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Scott Roberts
Why Adam Sandler Does What He Does
on Nov 14, 2011 at 10:23:48 pm

Here's an infographic highlighting Adam Sandler's monetary gain in relation to the Rotten Tomato scores of his films. It's pretty much what you expect.

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Mark Suszko
Re: Why Adam Sandler Does What He Does
on Nov 15, 2011 at 2:53:52 pm

I don't like too many of Adam's movies, however, there is something about his chemistry with Drew Barrymore; I enjoy all the films that star those two in them.


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Mike Cohen
Re: Why Adam Sandler Does What He Does
on Nov 15, 2011 at 5:11:36 pm

Adam Sandler is going the way of Robin Williams and Eddie Murphy - once big box office star who gradually moves to doing only movies that a kid would be allowed to see (or an adult who likes fart jokes) or more risky movies that nobody wants to see (Grown-Ups, Happy People, Spanglish).

Robin Williams hit it big with both dramatic turns and comedic performances (Good Morning Vietnam, Good Will Hunting, Mrs. Doubtfire) but now only seems to make direct to TBS movies like RV and cartoon voices for which he is brilliant. I guess he does what pays the bills. Actors have mortgages and alimony too!

Eddie Murphy was a mega star with 48 Hours, Beverly Hills Cop and Coming to America, then basically made kids movies and cartoon voice parts (I'm sure Shrek bought Eddie a lot of Maseratis) through the 90's and 00's, with a number of mortgage payment movies in there too. Of course he won an Oscar for his comeback performance a few years ago and now he's trying to make a comeback as a funny actor again. We'll see.

So I think Sandler is following the same path.

Maybe we as movie fans are too critical of good actors doing bad work, I don't know.

Mike Cohen


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Scott Roberts
Re: Why Adam Sandler Does What He Does
on Nov 16, 2011 at 4:22:05 pm

Adam Sandler is confusing to me. Funny People was essentially a parody of himself. He's playing a slight variation of himself in the film; a hugely successful actor who started off being really funny and devolved into making stupid movies like Merman or the one where he becomes a baby. It was as if for the first time in years Adam Sandler was acknowledging to the world that he was aware what he was doing with his career.

But then he makes movies like Jack & Jill, Don't Mess with the Zohan, Chuck and Larry. All of those movies could have been fake, self-mocking trailers in Funny People. So it's almost like he even took the check and didn't learn anything from Funny People, which was supposed to be a more personal film, as if it was another movie where he puts on a goofy wig and gets hit in the balls. I guess he really likes money?


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Mike Cohen
Re: Why Adam Sandler Does What He Does
on Nov 16, 2011 at 4:54:08 pm

Click and Bedtime Stories were entertaining, although probably because they were high concept gimmicks, not actually hilarious scripts.
Maybe Sandler should follow Seinfeld's lead and just do cartoon voices and stand-up and save us all the agony of another attempt at greatness on the big screen (or small screen in Jerry's case - the chances of Seinfeld having another tv show that is as original and sharp as "Seinfeld" is slim to none and he realizes this so he does Vegas stand-up shows earning huge amounts of money that he doesn't really need).

His next two movies are "Donny's Boy" - an attempt at a Meet the Fockers model (surround hot young actors with older formerly hot actors) basically another movie that will be fast-tracked to TBS; and "Hotel Transylvania" a likely big hit CGI movie.

This means that either A) He is not being offered original comedic scripts anymore and/or B) There are not a lot of original comedic scripts anymore, or C) He feels he has moved on to more grown up films and because of the gigantic balance of his 401K he doesn't care if nobody sees his movies.

One day we'll look back and say "remember Adam Sandler? He used to make hit movies." Then when he's in his 60's he will start making cameo appearances in movies.


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Mark Suszko
Re: Why Adam Sandler Does What He Does
on Nov 16, 2011 at 6:00:55 pm

I imagine a lot of the lowest commion denominator stuff Adma does is strictly a paycheck to feed the very expensive beast that is staying topical, relevant, and popular in Hollywood. See, if I had Sandler's talent and luck, and I made that much money, past a certain point the money becomes irrelevant, and what I'd do, besides retire early and coast thru life, is form my own studio and make and distribute my own movies, my own way, successful or not. Everybody likes to make fun of Tyler Perry, and I'm no exception. But he's doing what HE wants to do, and still making impressive bank.


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Tim Wilson
Re: Why Adam Sandler Does What He Does
on Nov 16, 2011 at 6:26:41 pm

[Mark Suszko] "Everybody likes to make fun of Tyler Perry, and I'm no exception. But he's doing what HE wants to do, and still making impressive bank."

I just read this morning he's taking in HALF the profits from his movies. I know that there's all that studio bookeeping chicanery, and I predict Tyler suing over getting screwed out of multi-multi-millions and winning -- but when you've gone from some successful movies to starting your own TV network, no way the studio gets to shrug and say, "Sorry Tyler, we haven't recouped our costs yet."

I really like the guy from what I've seen of him as a guy - interviews he's given, his ability to enforce a strong vision and have everybody want to work with him again, etc. I also like him as a straight-up actor (NOT Madea). Hard to take your eyes off the guy.

But you can tell when the guy is hitting the sweet spot with his audience, even if you and I aren't in that audience.

You can say the same about Adam Sandler. I loved The Wedding Singer and Happy Gilmore (punched in the face by Bob Barker? What's not to love?), and while Zohan ran out of gas, I laughed a LOT. And frankly, it's not like he was ever super-duper high-brow.

I've been thinking the same thing about Eddie Murphy too. If the worst thing you can say about the guy is that people like him in family comedies, that's not so bad. He's clearly working in the Nutty Professor movies in particular, so he's hardly just going through the motions. I'd love for him to make nothing but movies like Bowfinger, but nobody who was in that movie is making a lot of movies anymore.

Ditto Ice Cube in Friday and Barbershop. I hope the guy finds some great work again, but it's worth noting that the last of the sequels in one particular series of his was called "Are We Done Yet?"


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Mark Suszko
Re: Why Adam Sandler Does What He Does
on Nov 16, 2011 at 7:39:19 pm

Eddie needs the stretch of playing a serious, real villain, a credible bad guy. He's already played heroes and everymen and romantic leads and goofs. I want to see him uncork the crazy a little bit, channel his Inner Walken. I know he has it in him.
People will pay to see that.


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Mike Cohen
Re: Why Adam Sandler Does What He Does
on Nov 16, 2011 at 7:52:35 pm

Didn't Robin Williams play a series of dark twisted characters? Not sure how believable such a person is playing dark and twisted however.

DeNiro works in comedies because for 30 years we have watched him be a bada$$, it is refreshing to see him doing comedy.

Seeing Eddie or Adam or Robin or Ben play a twisted non-comedic villain might be a stretch because you just can't get away from the fact that it's Dr. Doolittle or Billy Madison or Mrs. Doubtfire or the guy from Night at the Museum murdering puppies or worse. Not funny but not believe-able either.


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Mark Suszko
Re: Why Adam Sandler Does What He Does
on Nov 16, 2011 at 10:53:01 pm

Trust me: Robin Williams can play creepy/evil just FINE.


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Tim Wilson
Re: Why Adam Sandler Does What He Does
on Nov 16, 2011 at 11:56:38 pm

[Mark Suszko] "Trust me: Robin Williams can play creepy/evil just FINE."







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