The Wedding Singer
Have Not Seen
Punch Drunk Love
Anger Management (due out April 11, 2003)
With Jack Nicholson
Cameos by John McEnroe and Bobby Knight
Until recently Adam Sandler has stayed consistent with the likeable dummy persona in comedies, and whether it works or not depends on the quality of the script and plot -- you'll always get the same performance from Sandler, love him or loathe him. In my opinion he's put out some of the best comedies of the last 10 years.
Highly Recommended Adam Sandler's best movie as title hockey wannabe turned kickass golfer, and the new best golfing movie ever, supplanting Caddyshack. I won't go into detail, because if you've seen it you already know and if you you're a Happy virgin I don't want to spoil your first time. I recommend Happy Gilmore without reservation -- even some folks who may find Sandler juvenile (could it be?) will enjoy this one. Co-starring are Carl Weathers (Apollo Creed from Rocky), Bob Barker and Lee Trevino as themselves, Julie Bowen as Happy's love interest, Christopher McDonald as anal-retentive golfer Shooter McGavin (if you don't recognize his name, it may be because Happy Gilmore's the best movie he's ever been in!), and Richard Kiel (Jaws from the Bond films).
Co-starring: a cast of comedians, from Rodney Dangerfield to Dana Carvey, plus Reese Witherspoon.
Adam Sandler is Nicky, the genial, deformed youngest son of Satan. He is sent down (up?) to Earth to stop his plotting brothers and to get in touch with his evil side so he can succeed his father as ruler of Hell. There are a lot of funny parts in it, and it was certainly better than I expected. The overall plot was pretty thin, which limited the appeal, but even the stupidest jokes are enough to make you choke on your jujubes.
The Adam Sandler prototype. Dumb, likeable loser (Billy Madison) pitted against greedy, uptight jerk. Billy's rich father bribed his (Billy's) way through school, from 1st grade on, so Billy has to go back to grade school to finally get the education he ignored to show he's worthy to take over his father's company. Throw in hot teacher Veronica Vaughn (Bridgette Wilson) assisting with Billy's studies and weirdo principal Max and you have a good, fun, stupid movie that succeeds without trying too hard (or at all).