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Adam Sandler's Eight Crazy Nights

movie reviewvideo review out of 4 Movie Review: Adam Sandler's Eight Crazy Nights

Starring: Adam Sandler, Jon Lovitz
Director: Seth Kearsley
Rated: PG-13
RunTime: 71 Minutes
Release Date: November 2002
Genres: Animation, Comedy, Music

*Also starring: Rob Schneider, Kevin Nealon, Tyra Banks, Jackie Titone, Austin Stout

Review by Steve Rhodes
1½ stars out of 4

After receiving wide critical acclaim for his first serious role in PUNCH-DRUNK LOVE, Adam Sandler now tries to create his own animated franchise, a la SOUTH PARK, with 8 CRAZY NIGHTS. For the record, I have almost never been impressed by Sandler's acting and that includes PUNCH-DRUNK LOVE, in which he merely gave a good performance in an otherwise mediocre movie. Although his work in it, like the movie itself, was overrated, it was Sandler's best performance to date.

The foul-mouthed and down-hearted 8 CRAZY NIGHTS features Sandler voicing several of the lead characters. Most of all, he is Davey Stone, a 33-year-old Jewish guy who has spent life down on his luck. Typical of his disastrous childhood is the time that he single-handedly won a high school basketball game, only to discover that his parents died in a car crash on the way to the game.

The thin script falls back on the clichéd bathroom humor typical of bad live-action comedies. Set at Christmas, when Davey feels left out, the jokes include reindeer who defecate in the snow. Body hair humor is also popular in the picture. One of Sandler's characters is a sad old guy named Whitey Duvall who sports more white hair on his derriere than Santa Claus does on his face. Another character has enough red underarm hair to make two large pom-poms.

The only mildly entertaining parts of the production are the big musical numbers. The words are stupid, but the music is lively and well sung.

By the time you leave the theater, you'll probably have only one question on your mind about the movie, "Why?" I could never figure why this crude, asinine film was made in the first place.

8 CRAZY NIGHTS runs 1:35. It is rated PG-13 for "frequent crude and sexual humor, drinking and brief drug references" and would be acceptable for teenagers.

My son Jeffrey, age 13, gave it **, saying that he liked some of the jokes but found the music annoying. Frequently during the movie, we'd look at each other and just roll our eyes.

Copyright © 2002 Steve Rhodes

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