We used to have the whole thing on here before Lionsgate made their movies VOD. This trailer doesn't even begin to convey how completely incompetent this is. The acting makes 9 1/2 Ninjas look good, the narrative makes Death Bed the Bed That Eats look coherent, and I'm fairly confident there wasn't actually a screenplay or director. Surprisingly bad even by Sandler standards.
At any rate, this movie is just Adam Sandler and a couple friends conned some investors to pay for them to go on a cruise and spent a day or two of it making a movie with basically no plot or content, and then Billy Bob Thorton says something I think.
It's kind of the Platonic form of an Adam Sandler movie, really.
Bill Bob is a heckler. He basically plays the same character he has played in every movie he's been in.
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I could never figure how or why his movies continue to get the green light until someone on another forum posted how much money all of Sandler's movies grossed - it was something like 3 billion.
If you haven't seen the Half in the Bag videos about Jack and Jill, you should watch them right now.
I didn't watch the Half in The Bag, but I'll assume I know what Jay and Mike have to say. Like I said below, I kinda liked this movie when I was like 15, around the same time Adam Sandler's comedy CD "They're All Gonna Laugh at You" was the best thing ever, especially for bus rides. Then there was of course Billy Madison, which I DID see less than a year ago 20 years later, and it's still pretty funny. Most of that is the juxtaposition with Norm, but they made a good but all-too-brief anti comedy team. Thing about Going Overboard WAS the fact that it was pretty raunchy and R rated, something that Sandler had to tone down, like he never grew up with the kids who liked him. So a movie like 8 Crazy Nights suddenly has to be PG13 even though it's source material is from that dirty album (or maybe it was on SNL first I can't remember).
And then there's Punch Drunk Love, which is just one of my favorite movies in general; the older I get the more I can relate to that Adam Sandler. Tried it again in Reign Over Me and it didn't work out so well. He's not going to go from making his butt talk like Jim Carrey to more serious roles; Punch Drunk Love was most likely a fluke but he does seem like kind of a nice guy who knowingly stars in a bunch of poop that's going to make a fuckton of money. It doesn't make it right, but he's not doing anything wrong except for sometimes entertaining the kids who will probably grow out of him soon enough.
I like this movie insofar as the low budget and the fact that Adam Sandler wasn't famous yet and the complete lack of effort involved kind of make it almost play as a kind of experimental deconstruction of shitty comedies than a shitty comedy.
You really should check out that Half In the Bag, especially part 2 where they get into full on conspiracy theory territory with diagrams and everything.
I was just a few years to old to ever really like Sandler that much but I had a friend who was in to that album and it was OK. Like, if he put it on in the car I didn't mind but I wouldn't have chosen to listen to it.
And he was fine in Airheads.
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My only thought watching this was "Adam Sandler was once actually hot enough to fuck..." That's the only thing this movie has going for it.
Sanest Man Alive
I'm not sure how anyone could have ever thought that, but maybe I'm underestimating the allure of the Jewfro.
fuck this guy right off.
This movie makes Night Patrol look good.
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I kind of liked this movie.. :(
I did to, that doesn't mean that it isn't a complete train wreck. That's what I liked about it. His new movies aren't even train wrecks, they're McNuggets. Except that's not even fair because McNuggets, despite what's in them, are delicious. His later movies are like if you ordered McNuggets and were given a cup of pink slime that had been heated lukewarm in the microwave.
At any rate, I didn't see this or know it existed until maybe 2008 or 2009 so my perspective on it is different than if I'd seen it as a kid. I mean, shit, I kind of liked Reposessed when it came out. I liked Ghost Fever.
Adam Sandler is a great comedian and his movies make people laugh. But OH, I bet you hipsters aren't too cool for Jerry Lewis and Charlie Chaplin!
You all make me sick.
Two Jar Slave
Does being an adult now equal being a hipster? You're a child. Go play.
Adam Sandler is a lazy comedian who relies on lowest common denominator toilet humor and mild racism, and is the living embodiment of "wealth follows wealth."
I understand why he became successful but that doesn't change the fact that nearly all of his output reflects almost no effort at all and displays utter contempt for his audience.
If he hadn't outlived Chris Farley (who is similar insofar as his onscreen charisma made up for the fact that his movies are complete shit) things might be different, because there was a period of time where, allowing for the fact that the whole 90s SNL "pound one joke into the ground for 90 minutes" paradigm can be entertaining with the right lead, he was doing pretty well. I can't say I ever laughed much at Happy Gilmore even when it was new but I can respect it, and that talking goat sketch on one of his early albums was fine.
The difference between Sandler and Jerry Lewis is that Jerry Lewis's work matured over his career, while Sandler's regressed. It's obvious from his performances in stuff like King of Comedy and Funny Bones that Jerry Lewis never stopped approaching comedy as an art form, and a fairer comparison would be between him and Jim Carrey. I'm not sure how you could look at Sandler's career trajectory since somewhere around The Wedding Singer and argue that he sees comedy as anything more than a bottomless cash machine.
I won't listen to anyone disrespecting Chris Farley. His movies, fine. The man himself. Fuck YOU.
Was this before or after his appearance on the Cosby show as a locker room jock.
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