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About The Production
Screenwriter and producer Steve Koren recalls how he and his partner Mark O'Keefe came up with the idea for CLICK. "There was a joke between me and my girlfriend,” Koren recalls. "We got into a long argument, so I picked up the remote, pointed it at her and hit the ‘mute' button. She didn't find my little wish amusing, but I thought a lot of people could relate.”

They started with a simple idea: "What if you could actually control your life with the remote? What if you could raise the volume of the world or lower it?” From there the story progressed. What if you could rewind your life and look back at your past? What if, instead of worrying about the future, you could fast forward and look at it? "There were many different areas for the character to explore and it was fun having him jump around while trying to maintain a consistent emotional arc,” Koren continues. "In addition to exploring the past and future to find what he wants, he learns other things about his life along the way. In the end, it's really a movie about living in the present.”

The easy part, says Koren, was sitting around with his writing partner O'Keefe and coming up with every joke they could think of about the use of a remote. "The tougher part,” he contends, "was the emotional journey. It's not like most films, where you start one day and you end a week later. You're constantly jumping around. The movie starts in the present, then goes to the past, then leaps ahead 30 years into the future and then drops way back to when the character is a child. Writing-wise it was very tough to construct.”

Adding to the degree of difficulty was the fact that, at first, many of the time jumps Michael makes are intentional. "At work, he wants this promotion without having to sit around and experience the day-to-day drudgery of getting there,” Koren laughs. ”With a simple press of the button, he's suddenly a partner. Who wouldn't be tempted to hit that button? ”

However, problems arise when the remote starts to anticipate his intentions and makes jumps all on its own. For instance, every time he starts to argue with his wife, the remote jumps until the fight is over. "The movie presents a combination of those choices. At first, Michael knows where he's going, but soon he has no idea what's going to happen next. He just keeps waking up and suddenly it's 30 years later and he's in bed with someone he doesn't know,” says Koren. "The autopilot aspect of the story came about to underline the more serious themes of the movie. You can be at an event, but not really present. You're either thinking about something that happened in your past or worried about getting somewhere else later. We decided to give it a name — you're on autopilot, talking to people, but not really there.”

Koren's favorite segment of Click is when Michael first gets the remote and he hits the menu on his life. "I just love the fantasy of that happening to you.

Somebody gives you a DVD and says, ‘Here's your life,' and you pop it into the player and hear a running commentary on the making of you. That was really fun to write and even more fun to watch Frank direct and Adam act it. It's a real joke bag, literally one joke after another, after another.”

Koren's relationship with Sandler dates back to "Saturday Night Live” where they worked on many sketches together. "Comedians like Adam are good at thinking on their feet, so they're always coming up with new jokes,” explains Koren. "Adam and Frank have collaborated on a lot of big hits. He loves to hear ideas and he usually takes them and comes up with something even better. It's fun to throw stuff at him and he runs with it so that every take is different.”

Director Frank Coraci says that what drew him to Click was the chance to work with his buddies on such an exciting project. "I knew that<

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