Adam Sandler is something of an acquired taste. Pretty much the Marmite of the comedic world. Over the years he has made a spate of films, many of which polarize their audiences, causing rip-roaring delight in some and utter disdain in others. Today however, in celebration of Netflix`s upcoming original film, The Ridiculous 6, starring the funnyman himself, we`re taking a look at the top (ridiculous) 6 Sandler films that everyone can enjoy.
The Wedding Singer (1998)
Before we were bombarded with the likes of The Waterboy and Little Nicky, Adam Sandler was in the habit of making films that were actually funny without being insanely in-yer-face. The Wedding Singer is a musical delight of 80s nostalgia featuring Sandler as a hopelessly romantic wedding entertainer who just can`t find the right girl. With a hilarious Boy George impersonator who only knows one song, and Drew Barrymore back when she was still America`s sweetheart, this is a delightfully kitsch feelgood rom-com.
Hotel Transylvania (2012)
I think what really sold Sandler`s performance in this great feature from Sony Pictures Animations is that until the final credits rolled, I had no idea that I had been giggling at a comedian who usually gets so very much under my skin. Sandler plays an overprotective Dracule, determined to keep his daughter Mavis (Selena Gomez) away from the human world. A star-studded voice cast and a heart-warming tale filled with ghosts and goblins, Hotel Transylvania (and its sequel) are great fun for all the family.
Back before he was leading man material, Sandler provided some hilarious support in this great Brendan Fraser comedy. The duo, along with Steve Buscemi, star as The Lone Rangers, a metal band struggling to find fame in the early nineties. In a bid to get their demo played on the radio, the three inadvertently take a radio station hostage with water pistols. A hilarious critique of the music industry, Sandler is sweet and innocent as the dim-witted Pip, and his supporting role proves that sometimes all we need is a little of a good thing.
Funny People (2009)
Adam Sandler? Seth Rogan? Jonah Hill? Wow! This looks like it`s gonna be another escapade into laddish hilarity! Hoorah! Of course, after seeing the trailer (which certainly sells it as another hullaballoo), in many ways, this is what disappointed the majority of Sandler fans when they first saw this depressing tale of a dying comedian. For the rest of us, however, Funny People was a touching and much needed departure from Sandler`s usual over the top exploits. Showing off his skills as a serious actor, it remains to this day one of his best films.
Happy Gilmore (1996)
Fine, I`m not made of stone. Happy Gilmore is a bloody funny film. Showcasing Sandler`s comedic skills to full effect, Happy Gilmore tells the ridiculous tale of a failed ice hockey player who inadvertently discovers a skill for golf. As the world watches in astonishment, Gilmore works his way to becoming national champion, audiences around the world were given a concentrated glimpse of Sandler`s great timing and comedic range.
Punch Drunk Love (2002)
Adam Sandler in a Paul Thomas Anderson film? Who would have ever believed that could work? Telling the tale of a socially awkward plunger saleman, Punch Drunk Love shows us an emotional side of Sandler that has rarely been seen since. Nominated for countless awards, Punch Drunk Love stands out as a touching and thought-provoking entry in the Sandler oeuvre, and the kind of film he should perhaps be concentrating more on, rather than wasting time on more Grown Ups sequels.
The Ridiculous 6 will be available to stream on Netflix from December 11th, and will be reviewed by Vulture Hound in the weeks ahead.