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Adam Sandler admits his movies are nothing more than paid vacations

May. 23, 2014by: Jesse Giroux

Well, Adam Sandler has come clean about something many of us have suspected for a long time: most of his films are essentially paid vacations. Jimmy Kimmel asked Sandler on his show last night if he makes movies somewhere where he can go on vacation. Sandler's response:

“Yes. I have done that since 50 FIRST DATES. It was written in another place, and I said, ‘Imagine if we did it in Hawaii, how great that movie would be.’ And they where like, ‘Yeah, that’s a very artistic idea.’ And I’ve been doing that ever since.”

I will give the guy credit for knowing how to work the system, and I'm sure the studios don't really care too much considering almost all of his comedies have turned a profit. But being so blunt about his recent "work" is sure to piss off more than a few people, especially those of us who use to really like the actor. I loved him on SNL, listened to his comedy albums more times than I'd like to admit when I was in middle school, and enjoyed his older movies.

However I'm less mad, and more sad and disappointed. Maybe if Adam Sandler spent more time trying to make a good movie instead of figuring out where he wants to go on vacation, his films wouldn't always end up being nominated for Razzies, and on "Worst Movies of the Year" lists.

Adam Sandler's vacation in Africa BLENDED is in theaters today.

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11:15PM on 05/26/2014

figures

i'm more offended by that awful room service story.
i'm more offended by that awful room service story.
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5:55AM on 05/27/2014
Tell me about it! I live in Cape Town (South Africa) and it astounds me that some people still have the misguided perception of Africa that Sandler recounts in that "hilarious" anecdote.
Tell me about it! I live in Cape Town (South Africa) and it astounds me that some people still have the misguided perception of Africa that Sandler recounts in that "hilarious" anecdote.
10:13PM on 05/26/2014
I actually have a soft spot for 50 First Dates so I kinda want to see Blended...eventually, not in theatres though.
This comment can certainly be taken out of context too. Modern Family did an Australia episode and the cast, especially the kids, thought of it as a really fun vacation. Does that suddenly make them all douchebags? No. They still did their job but also got to really enjoy it too. Do what you love and if Sandler loves making movies in places he'd like to visit, by all means do
I actually have a soft spot for 50 First Dates so I kinda want to see Blended...eventually, not in theatres though.
This comment can certainly be taken out of context too. Modern Family did an Australia episode and the cast, especially the kids, thought of it as a really fun vacation. Does that suddenly make them all douchebags? No. They still did their job but also got to really enjoy it too. Do what you love and if Sandler loves making movies in places he'd like to visit, by all means do so. Despise him or not, he gets paid to enjoy his life. Just like any other actor who gets to go to fancy places, their is no difference. You want to hate him, hate him, but to hate him for a comment about enjoying what he does and being lucky enough to be able to do so, that's just stupid. I'd love to be in a field where work felt like play, but I won't hate others for achieving this.
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8:44PM on 05/25/2014
I stopped watching Sandler's films a long time ago. To me, his best work was Happy Gilmore and Billy Madison. The guy is junk food for the comedy brain. He's no longer funny, and instead he just uses his films to push his friends who are almost as unfunny as him (nod and say "Rob Schneider"). I guess no one takes pride in their work, and instead lines their pockets on the backs of poor saps who think fart jokes are still funny into their 40s.
I stopped watching Sandler's films a long time ago. To me, his best work was Happy Gilmore and Billy Madison. The guy is junk food for the comedy brain. He's no longer funny, and instead he just uses his films to push his friends who are almost as unfunny as him (nod and say "Rob Schneider"). I guess no one takes pride in their work, and instead lines their pockets on the backs of poor saps who think fart jokes are still funny into their 40s.
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5:58PM on 05/24/2014
Nothing against Mr Sandler. It does show that his movies are so generic that they can have their locations changed on a whim without affecting their plots.
Going to be interesting to see the grosses on Blended, this is the first time I can remember one of his movies opening same day as another strong film.
Nothing against Mr Sandler. It does show that his movies are so generic that they can have their locations changed on a whim without affecting their plots.
Going to be interesting to see the grosses on Blended, this is the first time I can remember one of his movies opening same day as another strong film.
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11:05AM on 05/24/2014
I'm not sure if that kind of brutal honesty makes him a better or worse person. I suppose, that he knows and admits, to just making shit, he's better for it. If he thought he was making something that meant anything to anyone other than a paycheck he would be delusional. Kudos for a little bit of truth, Sandler. Your movies still suck dicks, though.
I'm not sure if that kind of brutal honesty makes him a better or worse person. I suppose, that he knows and admits, to just making shit, he's better for it. If he thought he was making something that meant anything to anyone other than a paycheck he would be delusional. Kudos for a little bit of truth, Sandler. Your movies still suck dicks, though.
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11:05AM on 05/24/2014

Economics 101

Fart jokes are recession proof.
Fart jokes are recession proof.
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10:08AM on 05/24/2014

Adam Sandler is no longer funny.

He hasn't been funny in years. This is really bothersome to me because I've been a fan of his going back to when he was on Remote Control on MTV, and also on SNL. I remember back in the mid to late 90's when a new Adam Sandler movie was a must see event. Sadly I fear his lack of ambition and willingness to evolve make his movies terrible. Now, I avoid him like the plague. On a side note, the Grown Ups movies could have been funny as shit considering the cast, if only they came up with better
He hasn't been funny in years. This is really bothersome to me because I've been a fan of his going back to when he was on Remote Control on MTV, and also on SNL. I remember back in the mid to late 90's when a new Adam Sandler movie was a must see event. Sadly I fear his lack of ambition and willingness to evolve make his movies terrible. Now, I avoid him like the plague. On a side note, the Grown Ups movies could have been funny as shit considering the cast, if only they came up with better material.
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10:06AM on 05/24/2014
The guy's pathetic.
The guy's pathetic.
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8:36AM on 05/24/2014

This has been obvious SINCE 50 First Dates.

I watched that video that was posted...he made dumb funny voices and people laughed...I didn't even smile once. Has Sandler made funny movies? A few, yes. Has Sandler made good movies? A couple, yes. But overall? Beyond working in customer service the other litmus test that proves people are frakking stupid? Adam Sandler's success.
I watched that video that was posted...he made dumb funny voices and people laughed...I didn't even smile once. Has Sandler made funny movies? A few, yes. Has Sandler made good movies? A couple, yes. But overall? Beyond working in customer service the other litmus test that proves people are frakking stupid? Adam Sandler's success.
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8:22AM on 05/24/2014
Stars go around the world to film their movies, including Adam Sandler, so fair enough that it's Sandler's vacation when he's filming. However, I wish those movies that were filmed were actual quality movies instead of two Grown Up movies and etc.
Stars go around the world to film their movies, including Adam Sandler, so fair enough that it's Sandler's vacation when he's filming. However, I wish those movies that were filmed were actual quality movies instead of two Grown Up movies and etc.
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11:43AM on 05/24/2014
Is it really fair enough that he goes on vacation while he's working? Isn't he supposed to be working while he's working like the other stars that go around the world to film their movies?
Is it really fair enough that he goes on vacation while he's working? Isn't he supposed to be working while he's working like the other stars that go around the world to film their movies?
11:57AM on 05/24/2014
You made a good point. It isn't fair if he's on vacation and doesn't take his Job seriously. I overlooked that. My bad.
You made a good point. It isn't fair if he's on vacation and doesn't take his Job seriously. I overlooked that. My bad.
9:31PM on 05/24/2014
No problem and thank you!
No problem and thank you!
9:31PM on 05/25/2014
You're welcome, man.
You're welcome, man.
7:53AM on 05/24/2014
I'm starting to think that some of these Joblo articles are simply there to stir the pot. Completely out of context and pretty bias to compare that Sandler doesn't care.
I'm starting to think that some of these Joblo articles are simply there to stir the pot. Completely out of context and pretty bias to compare that Sandler doesn't care.
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4:53AM on 05/24/2014

Seriously?

Taken WAY out of context. I dont know why people hate on him so much. Its not like he was making Oscar movies before. My Kids & I love Grown Ups. He makes cheeky movies. Always was. He plays the same roles just like Tom Cruise, Jason Statham, vince Vaughn, etc. whatever pays the bills lol!
Taken WAY out of context. I dont know why people hate on him so much. Its not like he was making Oscar movies before. My Kids & I love Grown Ups. He makes cheeky movies. Always was. He plays the same roles just like Tom Cruise, Jason Statham, vince Vaughn, etc. whatever pays the bills lol!
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6:48AM on 05/24/2014
bit unfair on Tom Cruise as he has done a range of different work and gives himself to every project and is a well respected actor in the industry. But yeh Jason Statham always plays the same part even with a terrible american accent.
bit unfair on Tom Cruise as he has done a range of different work and gives himself to every project and is a well respected actor in the industry. But yeh Jason Statham always plays the same part even with a terrible american accent.
9:20AM on 05/24/2014
Magnolia, Vanilla Sky, Jerry Maguire, Collateral. Watch those back to back.
Magnolia, Vanilla Sky, Jerry Maguire, Collateral. Watch those back to back.
5:40AM on 05/25/2014
Sorry to offend you Tom Cruise fans. I meant of late
Sorry to offend you Tom Cruise fans. I meant of late
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2:16AM on 05/24/2014
Im sorry but... are you serious dude?! He made a tongue in cheek response to a question from a late night host... you are treating this like you just read his memoirs and he admitted to child rape!!
Im sorry but... are you serious dude?! He made a tongue in cheek response to a question from a late night host... you are treating this like you just read his memoirs and he admitted to child rape!!
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2:50AM on 05/24/2014
I said the same thing. I said that I think he's taking what he said way out of context.
I said the same thing. I said that I think he's taking what he said way out of context.
3:44AM on 05/24/2014
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1:45AM on 05/24/2014
But he had the crazy balls to make Zohan! He's done some cool films, some like Punch Drunk Love were actually good. I'm not interested in most of his latest films, but he is still a funny guy. I'd rather be stuck on an airplane with one of his romcoms than with any boring Stiller film.
But he had the crazy balls to make Zohan! He's done some cool films, some like Punch Drunk Love were actually good. I'm not interested in most of his latest films, but he is still a funny guy. I'd rather be stuck on an airplane with one of his romcoms than with any boring Stiller film.
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12:39AM on 05/24/2014
Wish he would just go away already.
Wish he would just go away already.
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11:44AM on 05/24/2014
Well put!
Well put!
12:33AM on 05/24/2014
What a douche.
What a douche.
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12:03AM on 05/24/2014
I admire his honesty but that doesn't make it less offensive.
I admire his honesty but that doesn't make it less offensive.
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11:46AM on 05/24/2014
I don't think it's honesty. I think it's the same way he doesn't care about his fanbase. He's not leveling with anyone here. He just doesn't care.
I don't think it's honesty. I think it's the same way he doesn't care about his fanbase. He's not leveling with anyone here. He just doesn't care.
11:57PM on 05/23/2014

Uh

I just can't get over the "Thats artistic" part of the quote...what part of an Adam Sandler movie is artistic?
I just can't get over the "Thats artistic" part of the quote...what part of an Adam Sandler movie is artistic?
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12:33AM on 05/24/2014
The part where he makes the same poop joke in 6 straight movies.
The part where he makes the same poop joke in 6 straight movies.
11:55PM on 05/23/2014
In other news, archaeologists have unearthed a small box, hidden ages ago. The contents: Adam Sandler's sense of shame.
In other news, archaeologists have unearthed a small box, hidden ages ago. The contents: Adam Sandler's sense of shame.
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1:47AM on 05/24/2014
I just died. You won.
I just died. You won.
9:19AM on 05/24/2014
Thanks Trainman.
Thanks Trainman.
11:47PM on 05/23/2014

It Makes Sense

Sandler went from trying to decide between shampoo and conditioner (funny) to Hawaii or Jamaica (waste of the audiences time). I'm disappointed in this.
Sandler went from trying to decide between shampoo and conditioner (funny) to Hawaii or Jamaica (waste of the audiences time). I'm disappointed in this.
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11:36PM on 05/23/2014
The only reason his films turn profit is because they're low budget. And the mindless sandler fans keep going to see his stupid films in the hopes that he actually gets back on track and makes a good film, and most of these people end up leaving disappointed. Hey sandler, welcome to the Eddie Murphy club! #WashedUp
The only reason his films turn profit is because they're low budget. And the mindless sandler fans keep going to see his stupid films in the hopes that he actually gets back on track and makes a good film, and most of these people end up leaving disappointed. Hey sandler, welcome to the Eddie Murphy club! #WashedUp
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1:20AM on 05/24/2014
lol.I think you know what i would say to your post..
lol.I think you know what i would say to your post..
10:51PM on 05/24/2014
Thumbs down only for using a hash tag. My little niece's use that term.
Thumbs down only for using a hash tag. My little niece's use that term.
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11:30PM on 05/23/2014

Well, at least he admitted it.

That still doesn't make him any less of a douche for doing it. Pay for your own vacation you cheap bastard. Maybe your recent movies wouldn't suck so much if you did. I'm also upset because Punch Drunk Love is one of my favorite Adam Sandler films.
That still doesn't make him any less of a douche for doing it. Pay for your own vacation you cheap bastard. Maybe your recent movies wouldn't suck so much if you did. I'm also upset because Punch Drunk Love is one of my favorite Adam Sandler films.
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10:49PM on 05/23/2014
Good for him.I`d love to get paid $20 million to f-ck around at work,who wouldn`t?Plus this is a Jimmy Kimmel interview not 60 minutes.
Good for him.I`d love to get paid $20 million to f-ck around at work,who wouldn`t?Plus this is a Jimmy Kimmel interview not 60 minutes.
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10:19PM on 05/23/2014
I despise Adam Sandler but his grilled cheese story was pretty good.
I despise Adam Sandler but his grilled cheese story was pretty good.
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10:23PM on 05/23/2014
*I meant I despise him as an actor.
*I meant I despise him as an actor.
10:17PM on 05/23/2014

I say, Good for him

Adam Sandler catches alotta flack for having "sold out" or whatever the claims are but it's not like he started with high-brow, intellectual comedies... Happy Gilmore and Billy Madison will never be mistaken for Woody Allen films... He was a vulgar albeit hilarious rebel who realised he could make $20m a year pretty much every year by expanding his brand from MTV generation/SNL poster boy to a more family friendly audience and has made more $100m movies in the past decade than any other lead
Adam Sandler catches alotta flack for having "sold out" or whatever the claims are but it's not like he started with high-brow, intellectual comedies... Happy Gilmore and Billy Madison will never be mistaken for Woody Allen films... He was a vulgar albeit hilarious rebel who realised he could make $20m a year pretty much every year by expanding his brand from MTV generation/SNL poster boy to a more family friendly audience and has made more $100m movies in the past decade than any other lead actor in ANY genre so clearly, general audiences still find him appealing... He couldn't keep doing that basement comedy humor forever and why should he? When he tries to go hard R (That's My Boy, Funny People), the fans calling for him to return to his roots don't show up so why should he feel bad about making successful movies and having fun while doing it? I watch every Sandler movie and even the ones that aren't great still have their laughs plus every now and then he'll switch it up and show another side of himself (like in upcoming dramedy "The Cobbler") which is all I can ask for.

Actors don't owe us anything, least of all their livelihood.
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10:13PM on 05/23/2014
OK, Sandler is the shittiest comedian in the world, but I think you're taking what he said way out of context.
OK, Sandler is the shittiest comedian in the world, but I think you're taking what he said way out of context.
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9:41PM on 05/23/2014
Ah man I forgot ab his CDs. "He fucked me in the goat ass man." It's easy to get mad at him, but he's really just playing the system like the writer said. When it gets down to it, the blame should go to the studios and the ppl saying that's an artistic idea, but more so, the audiences. As long as these make (large) profits, they'll keep pumping them out. Last Sandler "comedy" I saw since 50 First Dates was prolly grown ups on HBO. What's really scary is just imagine how much worse all
Ah man I forgot ab his CDs. "He fucked me in the goat ass man." It's easy to get mad at him, but he's really just playing the system like the writer said. When it gets down to it, the blame should go to the studios and the ppl saying that's an artistic idea, but more so, the audiences. As long as these make (large) profits, they'll keep pumping them out. Last Sandler "comedy" I saw since 50 First Dates was prolly grown ups on HBO. What's really scary is just imagine how much worse all those movies would be if shot in Cleveland or Detroit or some place.
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10:03PM on 05/23/2014
You're right! Fuck the audiences that pay for his bullshit! ...and fuck Sandler too for having so little regard for the idiots that support him!!!
You're right! Fuck the audiences that pay for his bullshit! ...and fuck Sandler too for having so little regard for the idiots that support him!!!
9:31PM on 05/23/2014

movies with friends

Most of his movies lately, especially Grown Ups and Grown Ups 2, have been about him getting to hang out with his friends. I can't blame the guy really, i would love to waste time making movies with my friends, and it happens in hollywood alot. But they dont care about the product, and thats when i dont care. Keep making the movies, have fun with your life, but dont expect me to go see it.

I still think Adam Sandler is talented, he was good years ago and once in a blue moon he does good
Most of his movies lately, especially Grown Ups and Grown Ups 2, have been about him getting to hang out with his friends. I can't blame the guy really, i would love to waste time making movies with my friends, and it happens in hollywood alot. But they dont care about the product, and thats when i dont care. Keep making the movies, have fun with your life, but dont expect me to go see it.

I still think Adam Sandler is talented, he was good years ago and once in a blue moon he does good again (Click, Funny People). I expect more out of him, but he seems like a really lazy person.
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9:38PM on 05/23/2014
Thumbs up just for knowing I'm not alone in enjoying "Click".
Thumbs up just for knowing I'm not alone in enjoying "Click".
9:53PM on 05/23/2014
I'm just gonna say it, I thought That's My Boy was really good. I can watch that shit again and again, it just kills me for some reason lol.
I'm just gonna say it, I thought That's My Boy was really good. I can watch that shit again and again, it just kills me for some reason lol.
10:24PM on 05/23/2014
XSsoCX: Even if one doesn't like CLICK, they can't deny that he tried to give a dramatic performances in many scenes.
XSsoCX: Even if one doesn't like CLICK, they can't deny that he tried to give a dramatic performances in many scenes.
10:29PM on 05/30/2014
Very true, Vits. I thought he actually did pretty good.
Very true, Vits. I thought he actually did pretty good.
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