Actors’ Spotlight #64: Adam Sandler

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Adam Richard Sandler (born September 9, 1966) is an American actor, comedian, screenwriter, film producer, and musician. After becoming a Saturday Night Live cast member, Sandler went on to star in many Hollywood feature films that combined have grossed over $2 billion at the box office. He is best known for his comedic roles, such as in the films Billy Madison (1995), the sports comedies Happy Gilmore (1996) and The Waterboy (1998), the romantic comedy The Wedding Singer (1998), Big Daddy (1999), and Mr. Deeds (2002), and voicing Dracula in Hotel Transylvania (2012) and Hotel Transylvania 2 (2015). Several of his movies, most notably the widely panned Jack and Jill, have gained harsh criticism, culminating in a shared second place in the number of Raspberry Awards (3) and Raspberry Award Nominations (11), in both cases second only to Sylvester Stallone. He has ventured into more dramatic territory with his roles in Punch-Drunk Love (2002), Spanglish (2004), Reign Over Me (2007), and Funny People (2009).

Sandler has released five comedy albums in his career. They’re All Gonna Laugh at You! (1993) and What the Hell Happened to Me? (1996) are both certified double-platinum. In 1999, Sandler founded Happy Madison Productions.

Now, look, it’s very easy to trash Adam Sandler because the dude has been nothing but a shell of what he used to be in recent years but it’s important to remember that the man has made some good movies in his life, he has proven that he can be funny if you give him a good comedy to work with and he’s also proven to be a pretty solid dramatic actor too over the years. He has worth, he has value in Hollywood, it’s important to remember that.

And to remember that, here’s a list of Adam Sandler’s 5 best movies:

5. Funny People

A really great underrated Judd Apatow comedy with Sandler giving his best live-action performance in years alongside Seth Rogen and Leslie Mann.

4. The Longest Yard

A surprisingly strong remake of the 1974 Burt Reynolds football movie that holds up on par with the original movie, as I showed in a past Who’s The Better Franchise? post.

3. Happy Gilmore

One of Adam Sandler’s earliest leading outings and his best comedy, so many memorable moments and bits of comedy all throughout this movie.

2. Punch Drunk Love

Written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson of Boogie Nights fame, this was the movie that tried to show that “hey, Adam Sandler can actually do drama.” And, sure enough, Adam Sandler can actually do drama. Sandler was amazing in this movie, he works great chemistry with Emily Watson and Philip Seymour Hoffman is also great in this movie as well. Visually immersive, brilliantly acted, this is one of Paul Thomas Anderson and Adam Sandler’s most underrated movies.

and the #1 best Adam Sandler movie is…

Hotel Transylvania & Hotel Transylvania 2

Both of these movies not only showcase Adam Sandler actually being funny again but he and the rest of the cast work off each other really well thanks to Genndy Tartakovsky’s writing, directing, and animation style.

So, those are the best but now it’s time to take a look at Adam Sandler at his absolute worst, this was not an easy list to put together:

5. That’s My Boy

Horrendously awful from all levels and a waste of both Sandler and Andy Samberg.

4. Grown Ups & Grown Ups 2

Of all the movies Adam Sandler agrees to finally do a sequel to, why Grown Ups? And more importantly, how did watching The Hangover make you think this is your A-game material? Both of these movies are horribly edited with bad comedy and just pointless filler all around.

3. Going Overboard

The first Adam Sandler movie and still one of his absolute worst movies. Like with Grown Ups, nothing about this movie makes any sense at all, it’s cheap, it’s unfunny, and it’s just downright offensively bad.

2. Pixels

This is the point when you can feel fine with telling Adam Sandler to go fuck himself because he insulted his one opportunity to get back some good street cred and he fucks it up by making a movie that insults video game characters, insults nerds, and just insults people all together.

and the #1 worst Adam Sandler movie is…

Jack & Jill

What can you even say about this movie that hasn’t already been said? This movie is just as bad as you think it is, it’s not funny, it’s offensively bad, it’s unbearable to watch, the fact that this got a PG rating shows that the MPAA didn’t watch this movie because there is nothing PG rated about this shit.

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One comment on “Actors’ Spotlight #64: Adam Sandler
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