The Hero’s Journey: Click
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Click is a sci-fi comedy-drama film that takes on a unique form of The Hero’s Journey on several occasions. Despite the fact that it is a comedy, which is a genre that covers The Hero’s Journey in complex forms, the drama portion of the film provides for necessary elements that allow Click to represent the protagonist in very clear ways. In the following wiki, The Hero’s Journey will fully be represented through the events that occur in the film, as well as the steps The Hero takes to properly cover the processes of The Journey. Character Archetypes are also present in the wiki because they are roles that the characters take towards providing an understanding for which character does what, and why they are important to The Hero’s Journey.

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Michael and Morty, as they first meet at the warehouse of Bed, Bath, and Beyond

The Call:
Michael Newman, the protagonist, tired of his busy life, begins The Hero’s Journey in search for a universal remote control, to keep his life around the house more organized. It is important to note that Michael, before his search, had very little time with his family, something that his wife, Donna, did not take an appreciation to. After an argument with Donna about how Michael spends too much time on work and is missing his chance to spend time with his kids, Michael decides to drive out at night in search for the remote. The store that caught Michael’s attention, Bed, Bath, and Beyond, leads him to Morty, a mysterious clerk, who provides Michael with a remote that controls his universe. Claiming that the advanced piece of technology isn’t on the market yet, Morty decides to give the remote to Michael, for free.

The Threshold:
Skeptical about the remote’s capabilities, Michael drives back home and uses his remote at home. When Donna tries to get through to her husband again, Michael pauses the television, and unbeknownst to him, his entire universe, he is unaware that she hasn’t heard a single thing he has said after he clicks “play.” Later, Michael starts to see the remote’s true capabilities when he uses it on his dog to lower down the volume and speeds him up after he denies the remote’s ability. The next day, Michael meets Morty, who explains that the remote is in fact real, and that he deserves it because “good guys need a break.” Morty meets Michael a little later on in the film and teaches him of the remote’s “learning function,” which allows it to skip Michael’s life every time an event that was skipped once, to be skipped again.
The Challenges:
The remote’s “skip” function becomes a major source for the challenges that Michael faces because it intervenes with his life too much. Even though Michael’s life is easier because of the remote, the remote quickly becomes a catalyst for Michael’s fall as both a father and a husband. Challenges outside of the remote’s functions are present in Michael’s professional life as an architect and with his boss, Mr. Ammer. At several points, Mr. Ammer asks Michael to work on his projects for longer hours, cutting time away from his family.
Despite his boss’s jerky attitude, Michael is an excellent businessman, especially when he uses the remote to better understand his clients, including the Japanese businessmen who were not even interested in his original design. The majority of Michael’s problems soon become evident, especially when the remote skips years after years if Michael’s life just to get his promotion. To some extent, the true sources of Michael’s problems come from his job, since it intervened in his life long before the remote was presented to him.
The Abyss:
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The universal remote control, which Morty plans to give to Michael

It isn’t too long after Michael’s time skips come into play that the worst outcomes present themselves. After his partnership with his boss skips a year of his life, Michael learns that his wife has become too distant from him. Even though he tries to fix it, he is unable to do too much, since his remote skips him some ten years in time for his successful promotion as CEO. However, he finds himself divorced, despised by his kids, and obese from excessive eating. At that point he also learns that Donna had remarried to Bill, Ben’s swim coach, whom Michael never really appreciated. In a final attempt to win back his wife, Michael uses his remote to write her a note, place it in her hand and hope for the best. However, he is unable to explain his situation because the family’s new dog knocks him back into the outside wall, causing the remote to skip another six years.
The Transformation:
After his six year skip, Michael learns that the reason the remote had skipped him was because he was found to have had cancer when he was knocked back, those six years ago. The remote had skipped Michael because he was sick to the time where he had been healthy. In that year, Michael learns that family was a key importance to him, one that was more important than his job. This is Michael’s Transformation, since he realizes what is truly important to him and changes him from the man he used to be. However, Michael believes that the remote has skipped too much of his life and that it is too late for him to change what has already happened.

The Revelation:
Michael learns how important his family is after he discovers that his father had died over the course of his sickness. When he learns of this from his son, he uses the remote to take him back to the last time he sees his father. He despises the man he was at the time, since he was only work-oriented and had little concern for his family. After returning to his father’s grave at the current timeline, Morty reveals himself to be the Angel of Death, who explains that he is sorry for having taken his father away from him. Michael skips ahead to a happy time in order to escape his current situation.

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The Atonement:
Michael finds himself at his son’s wedding, where he is asked to give a speech. Surprised at the event altogether, he has very little to say, but manages to make a few jokes and wish the best for Ben’s new family. He sees his daughter, Samantha, all grown up and manages to dance with her after his wife is angered by his explanation of why the two should be together. When Samantha calls out to Bill as her “Dad,” Michael bursts an artery and is taken to a hospital. After he awakens, he sees his children standing next to him and learns that Samantha has been alongside him the whole night. He also learns that Ben plans to skip his honeymoon in order to go on a business trip. Displeased with the thought that his son would make the same mistake he has, he gets out of the hospital and seeks out his son. He collapses out in the rain, but manages to get his family’s attention. With the last of his strength, he says his final words with his family around him.

The Return:
After his “death,” Michael wakes up at the Bed, Bath, and Beyond he first entered before he obtained the remote and was surprised to find himself young again. With excitement, he heads home to see his family, completely aware of how important they are to him. This is Michael’s gift, the understanding of family importance and less on his job. As he prepares the family vacation that the kids were excited for, he finds a letter from Morty with the remote, stating that “this time, [Michael] should know what to do with it.” Michael takes the remote and sends it directly to the trash, double checking to make sure that it hasn’t become attached to him.

Archetypes:

Trickster: (Morty) At the start of the film, Morty has Michael believing that “good guys deserve a break,” and that Morty is messing with him when the remote starts to actually control his universe (slight foreshadowing on the messing with Michael). As it turns out, Morty has had Michael use the remote to show him how bad is life is/will turn out. At the end, however, it was all for good intent, since he taught Michael the importance of family and never truly put him in harm’s way.

Modern Everyman: (Michael) As the protagonist of a film that targets modern society, Michael plays the role of the Modern Everyman so as to relate to the viewers. Outside of the intent, Michael accurately displays the characteristics, since he is a working father who is too busy to ever have time for his family. However, because he is both a father and a husband, he finds that as the provider, everything he does is for his family.

Death (Personified): (Morty) Once again, Morty provides a great example of an archetype, one that has been around for ages. He introduces himself as “The Angel of Death,” when he talks to Michael when he was at his father’s grave. Every time he is introduced following his reveal, Michael fears his appearance and goes against his advice. Despite being Death, this is not his most dominant archetype in the film, since he eventually leaves Michael alive, to atone for his actions.

Brat: (Kevin) The neighbor’s son, who is best friends with Michael’s son, Ben. Plays the role nicely, going as far as to show-off how much better everything his family has is compared to Michael’s, including his car. Since brats are commonly associated with kids, Kevin O’Doyle fits the archetype both practically and physically.

A-Hole Boss: (Mr. Ammer) Michael’s boss, who eventually dates Janine, and marries her in the future, makes effective use of his role as an A-hole boss. Throughout the entire film, he has Michael work on new projects and keep his ideas out of the plan if the customer is unsatisfied, like with Prince Habeeboo. Taking more than ten years to promote Michael to a position he’s deserved for years before that is what makes Mr. Ammer the A-hole boss.

Deviant: (Janine) Donna’s best friend and future wife to Mr. Ammer. While she plays a minor role in the film, she still manages to represent the Deviant archetype when mentioned. For one, she looked completely out of place in the past, wearing punk rock clothing, and continues to be the deviant when she is called out by Michael who knows that she has a history with sleeping with her boyfriends’ brothers.

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Michael's wife, Donna, and their kids, Ben and Samantha
Benefactor
: (Donna) Michael’s wife, Donna, best fits her role as the Benefactor because she tries to share what she has from the family to Michael. She constantly tries to get Michael more involved with his family, in the present, and continues to provide support and care even after she divorced Michael.

Praise-Seeker: (Ted) Michael’s father, who throughout the course of the movie is present when some happiness is needed. In the present, he surprises his kids with the “quarter trick,” the same trick he’s shown Michael in the past. In the future, he tries to involve himself when Michael is busy and keep the bond with the men of the family.

Jester: (Trudy) Michael’s mother, who best fits the Jester archetype because of her humor, is not shown much throughout the film, but manages to be important despite that. Her entire dialogue is meant to get a few laughs outside the fourth wall, making her perfect as the Jester. Even though she brings Michael relief and joy to see her in the future, she is a jester for the most part.

Optimist: (Bill) Donna’s future husband and Ben’s swim coach. When he is introduced in each of his scenes, he has an optimistic outlook on the situation. For example, he calmly reacts to Michael entering Donna’s home and allows Michael to dance with his daughter in the future, during Ben’s wedding.


Archetype Analysis:
The film Click is a modern day twist on how sci-fi and comedy can mix into becoming a drama, while presenting the Hero’s Journey and the Archetypes that follow it. As a modern day film, the archetype Modern Everyman is represented through the protagonist, to help relate with the viewers. In addition to the Modern Everyman, the A-hole Boss archetype is also present, continuing reinforcement towards the modern day life. Most of the other archetypes are not necessarily always present in such films, but are actually crucial to the plot and relativity to its viewers. What makes this film so unique is that the archetypes, as a group, are not as common as other works.

Death, for example, acts as the antagonist/teacher, something that is not present in most comedies. The jester archetype is justified, since humor is essential for a comedy and any film without one would be considered too serious, which is something that not many viewers want to see. The optimist and benefactor archetypes are the two kinds that can be present in any film, but remind the viewer that there is still hope, kindness, and whatever positive force keeps the protagonist active in his journey. The praise-seeker, while usually the character who desires attention, instead is the one who seeks happiness through the family bonds, which are important in the film. Overall, the film is slightly different than most sci-fi comedies (although sci-fi comedies are rare to begin with) and manages to provide character archetypes to prove its uniqueness.