The progression (and deterioration) of Adam Sandler’s genius

I put it off long enough, but with the release of Jack and Jill back on the 11th of November it’s time to discuss this. What happened to my longtime favorite comedic actor/writer, Adam Sandler? I have stuck with him through some questionable movies, thinking it would all come around to his next great release. But as time goes by, I can’t be the only one noticing a lack of his original genius in his new work.

Sure, you might say I’m being a little hasty with my judgement as I haven’t even seen Jack and Jill yet. But do you know what my response to that would be? I honestly had no intentions of seeing it. And that might be the first time I’ve honestly ever said that about an Adam Sandler movie. Later down the road when it’s released on DVD and in Redbox or something I’ll rent it and check it out, just to see what I’m missing. However, I don’t have high expectations for Jack and Jill, and here’s why: I never really enjoyed movies with actors playing a guy and girl role like that. I wasn’t much of a fan of Big Momma’s House, Mrs. Doubtfire, or Tyler Perry’s Madea character. Not a fan of it.

Here, after years of idolizing him and supporting any movie he was a part of, I start to see maybe there is no coming back. I have heard other people suggest it before, that Sandler is finished, but I didn’t want to believe it because he had been a part of my entire childhood. I can remember watching Happy Gilmore when I was 5 years old, and soon it became part of a yearly tradition with a few relatives. The same happened with Billy Madison and a few other Sandler classics. I loved it all. Even when he waded into the serious end of the pool, with Reign Over Me and Punch-Drunk Love.

I guess there’s nothing more I can do than recognize that I’ve outgrown his comedy or else he’s outgrown his own comedy. It’s only natural his material should become more mild-mannered as he matures. I suppose I’ll just keep my eye open for his next projects and hope for something better. But at this point, I don’t have much hope. As long as Sandler doesn’t hop the rail and fall so far to the family side like Eddie Murphy did (from Delirious to Daddy Day Care), I think I can continue to enjoy some of his humor still.

What are your thoughts on Adam Sandler? Find his new movies to be a bit ridiculous, or are you still excited for each and every release?

One Response to “The progression (and deterioration) of Adam Sandler’s genius”
  1. no says:

    It was always crap… you grew up. It’s the same reason you remember that tree in your yard as a mighty oak…even though it is a birch.

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