April 13th, 2016 at 10:29 AM ^

Check it out, Dave.  His early movies, like Happy Gilmore and Billy Madison, are definitely funny.  Anything in the last 10 years though is hot garbage (except for Grandma's Boy, which he isn't in but he did produce).


April 12th, 2016 at 10:26 PM ^

I agree with Brian at best sporadically, but do on this. Happy Gilmore stinks. Adam sandler was lead in two amusing films: punch drunk love and billy Madison (which is embarrassing to admit to liking). Gilmore is devoid of jokes; it's stupid voices repeated for 85 minutes.

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April 13th, 2016 at 8:18 AM ^

I did not like Sandler much until I saw Punch Drunk Love.  I think it's a brilliant movie, and he was great in it.  I also liked him in Funny People, but that may have been partially driven by my Leslie Mann crush (at the time).

Since then I've softened my stance on him, but it took those two movies to bring me around.


April 12th, 2016 at 10:27 PM ^

Strongly disagree with Brian on this one. I really don't get why he says "That movie has no jokes". There are plenty of jokes in the movie, with the above gif being one of the better moments. If you don't like it, that's fine. But to say there are no jokes is completely wrong.


April 12th, 2016 at 10:30 PM ^

Due to some misguided sense of nostalgia, I feel as though Billy Madison, Happy Gilmore, Bulletproof, The Wedding Singer, The Waterboy, and Big Daddy aren't entirely without redeeming qualities.

Having said that, I find myself unable to rewatch any of them at this point, and have absolutely no desire to. I almost wonder if Sandler movies haven't actually gotten worse, it's just a different era, and we've all changed as people, and have some residual warmness towards his earlier stuff?


April 12th, 2016 at 10:30 PM ^

Have to agree with you. I fondly remember enjoying his early comedies but after doubling my age, every hour has become far more precious. The prospect of spending two watching those movies isn't very appealing anymore.

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April 13th, 2016 at 8:18 AM ^

I heartily endorse this take.

I can only stand Adam Sandler when I'm feeling like acting like a teenager.  And, sadly, with a 2 year old and a 6 year old at home...Adam Sandler movies aren't exactly appropriate for them right now.


April 13th, 2016 at 8:45 AM ^

I don't love Adam Sandler and never have, but there's a certain respect I have for him and his comedy for just being who he is and acting like a big kid. It's stupid comedy, sure, but you don't go into any of his movies thinking you're in for an intellectual challenge.

I wouldn't pay to see any of his recent stuff at a theater, but it's not bad if you're looking for something light-hearted to watch at home.


April 12th, 2016 at 10:46 PM ^

The Waterboy was his best movie. Hilarious. Other than that, I really liked Happy Gilmore and Billy Madison when I was younger, but they seem kind of dumb now (though I still use some of the one-liners today). I liked 50 First Dates, Big Daddy, and Mr. Deeds, as well. At the end of the day, Sandler movies are what they are. You're not getting Shawshank or even Old School, but they're good for a silly laugh.