|A movie that isn't half bad,|
with half an "Adam Sandler
movie" and the other half a
"movie with Adam Sandler
I would not consider myself an Adam Sandler fan. Yes, I did see Billy Madison in the theater when it came out and yes I did and do consider it genius, and I saw several of his movies after that, and I also consider Punch Drunk Love probably the greatest rom-com movie I've ever seen and it only pulls that off because of Adam Sandler. Now with all of that being said, his movies of the past ten years (probably longer) are simply so insultingly bad that I just simply do not consider myself an Adam Sandler fan.
I actually tried the western movie he did for Netflix, but just couldn't get very far into it - it's just that bad. He also did a movie about a famous Hollywood agent I think? I saw Life with Mikey, that's about all I need to see or can even take when it comes to a movie about an agent. I mean maybe if you're close to the industry, or really interested in the business of being an agent but honestly who would care other than the usual Sandler fans.
Now I know people who love his movies, as insulting to any number of people as they are, people here in Middle America are fans of Adam Sandler no matter what he does, so if you're wondering why he's able to still make these kinds of movies - or even why he would think it would be a good idea - look no further than people of the Kansas area who will watch his movies and laugh and enjoy them.
I feel like I've grown up with Adam Sandler - except that he hasn't grown up really. When I was single and hanging out with friends and having fun Billy Madison came out and it was just perfect and for a while his movies continued to be, and then he just failed to grow up while his initial audience did. He has greatness there, it's obvious with Punch Drunk Love and as my tastes in movies changed that one just struck a chord and made me appreciate the director, the music, the acting, the photography, all of it, but then he shook that off and went back to what basically was going to make him popular and probably most importantly - money. I can't blame him for that but I don't have to like it either.
I saw The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) and I liked it, I mean the guy can act and I'll be damned that when he does stuff like this I can freaking relate and it's an embarrassing thing to find yourself tearing up during a movie with Adam Sandler in it.
Which is a good time to explain that there is a difference between an "Adam Sandler movie" and a "movie with Adam Sandler in it". Honestly there's nothing to explain, just see The Ridiculous 6 (but don't really) and then watch The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) and you'll see the difference. You will like one, or the other, but not both - at least I don't think it's possible - like humanly physically possible - to like them both. It's one or the other.
Which I think is why I did like The Week Of, because it seems to find a perfect balance of these two types of movies.
The Week Of has the humor of an "Adam Sandler movie" but the heart and acting of a "movie with Adam Sandler in it". Watching the preview I found myself laughing at a Sandler movie like I hadn't in a long time, and also feeling like he's doing a real movie because of the story of a father struggling to pull off his daughter's wedding on his own, to keep all the mistakes and missteps hidden so that everyone has a good time with no worries. Adam Sandler plays a guy I can relate to, but also a guy who's got more problems than I ever will so it's kind of fun to watch him go through it all because it's making me feel better about my own life, and all while laughing - and then at the end, the talk with his daughter was just so freaking sad and amazing and . . .
Yeah, I have now found myself tearing up at an "Adam Sandler movie" and I love that fact, I am happy it happened and happy I can say that and want to be able to say it more.
I found out long ago that just because I grew up, had a family and kids, that didn't mean I had to change entirely - not at all, but I did have to change. I can still be weird and funny but you have to balance it with the reality of life and all that surrounds it. This movie pulls that off and if he keeps doing this then an "Adam Sandler movie" and a "movie with Adam Sandler in it" may both be a good thing.