I know this will put me in the minority, but I’ve grown tired of Adam Sandler. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t dislike Sandler at all, I even enjoyed The Longest Yard pretty much. But to me, Sandler has grown stale.
After the great performance he gave in Punch Drunk Love back in 2002, I thought we were about to see a fresh new direction for Sandler. Sadly that “New Direction” never really came to pass. Eight Crazy Nights was a massive disappointment, Mr. Deeds was bad, Anger Management SHOULD have been an all time comedy classic, instead most audiences yawned their way though it and lamented lost potential. 50 First Dates had its fans, but to me it was just everything you’ve come to expect from Sandler… predictable. Spanglish showed signs of something special… but it never quite got there. I liked The Longest Yard… but most people didn’t. Which leaves us with Click… a film that has the LEAST amount of “buzz” I’ve ever seen for a Sandler film. Why? Well… like me, I think most people have gotten tired of him.
I will however say that the concept for his newest project (that hasn’t even started production yet) “I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry” sound hilarious to me. Coming soon gives us this synopsis:
The film will star Sandler and Kevin James (Hitch, The King of Queens) as two straight firefighters who pose as a gay married couple in order to qualify for their department’s domestic partner benefits.
The bad news is that they’ve just hired Big Daddy and Happy Gilmore director Dennis Dugan. Why is that bad news? Well, it’s not because he can’t direct… I think he can. But I think Sandler needs to break out of what has been comfortable for him. We don’t need to see the EXACT SAME SANDLER that we saw in Daddy and Gilmore. I fear getting the same director will equate to us once again getting the same old Sandler… who as I said above… I think we’ve starting to get a little tired of.
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