Review Date: May 08, 2006
Director: Dennis Dugan
Writer: Allen Covert, Nick Swardson
Producers: Adam Sandler, Jack Giarraputo
Rob Schneider as Gus
David Spade as Richie
Jon Heder as Clark
Other than that, I don’t think I smiled once during this entire picture, except when the man-children visited Jon Lovitz’s rich digs and it was filled with cool Star Wars gear, and for a couple of the one-liners delivered by the dude who played the Puerto Rican baseball player. The rest of the movie was grade-A elementary to junior high gags starting with fart, barfing and “getting hit in the nuts” jokes, and ending with wedgies, tittie-twisters and yeah…more barf and fart jokes (oops, almost forgot those neat booger quips). Most of the time, I’m able to relate to the Happy Madison flicks, even as an adult, because I guess we all manage to maintain a little “child” in us (mine’s in my pants!), but this film’s jokes were beyond teen stuff, and surely targeted at the pre-pubescent crowd. And no direct offense to Heder, but his character might’ve been the stupidest (and unfunniest) character that I’ve seen on the big screen in the past couple of years. Although Spade’s brother in the film, the agoraphobic Howie, comes a very close second (the actor portraying Howie also co-wrote the movie). All that said, I hope that I’m not coming off like this film’s humor is beneath me or anything like that, since I’ve been known to enjoy my share of crappy movies (sometimes BECAUSE they’re crappy!), but this film’s slap-dash manner, its obvious lack of plot or attempt at story, its sad-sack emotional tug at the end, and its embarrassing appearances across the board (and lack of humor, natch), made it an actual physical pain to sit through. All that, and they didn’t even give us the usual Sandler’s staple character shouting “You can do it!” at some point. C’mon fellas…gimme something!