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Flashback Friday- The Waterboy (1998)

A good parents wants what is best for their child. But sometimes, even a good parent forgets that their children must grow up eventually.

In the 1998 movie, The Waterboy, Bobby Boucher (Adam Sandler) is the waterboy for the local college team. Living under the thumb of Mama Boucher (Kathy Bates), his overbearing mother, Bobby does not have much of a life. Then Coach Klein (Henry Winkler), the football team’s coach notices that Bobby has a natural gift for the game.

But Bobby knows this his mother won’t approve. She will also not approve of his new girlfriend, Vicki Vallencourt (Fairuza Balk). Will Bobby be able to live as he wants to live or will his mother continue to control his life?

This movie is an interesting film. It represents a subtle, but important change in Sandler’s career. Bobby has shades of the man-boys that Sandler played in previous films in the 90’s, but he also has a maturity and a perspective that is more man than man-boy.

I recommend it.

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Adam Sandler’s Tribute to Chris Farley was Perfection

No one knows you like your friends. On the same token, no one misses you when your gone more than your friends.

Last night, Adam Sandler hosted Saturday Night Live. It was the first time he had stepped onto the SNL stage since the mid 90’s.

Towards the end of the episode, Sandler paid tribute to his late friend and colleague, Chris Farley.

The song was as beautiful and sentimental as it was heart-wrenching.

Farley was more than a comedic genius and the comedy heir to the late John Belushi. He had a heart of gold and a honest desire to make people laugh. There was a joy to his performances that radiated from the stage to the audience.

My favorite Chris Farley sketch is Matt Foley: Van Down By The River.

RIP Chris, thanks for the laugh and thank you Adam for the memories.

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Throwback Thursday-Click (2006)

Life for most of us is busy. Between our jobs, our families and everything else that is going on, we forget to breathe and enjoy being alive.

In the 2006 movie, Click, Ben Newman (Adam Sandler) is trying to achieve a work/life balance, but that is seeming more impossible as the days go on. In order to receive a very desirable promotion, Ben is working his tail off for his hard to please boss, Ammer (David Hasselhoff). But that means less time with his wife, Donna (Kate Beckinsale) and their family. He wishes for a remote to control his life. Enter Morty (Christopher Walker) a salesman who sells Ben the remote he desires. Ben thinks he can control the remote, but then remote turns on him.

Growing out of the various man-child characters that made him a star, Sandler proves that he has grown as an actor. While he can easily play comedy,he shows that he has the chops to play a mature character going on a mature journey.

I recommend it.

 

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Flashback Friday-Mr. Deeds (2002)

The fish out of water story is a common one. But at its core, it’s a simple story. It’s up to the writer to make sure that their narrative stands out.

In the 2002 film, Mr. Deeds, Longfellow Deeds (Adam Sandler) is a small town pizzeria owner/poet. Then he finds out that he is the heir to the fortune of a deceased uncle and moves to the big city. Babe Bennett (Winona Ryder) is a tabloid reporter who pretends to be a small town girl to get the scoop on the town’s newest billionaire. Babe expects merely to get her story and move on. Longfellow expects that his new-found fortune would change him. But as they say, mortals plan, G-d laughs.

A reboot of Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936), starring Gary Cooper and Jean Arthur, Mr. Deeds attempts to update the narrative for the 21st century. Unfortunately, this is is a paltry remake that nearly ruins the reputation if it’s predecessor.

Do I recommend it? No.

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Chanukah

Tonight, Jews around the world will be celebrating the holiday of Chanukah.

The joke about Chanukah is the joke that revolves around most Jewish holidays: they tried to kill us, they failed, now lets eat.

One of the things I’ve come to believe in recent years is that if we are willing to do the work required to achieve our goals, our creator will give us a nudge when we need it.

The Maccabees, led by Judah, did not wait for a sign from a prophet or their creator to fight back against the Greeks who would have been more than happy to see the Jews convert and assimilate into the general population. They took a stand against assimilation and won. In response the victory, G-d provided Israel with just enough oil to last for eight days, even though it seemed like there was none left at all.

Happy Chanukah and to everyone celebrating Christmas tonight, Merry Christmas.

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Happy Hanukkah!

Tonight, Jews around the world will celebrate Hanukkah.

I couldn’t think of a better way to start the holiday with part 4 of Adam Sandler’s Chanukah song.

Happy Hanukkah!

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December 6, 2015 · 11:42 am

Flashback Friday-Anger Management (2003)

There are some actors that can surprise an audience. We think we know the characters that they will play, but sometimes, they step away from that archetype and into a brand new character.

In Anger Management (2003), Dave Buznik (Adam Sandler), is a nice guy with no backbone.  When an encounter on an airplane goes horribly wrong, Dave is sentenced to anger management classes. The doctor assigned to him is Buddy Rydell (Jack Nicholson). Dr. Rydell is unpredictable and unorthodox in his methods. As Dr. Rydell becomes more ingrained in Dave’s life, he seems to be the only one who can help Dave grow the pair that he desperately needs to grow.

Up until this movie, Adam Sandler played characters who while they were physically grown, they had the emotional maturity of a 14 year old boy. In this movie, he steps out of that mold and into the shoes of a man who is not quite sure of himself. As Dr. Rydell, the audience may wonder what is up with Jack Nicholson’s character. Is he onto something or is just plain crazy?

I recommend it.

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Flashback Friday- I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry

There is nothing that we would not do for our friends. Even if that includes pretending to be a same sex couple so that that friend can receive domestic partner benefits.

In 2007’s I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry, Chuck (Adam Sandler) and Larry (Kevin James) are friends and colleagues in the same firehouse. Larry, who has recently lost his wife, is concerned about what will happen if he is killed on the job. But he does not want to forfeit his pension. Chuck offers Larry a way out of his dilemma. On paper, they will pretend to be a homosexual couple (even though both are straight and Chuck is known to be a womanizer), for the sake of Larry’s children. Now they prove to everyone that they are a gay couple happy in love. And that’s only the tip of iceberg.

I genuinely enjoy this movie. While Adam Sandler has not quite outgrown his man/boy act, Chuck is decent human being and a good friend to Larry in his time of need. What I also like is that it highlights the issue of the fight for equality that the LGBTQ community faces in a way that does not hit the audience over the head with.

I recommend it.

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Throwback Thursdays- Movie Weddings-The Wedding Singer (1998), The Wedding Planner (2001) & The Wedding Date (2005)

A wedding is a lovely thing. Two people coming together to make a public commitment to each other in front of their family and friends.  But a wedding is complicated and full of drama.

In 1998, Adam Sandler jumped from his previous man child comedic role to a rom-com leading man in The Wedding Singer. Robbie (Sandler) sings at weddings for a living. Julia (Drew Barrymore) is a waitress at one of the halls where Robbie is singing with his band.  They are both engaged to other people, but find that they are attracted to each other.

I like this movie. It is a typical rom-com, but it is not bland, boring or as predictable as rom-coms generally go. It is sweet and funny and enjoyable.

Three years later, Jennifer Lopez broke into the wedding rom-com genre with The Wedding Planner (2001). Mary (Lopez) is one of San Fransisco’s premiere wedding planners.  Mary’s new assignment is the wedding of Steve (Matthew McConauhey) and Fran (Bridgette Wilson-Sampras).  But this assignment becomes complicated when Mary and Steve begin to develop feelings for each other.

It is a typical wedding rom-com. While it is very well done, there is nothing stand out about it.

Finally, in 2005, The Wedding Date was released. Kat (Debra Messing) is heading to her younger sister’s wedding. Her ex-fiance is in the wedding party. She hires Nick (Dermot Mulroney), a male escort to be her “boyfriend” for the weekend. What starts out as a simple decoy to fool her family becomes something completely different.

Debra Messing is one of my favorite actresses and a great comedic talent. But she is nearly wasted as a performer in this movie while Mulroney as the stock rom-com leading man, is not all that interesting.

Do I recommend them? I recommend the Wedding Singer, but not the Wedding Planner or The Wedding Date.

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Flashback Friday-Happy Chanukah-Eight Crazy Nights (2002) and The Hebrew Hammer (2003)

Adam Sandler, in his Adam Sandler way, announced Hanukkah with the following lyric: Put on your yarmulke/here comes Hanukkah.

While the list of Christmas movies seems to go on forever, the list of Hanukkah movies is sadly very short.

In Eight Crazy Nights (2002) Davey Stone (Adam Sandler) is an alcoholic with a criminal record. He is given the chance to reform his life while under the supervision of an elderly basketball referee, Whitey and his sister Eleanore (both voiced by Adam Sandler).

There is a message in this movie, but not in a schmaltzy way. It’s also edges toward PG13, which is nice change from the typical holiday movie.

In The Hebrew Hammer (2003), Mordechai Jefferson Carver (Adam Goldberg) is an Orthodox Jewish blaxploitation hero. When Santa Claus’s son Damian (Andy Dick) plots to steal Hanukkah, it’s up to Mordechai to rescue the holiday.

This movie is incredibly funny. While satirizing the blaxploitation movies that were part of the 1970’s cinema, the movie also subtlety hints at the idea that many Jews are often drawn to lure and popularity of Christmas.

Do I recommend them? Why not.

And if your wondering, Hanukkah this year is the 17th-24th. Happy Hannukah!

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