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Adam Sandler, The New Jerry Lewis?  
User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20822 posts, RR: 62
Posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 2554 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.


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User currently offlineANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 2553 times:

Nope.

He's relatively humorous . . . he's funny. Happy gilmore was funny. It wasn't Jerry lewis, Slapstick, funny. But he's not in the same class as Lewis.

Quoting AeroWesty (Thread starter):
Where do you rate Adam Sandler within the current generation's comedic contenders

On a scale of 1 to 10. About a 5.


User currently offlineDesertJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7811 posts, RR: 16
Reply 2, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 2544 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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User currently offlineGo3Team From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 3267 posts, RR: 16
Reply 3, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 2537 times:

Quoting AeroWesty (Thread starter):
Where do you rate Adam Sandler

4. I just don't find him real funny.



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User currently offlineMaverickM11 From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 17827 posts, RR: 46
Reply 4, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 2516 times:

Quoting AeroWesty (Thread starter):
his well-worn comedy schtick

Schtick, yes. Comedy, no. Same damn voice for every character? Yep.

Quoting AeroWesty (Thread starter):
Adam Sandler within the current generation's comedic contenders

Slightly less interesting than a plant. An office plant. I hate everything he's ever done and I avoid him like the plague.



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User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20822 posts, RR: 62
Reply 5, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 2497 times:

Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 1):
On a scale of 1 to 10. About a 5.

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. Big grin



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User currently offlineLHMARK From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 7255 posts, RR: 46
Reply 6, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 2488 times:

Adam Sandler was a funny stand-up comic. A lot of his SNL stuff was good, but in movies he's as hilarious as colon cancer.

Jerry Lewis, too, was only funny to the French.

So, in the sense of not being funny actors, there is a parallel.



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User currently offlineSearpqx From Netherlands, joined Jun 2000, 4344 posts, RR: 10
Reply 7, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 2488 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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User currently offlineBill142 From Australia, joined Aug 2004, 8467 posts, RR: 8
Reply 8, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 2428 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)

User currently offlineSTLGph From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 9518 posts, RR: 26
Reply 9, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 2425 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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User currently offlineAsstChiefMark From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 2422 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.

User currently offlineDeltaGator From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 6341 posts, RR: 13
Reply 11, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 2399 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.

Quoting LHMARK (Reply 6):
A lot of his SNL stuff was good,

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