Have you seen previews for the latest in the horrific onslaught of miserable Happy Madison movies, gaggingly entitled Jack and Jill? Go ahead. Give it a look…
Kind of makes you wish for the assassination of Adam Sandler, doesn’t it? Why couldn’t he have found some egg-headed, dark-haired actress to play his sister? Casting yourself in both leads of a comedy crosses a line, Adam. I hope you know there is no turning back.
You don’t know how it pains me to say these things. Really. I once LOVED Adam Sandler with an unhealthy passion and still, after the slew of steaming pig manure including (but certainly not limited to) You Don’t Mess With The Zohan, Grown Ups, and Just Go With It, I just want so badly for him to be the man we all know he could be. You know the guy. The one who wrote Big Daddy. The guy who charmed us nearly to tears as Robbie Hart in The Wedding Singer and made us fall in love with him over and over again in 50 First Dates. Whatever happened to that guy? I miss that guy.
I know what you’re going to say. His humor has always been goofy and cheesy and juvenile. Billy Madison proves it, right? Well…sort of. Yes, his comedy has always showcased his silly adolescent side but in his best movies, it was balanced evenly with the heartfelt and endearing. And the characters in those flicks were people we cared about and rooted for like they were close, personal friends of ours. Now, in flicks like Zookeeper and the most recent box office bomb, Bucky Larson: Born To Be A Star, there is nothing BUT the absurdities and cheap jokes. The characters are boring and stupid and the story lines aren’t interesting enough to give a crap about.
And, let’s face it, we’ve all gotten older. Sandler included. His audience isn’t made up of teenagers anymore. We’re in our 30s now and we want more substance to the plots and characters we could actually relate to and humor that may be a bit silly but is also SMART. You can’t appeal to the kids of today, Mr. Sandler. They’re busy being entertained by Justin Bieber and the Twilight kids. Those of us who’ve watched you since your SNL days have aged right along with you. We’ve finished high school, and college, and gotten careers and families and we want more from you. Please. For the love of everything that is holy, give us something better or retire and spend the rest of your days basking in the life of the multimillionaire that we’ve helped you become.