It is time to continue Cheesy Romance Month with one of the weirdest and strangely best movies that Adam Sandler can claim in his infamous oeuvre. I do love this movie… Not necessarily for the fact that it is a good movie, but it is the movie that you can see the Adam Sandler tax shelter beginning to form… But still some vestiges of good movie making leaking into Sandler’s vacation and no fucks given mentality. Most of the elements are there. The movie is, for no apparent reason, set in Hawaii, the movie features a lot of his friends and his, at the time, wife Barrymore, and a lot of the script can be summed up as Sandler throwing a bunch of jokes together to see what will get a laugh from people from the ages of 3-16. However, a lot of these factors are downplayed for the sake of a decent concept and an okay movie blossoms as a result of it.
A veterinarian named Henry Roth (Adam Sandler) is a womanizer and all around love ’em and leave ’em ball of sleaze who seduces women through various unbelievable disguises who comes to Hawaii for a vacation and a week of inhibitions. One day, after his boat takes on some damage, Henry finds himself in a diner on a part of the island that he is not familiar with and meets a young woman named Lucy (Drew Barrymore) who is building a house made out of waffles. Henry and Lucy instantly bond, but things do not turn out too well when Henry learns that Lucy was in a terrible car accident and lost her short term memory. Because of this, after 24 hours Lucy forgets everything about the day and is thus forced to relive the same day over and over and over again. Henry, however, is not deterred by this fact and does everything in his power to get Lucy to fall in love with him each day. Continue reading “Cheesy Romance Month: 50 First Dates”
Ah the month of May! Everything is starting to really warm up here in North America, sometimes getting as hot as hell itself. I’m being a little melodramatic, I know. But I’m trying to make a transition into the theme of the month of May which is Devil’s Advocate Month! For the month of May I will be looking at movies that were either not well received or received praise from critics and give… A differing opinion on each of them. Now does this necessarily mean that if a movie was absolute shit that it is the exact opposite and is an amazing movie? No, it simply means that the movie was not judged fairly and should received a higher… or lower grade then what it was given.
So we start off Devil’s Advocate month with an Adam Sandler movie of all things. I have not even attempted to hide the fact that I hate Adam Sandler comedies. It is well documented that at this stage in his life, Adam Sandler makes movies for the mere fact that making a movie means a vacation to location X… Which explains why a lot of his movies now take place in Hawaii or Tropical Island X. The man can be good when he wants to be, but for the most part his style of comedy I do not find funny. Especially when you mix in his little cavalcade of annoyance mascots like Nick Swardson, Rob Schneider, and so forth. Let’s not talk about how many Grown Ups have been made at our expense so Sandler and his buddies can enjoy hurricanes in the Tahiti sun. But that isn’t to say that all of Sandler’s movies have been bad. I enjoyed Happy Gilmore as you know and I have found some of his other earlier movies to be decent. So I thought that considering the past, let’s start this off with an Adam Sandler movie that I quite like, the remake of the Burt Reynolds classic, The Longest Yard
NOW LET’S GET SOMETHING OUT OF THE WAY RIGHT NOW! This movie does not compare to the original and we will talk about that in detail later. But I want to stress that I am not making that claim. I am merely saying that this movie was judged quite unfairly upon its release and deserves a little bit of due credit. Continue reading “Devil’s Advocate: The Longest Yard (2005 Film)”
I’ve made it clear in the past that I do not like Adam Sandler’s style of comedy or acting. Nothing against the guy since everything I have seen of the guy is actually not that bad. But when it comes to his humor and his movies, they quickly lost any and all appeal to me when I stopped being a teenager. At this point in his career, Sandler has even stated that one of the main reasons he even does movies anymore is to get the free vacation while being paid to be on set and make shit and piss jokes for two hours. His Frat Pack of friends and actors have collectively swept up more Razzie nominations then I dare to count and even one year completely sweeping the entire event with the ‘What the fuck were they thinking?!’ movie Jack and Jill. Why am I saying all of this? Well because I’m about to praise him and I wanted to throw an obvious curve ball that is why! Yes, for those who follow my site will remember that I discussed Happy Gilmore in one of my Top 10 Guilty Pleasures. But now as I write this I have to say that that is a bit of a misnomer. Because a guilty pleasure insinuates that a movie is bad but you like it for some reason. I would actually make the argument that this movie is good, easily one of Sandler’s best. It was good enough after all that it would later make up half of Sandler’s production company Happy Madison alongside Billy Madison. All thins considered, looking back on the movie even from an adult stand point… I have very little negative to say about it. It is a legitimate good movie. Continue reading “Tanner Reviews Happy Gilmore”
So we come to an end of Cheesy Romance Month. We have looked at our cheesy romances through the ages. We took a trip back to the 80’s with John Hughes’ Sixteen Candles, we went to the 90’s and witnessed the tandem of Nora Ephron and Meg Ryan’s rom com magic in You’ve Got Mail, and last week we took at look at the early 2000’s and Matthew McConaughey’s patented movie poster power lean with How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days. So now it is only fitting that we look to the future! We are only now reaching the halfway mark of the 2010’s and it is hard to see where the trends are going to go. What will future decades think of when they look back at 2010’s rom coms? Will we as a society look back at the 2010’s and have fond memories of Rom Com’s the likes of Silver Lining’s Playbook or will we look back on the 2010’s with the disdain and disgust of another Happy Madison abomination squeezed out of Adam Sandler’s ass cheeks, Just Go With It. Based on the movie that gave Goldie Hawn her only Academy Award Cactus Flower, the movie featuring Jennifer Aniston and Sandler is an example of just how bad a cheesy romantic comedy can actually go. Continue reading “Cheesy Romance Month: Just Go With It”