Mr. Deeds (2002) – Review

1 1/2 Stars

Mr. Deeds makes a critical error and never recovers. It positions Adam Sandler as the straight-man and casts Winona Ryder as the farcical character. This is a terrible miscalculation on the writing level, it locks comedian into a state of reacting to the supposedly humorous behavior of Ryder’s undercover news reporter. Problem is, this isn’t nearly as funny as watching Sandler maneuver through these situation, and Deeds is an angelic simpleton who seems as disinterested in the film’s plot mechanics as Sandler appears to be himself.
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Punch-Drunk Love (2002) – Review

2 Stars

After the sprawling opus Magnolia, writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson has pared his unique brand of filmmaking into a off-beat romantic comedy that’s not quite worth the talents of all involved. Playing like Anderson’s take on Kafka and Martin Scorsese’s After Hours, Punch Drunk Love is an under-written piece that holds viewer’s attention because of the strength of Sandler’s central performance and the sheer wonder of what the next scene will provide. This is a slight film given gravitas through skilled craft and technical efficiency. It’s a strange journey into a world that can best be described as modern take on German’s cinematic expressionist movement. Anderson’s film is dark and frustrating, while simultaneously feeling incomplete.
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The Waterboy (1998) – Review

2 Stars

Previous to The Waterboy, there had been signs that Adam Sandler was becoming a box-office sensation. He stole Bulletproof from his more established co-stars, both Billy Madison and Happy Gilmore were moronic solid earners, and The Wedding Singer was a modest hit. All leading up to the release of The Waterboy in the fall of 1998, the movie absolutely exploded at the box-office and sold and estimated 32 million tickets. Adam Sandler was now a verified comedic draw. So, it’s somewhat mystifying that The Waterboy propelled Sandler to the forefront of screen funny men, but is such a sub-par product compared to the comedian’s output thus far.
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Anger Management (2003) – Review

2 1/2 Stars

Anger Management is about stunt casting, this is a case of the poster one-sheet selling the gimmick. Two large personalities in Sandler and Nicholson share the screen in this rather limp comedy that was shot shortly after 9-11 resulting in a (now oddly) pro-New York attitude, that the film wears with pride. The best and funniest scenes in the movie are the cameos, and when Sandler loses his cool springing into the enraged madman audience have come to expect.
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Blended (2014) – Review

1/2 Star

I have stuck with Adam Sandler through the worst of ’em, but none that have come before can equal the god-awfulness of Blended. How bad is it? Bad enough to rightfully sweep the Razzie awards this season and then to be swept under the rug so that no future audiences will have to endure this mess. I can’t describe just how off the timing is in this dud, typically jokes fall flat in comedies that aren’t working, but the tired attempts at humor lie listless on the screen and the performers bring zero energy and nothing fresh to their roles. Call That’s My Boy a bomb if you want, personally I think it’s an underrated gem, but at least Sandler attempted to do…something. It’s not all his fault, Drew Barrymore continues her tradition of being cast in comedies for no apparent reason, and portrays one of the least likable character in any movie this year. I’d rather go on a date with Electro. I digress.
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Grown Ups 2 (2013) – Review

3 Stars

I have a hunch that if you didn’t enjoy the first Grown Ups, then you’ll find even less to like here. I’d been waning on the Sandler schmaltz in the years leading up to that film, but I thought all the elements came together for a breezy 90 minutes of infantile humor with The Expendables of comedy. Grown Ups 2 offers more of the same, sometimes too much. A few bits are directly recycled form the original, but the camaraderie and overall up-beat tone make for an enjoyable trip back to the well.
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Podcast EP195: The Call, Incredible Burt Wonderstone Predictions, News, Box Office

Episode one-hundred and ninety-five. Join hosts Trevor and Jason as they discuss the latest in movie news, box office numbers and trailers.

Box Office Predictions: The Call
The Incredible Burt Wonderstone

News: It’s Not Evil Dead 4, It’s Army of Darkness 2
Bateman, Day and Sudeikis Officially Returning For Horrible Bosses 2
Frank Coraci to Direct Adam Sandler’s Next
Kevin Smith Started Writing Clerks III
Jay Roach to Direct Lance Armstrong Scandal Project
Sofia Vergara Eyes Heat Opposite Jason Statham
Oblivion Score

TrailerAddict: The Hangover Part III

Box Office Breakdown: March 8-10, 2013

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Podcast EP193: Jack The Giant Slayer, 21 And Over Prediction, News, Snitch Review

Episode one-hundred and ninety-three. Join hosts Trevor and Jason as they discuss the latest in movie news, box office numbers and trailers.

Box Office Predictions: 21 and Over
Jack the Giant Slayer
The Last Exorcism Part II
Phantom

News: 2013 Oscar Winners
Joe Carnahan Drops Death Wish
Adam Sandler Boards Untitled Romantic Comedy
Megan Fox Re-teams With Michael Bay for Ninja Turtles
First Look at Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro in Grudge Match
Casting News

TrailerAddict: The Internship

Movie Reviews: Snitch
Bullet to the Head
Safe Haven

Box Office Breakdown: February 22-24, 2013

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Podcast EP166: Flight, Wreck-It Ralph Predictions, Conan’s Back, Cloud Atlas Review

Episode one-hundred and sixty-six. Join hosts Trevor and Jason as they discuss the latest in movie news, box office numbers and trailers.

Box Office Predictions: Flight
The Man With the Iron Fists
Wreck-It Ralph

News: Arnold Schwarzenegger Returning for The Legend of Conan
The Wolverine is NOT a Prequel
Johnny Depp to Star in Wally Pfister’s Transcendence
Adam Sandler Saddles Up For Ridiculous 6

Review: Cloud Atlas

TrailerAddict: Evil Dead

Box Office Weekend Breakdown: October 26-28, 2012

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Podcast EP135: Diary of a Wimpy Kid And Total Recall Predictions Plus News And More

Episode one-hundred and thirty-five. Join hosts Trevor and Jason as they discuss the latest in movie news, box office numbers and trailers.

Box Office Predictions: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days
Total Recall

News: Harvey Weinstein Calls for Summit on Violence in Movies
The CW to Turn Battle Royale Into a TV Series?
Marvel and ABC Teaming on Avengers -Themed Series?
Lady Gaga Joins Machete Kills
John Moore on A Good Day to Die Hard‘s Serious Action
Adam Sandler to Produce Bad Toys II
Pixar Lends a Hand to Jon Favreau’s Magic Kingdom
Universal Pictures and Bad Robot Plan Earthquake

Box Office Breakdown: July 27-29, 2012

TrailerAddict: Life of Pi
Chained
Cloud Atlas

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Top 5 Worst Adam Sandler Movies

This is my list of my top five most disliked Adam Sandler movies. Sandler has been a staple at the box office since the mid 90s and continues to be one of the few comedians that can headline a flick and push it over that triple digit threshold into the hundreds of millions domestically. Lately he’s been having some troubles, with last year’s Jack and Jill and now with this years bomb, That’s My Boy, opening with a less than $15m weekend. The once box office golden boy, who opened many a film in the $30m to $40m range, has pretty much hit Eddie Murphy rock bottom (at least Sandler’s not making crappy kid’s movies *cough* Bedtime Stories *cough* well at least his kid’s movies are making money). Hopefully Grown Ups 2 will return him to the hundred million dollar club.

5
Little Nicky (2000)

Box Office Gross: $39,464,775     Adjusted: $0

Another Thanks Giving holiday release that backfired for Sandler. Although I consider this a guilty pleasure in the Sandler cannon, it’s undeniably bad. And who thought that tying this in with a family holiday was a good idea? Yes it does deal with the Devil trying to accept his strange son and there are family ties throughout the film, but c’mon, the premise is too silly and Sandler’s emo son of the Devil is so lost in his own world even when he’s in ours.

The youngest child of the family often has the most problems – so why should things be different for the Prince of Darkness and his offspring? Satan is considering retirement, and is pondering which of his sons should take over the family business – ambitious Adrian, strapping Cassius, or Nicky, an accident-prone demon who prefers to stay in his room playing his favorite heavy metal tunes. When Satan decides to stay on for another 10,000 years, Adrian is outraged, and leaves Hell to go to New York, where he and Cassius attempt to round up enough souls to vote Satan out of power. Satan, understandably upset, sends Nicky to bring Adrian and Cassius back home, but Nicky finds life on Earth is more complicated than he expected. Things don’t get any easier when he develops a crush on Valerie, a good-hearted mortal woman.

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Podcast EP119: Splinter Cell Movie, Res Evil Retribution, Prometheus Chat, Predator

Episode one-hundred and nineteen. Join hosts Trevor and Jason as they discuss the latest in movie news, box office numbers and trailers.

Box Office DeLorean: June 12-14, 1987

News: Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Planned for the Big Screen
Christopher Nolan to Executive Produce Wally Pfister’s Directorial Debut
Will Gluck Plans Skyjack: The Hunt for D.B. Cooper

TrailerAddict: Resident Evil: Retribution

Our top 5 Adam Sandler movies
A little chat about Prometheus

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Podcast EP114: Men In Black 3 Review, Sylvester Stallone Versus Robert DeNiro, News

Episode one-hundred and fourteen. Join hosts Trevor and Jason as they discuss the latest in movie news, box office numbers and trailers.
Box Office DeLorean: May 25-28, 2012.
News: Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro Plan Grudge Match
Rango Pair Head to Fraggle Rock
Adam Sandler Replacing Mark Wahlberg in 3 Mississippi
Could The Expendables Head to Television?
Prepare for the Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Independence Day 3D to Arrive on July 3, 2013
Marvel’s The Avengers Teases a 10-Disc Blu-ray Release
Guy Ritchie Attached to Direct Treasure Island.
Movie Review: Men in Black 3.

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Podcast EP96: Non-Stop Liam Neeson, Adam Sandler Redoes Summer School, HellraiserTV

Episode ninety-six. Join hosts Trevor and Jason as we discuss Roland Emmerich in Talks for White House Down, Liam Neeson for Non-Stop, Adam Sandler’s Happy Madison to take over Summer School remake, Hellraiser now a TV show, and Platinum Dunes takes right to next Halloween movie. TrailerAddict trailer talk for Rock of Ages and To Rome with Love. Our reviews for Wrath of the Titans, The Hunger Games, and The Three Musketeers. Plus much more movie talk, tune in now!

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