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Adam Sandler, The New Jerry Lewis?

Thu Mar 22, 2007 2:48 am

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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RE: Adam Sandler, The New Jerry Lewis?

Thu Mar 22, 2007 2:51 am

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.
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RE: Adam Sandler, The New Jerry Lewis?

Thu Mar 22, 2007 2:57 am

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.

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RE: Adam Sandler, The New Jerry Lewis?

Thu Mar 22, 2007 3:01 am

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

4. I just don't find him real funny.
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RE: Adam Sandler, The New Jerry Lewis?

Thu Mar 22, 2007 3:19 am

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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RE: Adam Sandler, The New Jerry Lewis?

Thu Mar 22, 2007 3:40 am

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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RE: Adam Sandler, The New Jerry Lewis?

Thu Mar 22, 2007 3:44 am

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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RE: Adam Sandler, The New Jerry Lewis?

Thu Mar 22, 2007 3:45 am

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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RE: Adam Sandler, The New Jerry Lewis?

Thu Mar 22, 2007 8:32 am

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)
 
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RE: Adam Sandler, The New Jerry Lewis?

Thu Mar 22, 2007 8:43 am

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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RE: Adam Sandler, The New Jerry Lewis?

Thu Mar 22, 2007 8:47 am

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.
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RE: Adam Sandler, The New Jerry Lewis?

Thu Mar 22, 2007 9:57 am

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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