There’s a LexG rant on The Hot Blog in which he is amazed by a poster on Glenn Kenny’s blog (whew, I’m tired out with all the sourcing) that a person mentions that he has seen only one Adam Sandler movie. He wonders, with some reasonableness, how a person could live in the world of pop culture without even accidentally seeing one.
I have seen a half dozen or so Sandler films, but the only one I saw in a theater was Punch-Drunk Love, and I hated it. Of all the Sandler films I’ve seen, the only one that I didn’t instantly regret was Funny People. (for the record, I’ve also seen Mr. Deeds [it was because of Winona], Anger Management, Click, Spanglish, and 50 First Dates [which wasn't terrible]). Some have said that Reign Over Me is pretty good.
I have not seen the movies that made Sandler’s reputation–The Waterboy, Billy Madison, Happy Gilmore. They strike me as appealing to the kind of frat-boy caveman mentality that is anathema to me. I never found Sandler’s shtick to be funny–I doubt he ever made me laugh on SNL.
I hope I never see the stuff that is regarded as garbage, like The Grownups, Little Nicky, Chuck and Larry, Big Daddy, and the latest abortion to be released (check that–I may have to rent that for the Brooklyn Decker in a bikini scenes, but then again, isn’t the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue a more efficient means of cheesecake delivery?)
So, any Sandler defenders out there?