Adam Sandler used to be the king of comedy. In the 90s he treated audiences to new and refreshing films like Happy Gilmore, The Wedding Singer and The Waterboy.
He even went on to prove his dramatic chops, giving the performance of a lifetime in Paul Thomas Anderson’s Punch Drunk Love.
Whatever Reddit or Twitter wants you to think, Sandler does have some talent in his deeply offensive and tiresome body of work.
But in recent years, like Nic Cage and Al Pacino, he’s been reining it in, instead opting to choose roles that let him have fun with his comedic colleagues and take holidays to exotic locations.
50 Dates, Click, The Longest Yard, Funny People, Grown Ups 1 and 2, Just Go With It and Bed Time Stories are extremely bad and uninteresting films. But Jack and Jill and That’s My Boy are offensive of the highest order.
Sandler has stated on numerous occasions that his films are now essentially paid holidays. He didn’t even try to mask the fact that Blended was manufactured to send Drew Barrymore and himself on a holiday with Shaq.
But if Sandler is making terrible films that no one should be talking about or drawing attention to, why am I doing exactly the opposite? Because people are going to the theatre in droves to fill Sandler’s pocket with even more money for his next holiday … oh, I’m sorry, film.
Grown Ups made $270 million on an $80 million budget and you can bet that the majority of its budget was spent on paying its stars. The sequel’s numbers are all but identical.
Jack and Jill made $150 million. Let that sink in. a film that allowed Sandler to offend us as both male and female made back its money and managed to scrape a profit.
Sandler clearly has a huge clump of moviegoers out there waiting for his next move and Netflix, a company that is based around audience patterns, has seen this.
They have ordered four original exclusive films from Sandler for their digital platform. Production has begun with the first but it is not without controversy; should we expect any different from Sandler by now?
Last week, Native American actors walked off the set of Sandler’s film, The Ridiculous six because of racist and offensive scenes and lines. Netflix has labeled the film as satire but if actors are walking off the set when a script was already presented to them, then surely something is not quite right here.
Frankly I’ve given up with Sandler. Apert from Pixels, which is drawing attention because of nostalgia, Chris Columbus and Peter Dinklage, we’ve seen all that Sandler has to offer.
A comedic genius who used to inspire films with iconic lines and scenes has now dimished into something crass, offensive and just unfunny.
Sandler wont mind being called racist or offensive – he can deal with that – but if we take a comedic actor and tell him he’s not funny or worth our money then maybe he’ll change his outlook on life.
After Earth told Will Smith what to do with his parental ambitions and he listened, lets show the same attitude towards Adam Sandler so he can be the funny man we know he can and has been.