
13 February 2020 | by acedjSee all my reviews

Michael Newman has it all; a gorgeous wife that really loves him, two beautiful kids, a great home and a job he does well. Still he is not entirely satisfied with how his career is progressing and resents spending time away from big projects that might further him in the company.

One night in a Bed Bath and Beyond, while looking for a universal remote for his TV, Michael runs into a guy named Morty. Morty is a bit odd, but gives Micheal the remote. Instead of being meant for a TV, this remote controls your life. Soon Michael is skipping life events that he dislikes and tries to only be present for the good parts.Before Michael understands what he has unleashed he is an old man, dying in a hospital and alone. Can he correct the error or his ways before he dies?

Every damn time I watch this I cry. Why? Because it is so damn relatable. How many of us as kids could not wait to go to school? Then graduate so we can be adults and "do whatever we want"? Then as adults, how many of us wish the work week would fly by, etc, etc, etc? Before you know it your kids are grown and you have lost a huge chunk of what little time we have on this planet. Watch this movie and learn something from it. Slow down and enjoy the small things, because that is what life is about. Now go hug your kids.

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Release Date:

23 June 2006 (USA) See more »

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Box Office


$82,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$40,011,365, 25 June 2006

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