Maybe this is what cosmic convergence that the date - 11/11/11 - is bringing to us: Hollywood movies with a guy wearing a dress, another guy who might have worn a dress, and a guy wearing a toga.
The week's likely box-office champ is "Jack and Jill," a painfully unfunny comedy in which Adam Sandler plays a family guy and his obnoxious twin sister visiting on the holidays. The one-joke story can't even pay off on that joke, as Sandler's idea of acting is throwing on a funny wig, a funny voice and just goofing around. The movie also tosses in lots of product placement, celebrity cameos, a painful performance by Al Pacino (as himself), and Sandler giving bit parts to his old "Saturday Night Live" pals.
"J. Edgar" has more laughs than "Jack and Jill," but not intentionally. This somber, slow-moving biography of the imperious FBI director J. Edgar Hoover (played by Leonardo DiCaprio) goes through Hoover's life and crimes with plodding literalism - and occasional moments of accidental "Mommie Dearest"-level camp. Director Clint Eastwood and writer Dustin Lance Black ("Milk") seem utterly at odds about what they wanted to say about Hoover, and the result is a tedious mess.