Good Lord, why do they keep paying Adam Sandler to make movies? Each film I see I think it cannot get any worse and then it does. I mean, his most recent string of films includes such gems as Funny People, Grown Ups, Just Go With It, Zookeeper, and the horrid Jack and Jill. It seems like it is going to be all downhill from here for Adam Sandler.
While in his teens Donny (Justin Weaver – first film) has a sexual relationship with his teacher. As their illegal sexual affair is discovered it is also discovered that Mrs. McGarricle (Saved!, The Banger Sisters) is pregnant. After giving birth to a child in prison, Donny is given custody of their son to bring up alone. Because of his young age and adventurous personality, Donny was not the best father causing his son Todd to move out on his 18th birthday.
Years later, it is the dawn of Todd’s (Andy Samberg – from television’s Saturday Night Live) wedding to Jamie (Leighton Meester – from television’s Gossip Girl). Todd’s has gone to great lengths to hide who he really is – the son of the teenage father. Now, due to some money problems, Donny (Adam Sandler) pops back into Todd’s life jeopardizing everything Todd has worked for.
The jokes made about sexual abuse and other things like poor parenting hit a brand new low. Crass and mean spirited is not usually a winning combination. Despite my awareness that low brow humour is Sandler’s specialty I was still shocked and honestly disgusted at most of the attempts at humour. Even if you can get past this the attempts at humour are so bad it is depressing. In my opinion jokes about semen on a wedding dress or a horny elderly woman miss the mark by so much that the attempts rendered me sick and feeling sorry for Adam Sandler for being so desperate to regain his touch.
My dislike of the film is not because I was expecting something different from Sandler (can’t teach an old dog new tricks, right?) or that I was taking it all too seriously. It comes from an honest place. Even though he is not my favourite comedic actor Adam Sandler is capable of better than this. I really think he is pushing the limits of his fans’ good nature when he believes it is alright to charge $12 for a ticket to a movie that believes that Sandler masturbating to a picture of an octogenarian is funny.
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