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.
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.