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  • Directors: Frank Coraci
  • Producers: Jack Giarraputo, Steve Koren, Mark O Keefe, Adam Sandler
  • Writers: Mark O Keefe, Steve Koren
  • Genres: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
  • Actors: Adam Sandler, Kate Beckinsale, Christopher Walken, Henry Winkler, Julie Kavner, David Hasselhoff

Michael Newman (Adam Sandler) is an architect whose desire for promotion leads him to assume many tasks on behalf of his boss John Ammer (David Hasselhoff), with the result that he is often missed by his family. One night after Michael loses his temper at the amount of remote controls in the house, he goes in search of a universal remote control for his appliances. Finding most stores closed, he enters the still open Bed, Bath and Beyond, where in the “Beyond” section he meets Morty (Christopher Walken), an eccentric inventor who gives him a remote control (from the “Way Beyond” section) answering to the description of “universal”, warning Michael that it can never be returned.

To Michael’s amazement, he finds out that the remote is literally universal: it controls the universe and interprets his wishes, even learning to anticipate them. After having some fun with it, he decides to do something serious and fast-forwards to the promotion that he thought to be three months away. When he fast-forwards, a year has gone by instead. He receives his promotion but he and his wife are now in marriage counseling. Apparently, the remote is smart, and self-programming based on past experiences and is automatically programmed to skip or fast-forward through sickness, sexual intercourse, showering, traffic, arguments with Donna, and promotions. In each case, he is alive but on “autopilot” during the interim, so he has no conscious experience of what happened. When he figures out that is the way the remote has been programmed, he tries to destroy it, but it keeps regenerating. Each time he tries to destroy the remote it appears on his person in a different way.

There is then a white flash, and Michael wakes up on a displayed bed in Bed, Bath and Beyond, as he was earlier. Believing his misadventure to have been a dream, he rushes to visit his father, ultimately atoning for his insult and inviting his parents to dine with him every day. He then hastens to reassure Donna, Ben, and Samantha of his affection for them and for his dog Sundance. At the end of the movie, Michael finds the familiar remote on his kitchen counter, bearing a note from Morty stating “Michael, like I said, good guys need a break. I know you’ll do the right thing this time, Love Morty. P.S. Your wife’s rockin’ body still drives me crazy.” This shows that the misadventure was not all a dream, but Morty has rewound Michael’s life back to this point to give him another chance. Learning what he must do as well as what he must avoid doing, Michael throws the remote in the garbage and begins to enjoy life.

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