Review Date: November 25, 2002
Director: Seth Kearsley
Writer: Brooks Arthur, Allen Covert, Brad Isaacs, Adam Sandler
Producers: Allen Covert, Jack Giarraputo
There were also two lead character voices which were as annoying as you will ever find in any movie. Do you remember how Sandler would do his goofy voices on "Saturday Night Live" for 2-minute spurts and it would be funny? Well, imagine the same grating accents during an entire motion picture! No thanks. Whitey and his sister were especially irritating, although I will admit that I did get somewhat used to them by the end (both were also voiced by Sandler, incidentally). The story isn't anything special either-- very predictable. And for anyone who doesn't know much about Hanukkah, the film doesn't really provide for any more info on the holiday tradition either. The good news is that the whole shpiel barely lasts 70 minutes, provides for a couple of decent one-liners, a few funny lyrics and at least one catchy tune ("It's a technical foul!") A couple of the film's more touching moments worked as well, but like I said earlier, they were usually followed up by a fart, ass, wedgie, snot or burp joke, and ultimately took you out of it again (and is "Smell you later, poopsicle" or a triple-titted woman really funny to anyone?) The animation was also decent, despite being very standard, and exuded just the right amount of holiday cheer. But overall, the movie is just too childish to be enjoyed by adults and too nasty to be enjoyed by the toddlers (and don't even get me started on the embarrassingly over-used product placement...c'mon!). I predict a quick dip at the box-office, but look forward to Sandler's next project opposite Jack Nicholson, which looks like a good time.