AeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20822 posts, RR: 61 Posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 3342 times:
While I was watching Adam Sandler host Letterman last night, I was beginning to think that except for occasional bright spots, such as his slapstick with Bob Barker in Happy Gilmore, I've really not paid much attention to him. He opens this weekend in Reign Over Me which is certainly a departure from his well-worn comedy schtick, but he certainly has a following.
Where do you rate Adam Sandler within the current generation's comedic contenders, and were would you place him in history in relation to Jerry Lewis, who obviously the French love more than we Americans do. At 41 this year, he certainly has proven staying power, although others which come to mind would include Steve Martin.
DesertJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7876 posts, RR: 14
Reply 2, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 3332 times:
My one big pet peeve about Sandler is that he plays the same damn character in every movie... whether it is Billy Madison, Punch Drunk Love, or Spanglish it is the same manchild type character. Each one of these movies are pretty different, but Sandler is more or less the same. Just in some movies he plays it more seriously than others.
I am w/ ANC on this one. He is middling in the rankings... good, but certainly could do better. He has potential to be better, but his Happy Gilmore/Billy Madison days kind of pigeon hole him. I think actors like Jerry Lewis, Steve Martin, or Robin Williams leave Sandler in the dust. But these three are pretty exceptional talents. I think he is FAR better than Will Ferell, you want to talk about lack of range look at him.
Put it this way, I think Adam Sandler has the potential to become more like a Bill Murray in his career than say a Chevy Chase. Both funny, talented guys, but one of them has a better more well rounded portfolio of work.
[Edited 2007-03-21 20:02:47]
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That's about where I've always rated him myself, and his popularity, like I said, has always mystified me. It appears from the answers so far, I'm not far off my assessment--I was wondering if I was missing something obvious, and apparently I can rest assured I'm not.
Searpqx From Netherlands, joined Jun 2000, 4348 posts, RR: 9
Reply 7, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 3276 times:
3.5 for me (just to be different). I'm not a huge fan of Jerry Lewis, but I have no problem seeing the difference between the two. Lewis was/is a genius in terms of delivery, timing, physical comedy, expressions, etc. Like DessertJets mentioned, Sandler has one mode, and while it can be funny, its entirely dependent on the setting, whereas Lewis can be funny no matter the setting.
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Bill142 From Australia, joined Aug 2004, 8493 posts, RR: 8
Reply 8, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 3216 times:
Alot of his movies, the comedy is akin to toilet humor. When he's acting like a normal healthy person and not portaying the character to have a mental disability (like Billy Maddison, as far as I could tell he was mentally fine, just failed at school which dosn't nessecarily explain the acting like someone with the mental age of 2 at the age of 20) he's not that bad (ie Big Daddy, yes not the funniest movie, but the performance was alot better and more bareable)
STLGph From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 9742 posts, RR: 25
Reply 9, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 3213 times:
to be honest, i think he did a bang up job hosting the Late Show. i don't want to see him with his own show or anything of that nature in the near future, but i could definitely stand him being a swing for Letterman.
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AsstChiefMark From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 3210 times:
Nearly all the current or recently-fired SNL characters that try to make it on the big screen have one thing in common. They all suck the big one. Why do they seem to continue to rehash their already-awful SNL characters? Think about it. The successful ones are the ones who are/were flexible in their roles. They don't just do schtick.
DeltaGator From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 6341 posts, RR: 12
Reply 11, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 3187 times:
Quoting DesertJets (Reply 2): My one big pet peeve about Sandler is that he plays the same damn character in every movie... whether it is Billy Madison, Punch Drunk Love, or Spanglish it is the same manchild type character.
I would argue that this portion of his career is what led to his dropping off the radar for a while. His audience matured while his characters did not. I found all of the movies funny but you can only hear so many goofy voices about getting "f***ed in the goat ass" and "Back to school, back to school" so many times before you find something else to laugh at.