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.

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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
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Storyline

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?


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

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The coin trick that Henry Winkler does in the movie is something the actor does in real life. During public appearances, Winkler will often do the trick for children. See more »

Goofs

When Michael asks to watch the last time he saw his Dad, at the first run (without pauses), when his Dad is leaving, Ben is at the right side of the desk. After Michael rewinds and pauses a few times when his Dad is leaving, Ben is at the left side of the desk. See more »

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[Michael Newman smoking cigar sees his O'Doyle RV, Kevin O'Doyle walking with skateboard to him]
Kevin O'Doyle: Pretty sweet, eh? Two queen beds, full kitchen, steam shower and satellite TV with surround sound.
Michael Newman: Why are you always trying to hurt me? One day, I'm gonna hurt you back.
Kathy O'Doyle: Michael Newman, I didn't know you smoked cigars.
Michael Newman: And now's the time.
[to Kathy]
Michael Newman: No, Kathy. This isn't mine. I took it out of Kevin's hands. Yeah, he was smoking like a chimney.
Kevin O'Doyle: No, I wasn't!
Michael Newman: I think, I smell marijuana in it.
Kathy O'Doyle: Kevin O'Doyle, ...
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Crazy Credits

This movie is dedicated to my mom and dad, and to all our parents who never thought twice about putting their family first. And to my wife and daughter, thanks for making it so easy for me to do the same. See more »

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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Chris Rock/Megan Thee Stallion (2020) See more »

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Written and Performed by Ric Ocasek
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Surprisingly touching
23 June 2006 | by FilmLover-4See all my reviews

This movie surprised us. We cried. Yes, we cried. The trailer barely tells you what the movie is about. There were some unfunny dumb things having to do with dogs, etc. (no one in the theater laughed much) and some cheeseball stuff, but the emotional core of the movie delivers a wallop that is unexpected. Along the lines of a sort of combination of "Family Man" and "It's a Wonderful Life" -- more "Family Man" -- this movie didn't just bring tears to eyes, it makes you cry. Because of that, I liked it and give it a thumbs up. The annoying stuff is a relatively small price to pay for the lessons the core stuff teaches. Lastly, Kate Beckinsdale (the epitome of domestic beauty in this movie) is absolutely a dream and the actress that played her grown daughter had eyes that matched -- well done. Enough said.


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USA

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Release Date:

23 June 2006 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$82,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$40,011,365, 25 June 2006

Gross USA:

$137,355,633

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$240,685,326
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