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Jun. 19, 2012by: Paul Shirey

Adam Sandler has been a household name for decades, appearing in more than twenty-five feature films, five years of SNL, and producing five comedy albums, all of which make up an exceptionally lucrative career. And yet, even with all of that, people can’t stop hating on him. So, the question is, did Sandler’s work grow old and tired or did we grow old and tired of Adam Sandler?

As a teenager I was aware of Sandler’s work on SNL and had listened to his early comedy albums regularly. Then came the one-two punch of BILLY MADISON and HAPPY GILMORE, which firmly established Sandler as one of the few SNL alumni who could carry a film on their own, while staying true to his style of comedy.

Yep, there was a time that I thought Adam Sandler was hilarious. He beat the shit out of Bob Barker, set bags of poop on fire, hallucinated giant penguins and killed Carl Weathers. There was plenty of idiocy to laugh at and I was ready for more. The WEDDING SINGER and THE WATERBOY propelled him to superstardom and the rest was history.

Then, something happened. His fanbase started to get older and his brand started to show some wear and tear. LITTLE NICKY, his high-concept son of satan pic, started a downward trajectory for Sandler, which was accompanied by a slow an steady wane to his material. In short, it started to get old, real fast. From that point on, Sandler struggled to recapture his once loyal base.

This past weekend, Sandler’s first R-rated comedy, THAT'S MY BOY, opened at $13 MIL, which is about $20 million short of his typical take for opening a comedy and doesn’t bode well for Sandler clearing his typical $100 MIL for such a film. Is this a sign of audiences saying they’ve had enough?


It’s all a bit confusing to me, because as much as I hear how much people hate and loathe Sandler, he continues to make massive amounts of money and churns out a new film (or two) every year (maybe that’s the problem…). Is it a case of people hating Sandler in public and loving him in private? Or do we just chalk it up to “the average moviegoer (which is kind of a cop out if you ask me)? Speaking for myself, his movies just don’t generate the same appeal that they did when I was eighteen years old. I have put each of his comedies since THE LONGEST YARD in my Netflix Queue and rarely make it past the first 15 minutes as they’re so asinine that I can barely take it. And I LOVE comedies, damnit!

I can’t help but wonder if it’s me or if it’s Sandler that’s really changed. His detours into the dramatic (SPANGLISH, PUNCHDRUNK LOVE, REIGN OVER ME), are much more tolerable than his current comedies. I think that FUNNY PEOPLE is grossly underrated, albeit not a great film. But, as soon as you start throwing in his usual comedic antics I immediately tune out. So, what gives?

When you compare something like JUST GO WITH IT to BILLY MADISON are they really that different or are we, as the saying goes, “too old for that shit?” Is it possible that the audience torch was passed to the next generation? Or is it possible that Sandler’s comedic blend simply doesn’t work with grown up themes? If you look at the topics he’s dealt with since THE WATERBOY, he’s tackled adoption, anger management, prison, memory-loss, prison, gay marriage, and even the Isreali-Palistine conflict, all of which are a far cry from a grown man repeating grade school and a hockey player turned golfer. GROWN-UPS was the most simplistic of his modern day comedies and it earned him the most grosses since BIG DADDY.

Then again, THAT’S MY BOY isn’t exactly controversial in theme and hardly anyone showed up. There’s no doubt that Sandler’s comedic stylings are chock full of idiotic and immature content that mostly revolves around physical moments of punching, hitting, and falling down; basically the same kind of antics you find most hilarious just after your balls drop. It’s not to say that you lose your sense of humor as you get older, but you typically develop a need for something a little more clever than burning poop.

I think that the audience has become the old man on the porch in BILLY MADISON, stomping the bag of burning shit, while a bunch of asshole kids laugh at us from the bushes. And with that group of kids is Adam Sandler, still with the same pranks, like a comedian Peter Pan, running with a new crew of fans, as we scrape the shit off our boots. I’ll leave it up to you to decide if that’s funny or not.

Of course, the greater mystery, is how Sandler manages to get the hottest women in Hollywood to appear in his films...

Extra Tidbit: What would it take to get Sandler back in your good graces?
Source: JoBlo.com

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11:01PM on 06/19/2012
I think the major problem is that, while times have changed as have tastes, very little has for Sandler. He's deviated sure, with films like Punch Drunk Love and Funny People, but mostly, he continues to churn out films in the vein of his 90's comedies. Tastes in comedy have mostly changed. Gross out, gag comedies rarely do well period these days. The popularity of Apatow and the films his crew put out are more accurate to the kind of comedy that people look for these days. That's My Boy is a
I think the major problem is that, while times have changed as have tastes, very little has for Sandler. He's deviated sure, with films like Punch Drunk Love and Funny People, but mostly, he continues to churn out films in the vein of his 90's comedies. Tastes in comedy have mostly changed. Gross out, gag comedies rarely do well period these days. The popularity of Apatow and the films his crew put out are more accurate to the kind of comedy that people look for these days. That's My Boy is a perfect example of how the times have changed: if this film had been released around the Madison/Gilmore films, it would have done moderately well. It's really not that different from those films, but it's we as an audience who have changed.
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11:01PM on 06/19/2012
I think the major problem is that, while times have changed as have tastes, very little has for Sandler. He's deviated sure, with films like Punch Drunk Love and Funny People, but mostly, he continues to churn out films in the vein of his 90's comedies. Tastes in comedy have mostly changed. Gross out, gag comedies rarely do well period these days. The popularity of Apatow and the films his crew put out are more accurate to the kind of comedy that people look for these days. That's My Boy is a
I think the major problem is that, while times have changed as have tastes, very little has for Sandler. He's deviated sure, with films like Punch Drunk Love and Funny People, but mostly, he continues to churn out films in the vein of his 90's comedies. Tastes in comedy have mostly changed. Gross out, gag comedies rarely do well period these days. The popularity of Apatow and the films his crew put out are more accurate to the kind of comedy that people look for these days. That's My Boy is a perfect example of how the times have changed: if this film had been released around the Madison/Gilmore films, it would have done moderately well. It's really not that different from those films, but it's we as an audience who have changed.
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8:29PM on 06/19/2012
The biggest problem with Sandler's comedy is that it has become predictable. It's like a sitcom that went on too long. You loved it at first, but realized the material got worse as time dragged on. Sandler would benefit from doing some films away from his usual team/friends. Maybe something like a Wes Anderson or Woody Allen film, a bit of comedy and a bit of drama. I'd be interested in seeing that.
The biggest problem with Sandler's comedy is that it has become predictable. It's like a sitcom that went on too long. You loved it at first, but realized the material got worse as time dragged on. Sandler would benefit from doing some films away from his usual team/friends. Maybe something like a Wes Anderson or Woody Allen film, a bit of comedy and a bit of drama. I'd be interested in seeing that.
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6:10PM on 06/19/2012
Here's the problem, when I saw the trailer for "Jack and Jill", I blurted out words that sums up every Sandler vehicle, it just came out and the people around laughed at me and not the movie, because I think they agreed: "I'm gonna do a stupid voice and make pee-and-poopy jokes for 90 minutes." Tired, too often repeated.
Here's the problem, when I saw the trailer for "Jack and Jill", I blurted out words that sums up every Sandler vehicle, it just came out and the people around laughed at me and not the movie, because I think they agreed: "I'm gonna do a stupid voice and make pee-and-poopy jokes for 90 minutes." Tired, too often repeated.
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6:00PM on 06/19/2012
Adam Sandler was hilarious back in the day. NO matter how many times I watch his SNL stuff or Madison/Gilmore I laugh my ass off. He truly is a funny dude and still has it in him but he needs to change his style. He's still playing that same idiot and it's gotten very old. He needs to adapt his comedy to a new style, Funny People was the funniest he's been in years. I'd actually like him to do more drama and Dramedies. He was amazing in Funny People and especially Punch Drunk Love. Lets get him
Adam Sandler was hilarious back in the day. NO matter how many times I watch his SNL stuff or Madison/Gilmore I laugh my ass off. He truly is a funny dude and still has it in him but he needs to change his style. He's still playing that same idiot and it's gotten very old. He needs to adapt his comedy to a new style, Funny People was the funniest he's been in years. I'd actually like him to do more drama and Dramedies. He was amazing in Funny People and especially Punch Drunk Love. Lets get him back together with PTA. Time to change your career path Sandman.
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4:43PM on 06/19/2012
I think the audiences have made a strong statement of their discontent with his recent movies by not giving him their unconditional dollar. Maybe that is what has needed to happen in order to for him to step back and realize where he went wrong artistically. I don't think his career is over - it just needs a reality check. And in all honesty, I don't think most of his films are as terrible as people let on (Funny People, Grown Ups). They are serviceable entertainment, I guess. But Happy
I think the audiences have made a strong statement of their discontent with his recent movies by not giving him their unconditional dollar. Maybe that is what has needed to happen in order to for him to step back and realize where he went wrong artistically. I don't think his career is over - it just needs a reality check. And in all honesty, I don't think most of his films are as terrible as people let on (Funny People, Grown Ups). They are serviceable entertainment, I guess. But Happy Madison is just not working as a creative force anymore.
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1:13PM on 06/19/2012
I found Zohan amusing as well as Funny People. He really needs to get better writers. Poor Kevin James. He is really talented but his partnership with Sandler is dragging his ass down...
I found Zohan amusing as well as Funny People. He really needs to get better writers. Poor Kevin James. He is really talented but his partnership with Sandler is dragging his ass down...
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1:13PM on 06/19/2012

The Problem With Adam Sandler

Is that he's lost touch with where he came from, and success and money have blinded him to his own bullshit.

Adam Sandler is a funny dude. He's got charisma, he's witty, and he's a hell of a comedy writer / musician. His track record alone speaks to his talents, but all that aside, what he's lost is his ability to give a shit about making people laugh and he's gotten lazy at hiding that fact.

He churns out dreck after dreck because he's gotten wise to how movie box office works, much like
Is that he's lost touch with where he came from, and success and money have blinded him to his own bullshit.

Adam Sandler is a funny dude. He's got charisma, he's witty, and he's a hell of a comedy writer / musician. His track record alone speaks to his talents, but all that aside, what he's lost is his ability to give a shit about making people laugh and he's gotten lazy at hiding that fact.

He churns out dreck after dreck because he's gotten wise to how movie box office works, much like the studio system. Sink little to no effort into a turd, slap a pretty label on it and watch the cash poor in, because before people know it sucks they'll have already spent there money on it.

His movies are serviceable comedies at best, with 1 to 2 funny scenes, a hot chick, and a happy ending. Rinse, repeat, success! He figured this out and ran with it, but now he's gotten sloppy because he realizes people are idiots who will pay for anything so that's what he gives them.

Now to our defense we "the audience" are NOT idiots for the most part, but as long as no one calls our attention to it we will usually swallow just about anything. But he doesn't care anymore and it shows. He's cheating us and we're just realizing it. He's the lazy comedian who does the same set for 20 years not caring if his jokes are relevant or even funny, but caring if the shrimp cocktail is free with the gig and if his room is compt.

I have friends in the biz who have worked with him before and they all agree he is an arrogant pompous ass who hires his friends to net them profit and jokingly tries to see how far he can push his audience into spending money.

I like the guy. I think he's funny and I think he has more to give the world. But whether he comes out of his golden hot tub and reconnects with why he got into this business in the first place I think his star will continue to fade. And that makes me sad.
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12:51PM on 06/19/2012
Waterboy was the beginning of the end for me. I hated that so much, but Big Daddy came, which made up for it, then it was just back to shit, other than his dramatic fare (except Spanglish was terrible). Somehow, I didn't mind Little Nicky, probably because my expectations were so low. Mr. Deeds has the honor of only movie I've ever walked out on and I was drunk! I walked out only to see Spiderman for the third time.
Waterboy was the beginning of the end for me. I hated that so much, but Big Daddy came, which made up for it, then it was just back to shit, other than his dramatic fare (except Spanglish was terrible). Somehow, I didn't mind Little Nicky, probably because my expectations were so low. Mr. Deeds has the honor of only movie I've ever walked out on and I was drunk! I walked out only to see Spiderman for the third time.
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12:48PM on 06/19/2012
Why the hate for Just Go With It? I thought the movie was pretty hysterical and compared to a lot of other comedies in recent years, it did the job of making me laugh. Plus, its a good cable movie to watch when you have nothing to do.

You go into a Sandler movie expecting..Sandler. Its cheesy gross family fun. And Click is still pretty awesome and gets me to shed a tear everytime.
Why the hate for Just Go With It? I thought the movie was pretty hysterical and compared to a lot of other comedies in recent years, it did the job of making me laugh. Plus, its a good cable movie to watch when you have nothing to do.

You go into a Sandler movie expecting..Sandler. Its cheesy gross family fun. And Click is still pretty awesome and gets me to shed a tear everytime.
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11:56AM on 06/19/2012

It's not complicated

He was funny when we were young. We've grown, he has not. So now his worn out comedy is just lame. And he doesn't connect with the younger crowd when he tries to be the Sandler of old. He just need's to stick with the family flicks. That appears to be his bread and butter now.
He was funny when we were young. We've grown, he has not. So now his worn out comedy is just lame. And he doesn't connect with the younger crowd when he tries to be the Sandler of old. He just need's to stick with the family flicks. That appears to be his bread and butter now.
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11:22AM on 06/19/2012
Haven't seen one in theaters since Mr. Deeds.
Haven't seen one in theaters since Mr. Deeds.
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11:18AM on 06/19/2012
I haven't watched a Sandler movie since I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry.
I haven't watched a Sandler movie since I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry.
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11:04AM on 06/19/2012

This hurts...

The part that really hurts is that we know what it's like for him to put on a good comedic performance.
The part that really hurts is that we know what it's like for him to put on a good comedic performance.
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10:39AM on 06/19/2012
I love Sandler, but I personally think when he started putting Nick Swardson in his films they just started feeling over the top silly.
I love Sandler, but I personally think when he started putting Nick Swardson in his films they just started feeling over the top silly.
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10:35AM on 06/19/2012
The only thing I was really big on was the time he spent on SNL. I loved seeing stupid shit like him, Spade, and Farely as "GAP girls," or that Schmitt's Gay beer ad with Farely. Dear God, was SNL funny back in those days.
The only thing I was really big on was the time he spent on SNL. I loved seeing stupid shit like him, Spade, and Farely as "GAP girls," or that Schmitt's Gay beer ad with Farely. Dear God, was SNL funny back in those days.
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9:55AM on 06/19/2012

Great Article

It's not Sandler who has changed. It's his fans who grew up and became full of shit. They think they're too good for his schtick. You hear comments like "Yeah, I'd like to see more movies like Punch-Drunk Love and Spanglish. Also, try playing the villain in a drama sometime." Like these people sit down with a fuckin Pipe and slippers all evening, drinking wine by the fire place watching sophisticated Sandler films. ARE YOU FUCKING SERIOUS! I love a movie that makes you think, like MEMENTO,
It's not Sandler who has changed. It's his fans who grew up and became full of shit. They think they're too good for his schtick. You hear comments like "Yeah, I'd like to see more movies like Punch-Drunk Love and Spanglish. Also, try playing the villain in a drama sometime." Like these people sit down with a fuckin Pipe and slippers all evening, drinking wine by the fire place watching sophisticated Sandler films. ARE YOU FUCKING SERIOUS! I love a movie that makes you think, like MEMENTO, PRESTIGE or any other Nolan film, I love historical dramas, I love thrillers. Do I want to see Sandler in those films.. Hell No! Do I want to see him do the same shit till he dies, ofcourse not. But he's still young, and I'd like to think I'm still young (37), so every once in a while I want to let loose, turn my brain off, relax, and watch a stupid ass retarded Sandler flick.. even if he's not in it (eg. GRANDMA'S BOY & BUCKY LARSON), because I know exactly what I'm getting. So to all you snobs who think you're too good for this shit. Wake up call, you're not. Your brain hasn't matured. You're not all of a sudden smarter, because fact, the smartest people on the planet like the simplest things. So to all you old farts, or sheep who follow, lighten up, take the stick out your ass and smell it, cause it smells like your breath. Now rinse your mouth out with listerine, pop open a Corona, and watch WATERBOY. Great article BTW.
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10:14AM on 06/19/2012
Very well put Sir.. my thoughts exactly.
Very well put Sir.. my thoughts exactly.
11:39AM on 06/19/2012
You're 37?....What you wrote made it seem as though you were a child.
You're 37?....What you wrote made it seem as though you were a child.
9:59PM on 06/19/2012
You just spent god knows how long rambling about sheeple who follow and yet you are the one suggesting people turn their brains off to watch Adam Sandler. Turn your brain back on and write like a 37 year old instead of a retarded Sandler child.
You just spent god knows how long rambling about sheeple who follow and yet you are the one suggesting people turn their brains off to watch Adam Sandler. Turn your brain back on and write like a 37 year old instead of a retarded Sandler child.
9:51AM on 06/19/2012
Between SNL, his CDs, and first couple films, I used to be all about this guy. A vast majority of his movies, I haven't seen. Saw Waterboy in the theater and wrote the guy off. Since then, I just judged them all by the trailers and said 'no thanks.' I DID see Punch Drunk Love and that was only because of PTA. Too bad, used to like him. A part of me actually thinks, 'good for you. Keep making money, Adam.' Guess I have enough good memories from back in the early days . . .
Between SNL, his CDs, and first couple films, I used to be all about this guy. A vast majority of his movies, I haven't seen. Saw Waterboy in the theater and wrote the guy off. Since then, I just judged them all by the trailers and said 'no thanks.' I DID see Punch Drunk Love and that was only because of PTA. Too bad, used to like him. A part of me actually thinks, 'good for you. Keep making money, Adam.' Guess I have enough good memories from back in the early days . . .
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9:16AM on 06/19/2012

Great article

I think Adam Sandler's movies are like that guy you partied with in high school and college: you had some wild times but after a while, you grew up and he didn't.

Yeah, I'd like to see more movies like Punch-Drunk Love and Spanglish. Also, try playing the villain in a drama sometime.
I think Adam Sandler's movies are like that guy you partied with in high school and college: you had some wild times but after a while, you grew up and he didn't.

Yeah, I'd like to see more movies like Punch-Drunk Love and Spanglish. Also, try playing the villain in a drama sometime.
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8:45AM on 06/19/2012
The moron is a no-talent piece of shit. As for the tidbit, he was never in my good graces. I can't stand Sandler and refuse to watch anything that he is in.
The moron is a no-talent piece of shit. As for the tidbit, he was never in my good graces. I can't stand Sandler and refuse to watch anything that he is in.
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8:39AM on 06/19/2012
Personally I'd like to see if Sandler could handle something completely different. I mean Robin Williams was hilarious. But he went a bit stale and then he did some serious dramatic roles eg he played a bad guy. He's play a few actually and he's fucking great at it. Like to see Sandler do the same. Something other than comedy. Who knows he may shine again.
Personally I'd like to see if Sandler could handle something completely different. I mean Robin Williams was hilarious. But he went a bit stale and then he did some serious dramatic roles eg he played a bad guy. He's play a few actually and he's fucking great at it. Like to see Sandler do the same. Something other than comedy. Who knows he may shine again.
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8:15AM on 06/19/2012
No matter what movie he acts in almost every single role his acting style is the same. Billy Madison, Happy Gilmore, Reign over me and Punch Drunk Love werent that bad but as time went on it just kept getting worse. There are much better actors out there that can play all sorts of different roles. And there are times when movies only need better acting to make the film work but in this case a lot of his recent movies fail on multiple levels. Only reason these films make money is because there
No matter what movie he acts in almost every single role his acting style is the same. Billy Madison, Happy Gilmore, Reign over me and Punch Drunk Love werent that bad but as time went on it just kept getting worse. There are much better actors out there that can play all sorts of different roles. And there are times when movies only need better acting to make the film work but in this case a lot of his recent movies fail on multiple levels. Only reason these films make money is because there is an Adam Sandler fan base and when that starts diminishing then I bet thats when we will see him start being more serious about his roles.
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7:54AM on 06/19/2012
I can tolerate Little Nicky, Mr. Deeds, You Don't Mess With The Zohan. But I can't stand Just Go With It, Grown Ups (1& potentially 2), and Jack & Jill. I don't know why he did those. Even Bedtime Stories is much better. Please, Mr. Sandler. Bring us comedies like Billy Madison or Happy Gilmore. Even Mr. Deeds is okay.
I can tolerate Little Nicky, Mr. Deeds, You Don't Mess With The Zohan. But I can't stand Just Go With It, Grown Ups (1& potentially 2), and Jack & Jill. I don't know why he did those. Even Bedtime Stories is much better. Please, Mr. Sandler. Bring us comedies like Billy Madison or Happy Gilmore. Even Mr. Deeds is okay.
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7:20AM on 06/19/2012
Like Eddie Murphy, I think basically we are looking at someone who used to love doing comedy now just doing a job. Sandler needs 25 million a year to pay his bills and we are stuck with the results. Its easier getting paid to hang with his friends than to attempt quality entertainment.
Like Eddie Murphy, I think basically we are looking at someone who used to love doing comedy now just doing a job. Sandler needs 25 million a year to pay his bills and we are stuck with the results. Its easier getting paid to hang with his friends than to attempt quality entertainment.
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6:26AM on 06/19/2012
Where did Sandler go wrong? Birth.

He is much like Jesse Eisenberg and Asiz Ansari(?) IMO, after you see him perform in one of his movies you've seen them all and realize that they're not really actors, they're just their annoying ass selves being filmed. Billy Madison-oh this is kind of new, alright. Happy Gilmore-similar but different enough to entertain. Everything since (other than Punch Drunk Love)- That's enough of that shit. Much like family guy running a joke into the ground, he's
Where did Sandler go wrong? Birth.

He is much like Jesse Eisenberg and Asiz Ansari(?) IMO, after you see him perform in one of his movies you've seen them all and realize that they're not really actors, they're just their annoying ass selves being filmed. Billy Madison-oh this is kind of new, alright. Happy Gilmore-similar but different enough to entertain. Everything since (other than Punch Drunk Love)- That's enough of that shit. Much like family guy running a joke into the ground, he's boring and stupid. So, that's Sandler, Eisenberg, Ansari, and Family Guy. I think that should piss off someone. Mission accomplished.
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6:19AM on 06/19/2012

That's My Boy is Controversial

I have to highly disagree with the statement: "Then again, THATS MY BOY isnt exactly controversial in theme and hardly anyone showed up"

If you look at the film, the big joke, THE joke in the entire film is "ha ha pedophilia is funny, he got famous for screwing his teacher when he was 12"

And THAT's why no one showed up to watch it. No one wanted to see a film where the crux of the humor is the most disgusting act one can do. No one wanted to see a pedophilia comedy.

Honestly why
I have to highly disagree with the statement: "Then again, THATS MY BOY isnt exactly controversial in theme and hardly anyone showed up"

If you look at the film, the big joke, THE joke in the entire film is "ha ha pedophilia is funny, he got famous for screwing his teacher when he was 12"

And THAT's why no one showed up to watch it. No one wanted to see a film where the crux of the humor is the most disgusting act one can do. No one wanted to see a pedophilia comedy.

Honestly why anyone thought this was a good idea is beyond me. And on the premise alone and showing what it showed; the film should have been given an NC-17.
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4:45AM on 06/19/2012
Anyone seen the RedLetter Media review of Jack and Jill? It argues the point that Sandler is swindling the movie going public and his laziness is a deliberate middle to finger to his fans. I couldn't agree more...
Anyone seen the RedLetter Media review of Jack and Jill? It argues the point that Sandler is swindling the movie going public and his laziness is a deliberate middle to finger to his fans. I couldn't agree more...
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4:18AM on 06/19/2012
Hasn't made a funny flick since Anger Management
Hasn't made a funny flick since Anger Management
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3:55AM on 06/19/2012
Well written article. I can't put my finger on why I like Billy Madison's idiotic ways, but not his later characters. Possibly because I was 10 at the time and it's just what I grew up with. Who knows, and frankly I don't care because his work is just so tired and old. I haven't watched any new Sandler movies since Chuck & Larry because I have see it all before.

For me to take an interest in an upcoming Adam Sandler movie, he needs to scratch the same old rehashed character and silly
Well written article. I can't put my finger on why I like Billy Madison's idiotic ways, but not his later characters. Possibly because I was 10 at the time and it's just what I grew up with. Who knows, and frankly I don't care because his work is just so tired and old. I haven't watched any new Sandler movies since Chuck & Larry because I have see it all before.

For me to take an interest in an upcoming Adam Sandler movie, he needs to scratch the same old rehashed character and silly adolescent jokes, and create something with a bit more depth. Take a few years off and come back with something fresh.
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3:12AM on 06/19/2012
I have hated everything he has done since Big Daddy. Maybe if he drops his supporting cast, it would help alot. Same tired, dumb jokes that would make a middle-schooler chuckle. And for Gods sake, stop putting Nick Swardson in movies.
I have hated everything he has done since Big Daddy. Maybe if he drops his supporting cast, it would help alot. Same tired, dumb jokes that would make a middle-schooler chuckle. And for Gods sake, stop putting Nick Swardson in movies.
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2:51AM on 06/19/2012
He misinterprets what his audience wants. In his and the studios' minds, audiences want to see Sandler be annoying, grating, offensive and mug endlessly for the camera, when he actually can play tragi-comedy extremely well. This happens with a lot of comic actors including Robin Williams and Jim Carrey. When projects like Insomnia, One Hour Photo, The Truman Show and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind come along, they wow everyone. And then they go straight back to Old Dogs, RV, Fun With
He misinterprets what his audience wants. In his and the studios' minds, audiences want to see Sandler be annoying, grating, offensive and mug endlessly for the camera, when he actually can play tragi-comedy extremely well. This happens with a lot of comic actors including Robin Williams and Jim Carrey. When projects like Insomnia, One Hour Photo, The Truman Show and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind come along, they wow everyone. And then they go straight back to Old Dogs, RV, Fun With Dick and Jane and Yes Man.
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1:49AM on 06/19/2012
Sure Sandler did the same old thing over and over and over and it got old but I also think it is less funny now, because seeing a middle aged man act like he does just seems sad then funny. It's funny when a young guy is acting retarded but a middle aged man acting like a complete numskull (spelling?) is too over the top for people. I think he should take a break for a while and I have a theory that if he does this he can be successful and popular in his old age. He would make a great old crazy
Sure Sandler did the same old thing over and over and over and it got old but I also think it is less funny now, because seeing a middle aged man act like he does just seems sad then funny. It's funny when a young guy is acting retarded but a middle aged man acting like a complete numskull (spelling?) is too over the top for people. I think he should take a break for a while and I have a theory that if he does this he can be successful and popular in his old age. He would make a great old crazy man character, but until then I think we can all expect more garbage and just wait until he is in his 70s.
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1:30AM on 06/19/2012
For me, he peaked at Waterboy. I can't watch Billy Madison, either. It's almost like two ends of the bell curve, only the peak is the best, while both the ends are filled with crap. There's nothing anyone can do about it. It's just what happens to comedians that gain fame in movies. Look at Robin Williams as an example. Granted, Williams is far more talented than Sandler, and Williams has drugs to blame as well, but he went down that unfunny road too. It wasn't until he started doing stand up
For me, he peaked at Waterboy. I can't watch Billy Madison, either. It's almost like two ends of the bell curve, only the peak is the best, while both the ends are filled with crap. There's nothing anyone can do about it. It's just what happens to comedians that gain fame in movies. Look at Robin Williams as an example. Granted, Williams is far more talented than Sandler, and Williams has drugs to blame as well, but he went down that unfunny road too. It wasn't until he started doing stand up again that he regained some of the funny he lost. Maybe Sandler needs to go that route too. For maybe 10 or 15 years.
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1:20AM on 06/19/2012

ITS OLD

He just repeated the same shit with the same voice and fart jokes... I really think he lost it after Billy Madison and Happy Gilmore personally because after that he would just play the same stupid guy. Even the author of this article admits he does good jobs with serious roles. What he needs to do is better films and less HAPPY MADISON films which aren't the same thing... (except Grandma's Boy cause that guys never getting a leading role ever again)
He just repeated the same shit with the same voice and fart jokes... I really think he lost it after Billy Madison and Happy Gilmore personally because after that he would just play the same stupid guy. Even the author of this article admits he does good jobs with serious roles. What he needs to do is better films and less HAPPY MADISON films which aren't the same thing... (except Grandma's Boy cause that guys never getting a leading role ever again)
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1:28AM on 06/19/2012
He never gained it. Billy Madison and Happy Gilmore sucked.
He never gained it. Billy Madison and Happy Gilmore sucked.
12:47AM on 06/19/2012
Uhhhh....He's a terrible comedian. He can't write for crap. He can do comedy when someone else writes it, but not if he does. He is not funny. As in he can't make the jokes unless he's told about them.
Uhhhh....He's a terrible comedian. He can't write for crap. He can do comedy when someone else writes it, but not if he does. He is not funny. As in he can't make the jokes unless he's told about them.
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12:44AM on 06/19/2012

Tidbit:

More Funny People/Spanglish roles, less That's My Boy roles. He's like Rodney Dangerfield, but with a range he's completely ignoring, which makes it scary and sad on a different level, especially considering how relatively young he is. He could be the jock version of Albert Brooks- someone needs to sit him down and make him accept that.
More Funny People/Spanglish roles, less That's My Boy roles. He's like Rodney Dangerfield, but with a range he's completely ignoring, which makes it scary and sad on a different level, especially considering how relatively young he is. He could be the jock version of Albert Brooks- someone needs to sit him down and make him accept that.
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12:33AM on 06/19/2012

Tidbit..

better movies
better movies
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