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The second Adam Sandler film for Netflix is out now and it’s called The Do-Over. Growing up Sandler was big time. With films like Happy Gilmore, The Waterboy and The Wedding Singer, Sandler had a huge following. You can’t quite say that over the past few years though. Grown Ups and Grown Ups 2 made bank at the box office, but were killed by critics. Jack & Jill felt a similar crushing by critics. That’s My Boy was a disappointment at theaters as was Pixels. Sandler signed a deal to release his films through Netflix and the first movie, The Ridiculous 6, set Netflix records.
As for The Do-Over, well, I actually liked it. There are couple of genuinely laugh out loud moments that I wasn’t expecting. It’s not quite Old School Sandler, but I can see it getting watched a lot on Netflix. I know I’d watch it again.
Sandler and David Spade play two down-on-their-luck guys who decide to fake their own deaths and start over with new identities, only to find the people they’re pretending to be are in even deeper trouble. Paula Patton, Nick Swardson, Luis Guzman, Sean Astin, Michael Chiklis, Catherine Bell and Kathryn Hahn also star in it.
There are parts I laughed at quite a bit. There is one scene with Spade, Guzman and Bell that made me have to tweet about it. You see whole new sides of Bell and Guzman, especially Guzman. The film has some raunchy stuff in it, but overall remembers to have some heart as well. I think some of the newer Sandler films (cough That’s My Boy) forgot to balance that out.
This film, at its core, is about two old friends rekindling their friendship and trying to live the lives they wanted to have. It’s a buddy comedy and Spade is always his best in buddy comedies. Plus there is a twist to one character although I did see it coming. And it has probably the most reserved Nick Swardson character of his career. He wears a suit!
The worst part about The Do-Over is that it will be automatically hated and panned. People will trash it without even watching it or giving it a shot because it’s cool to hate on Sandler nowadays. The PC Police will call it out as homophobic and everything else because they forget it’s a comedy. It’s no classic like Billy Madison, but I had fun watching it on Netflix on this Saturday afternoon. The Ridiculous 6 broke Netflix viewing numbers and I can see The Do-Over being one of the most watched films on Netflix as well.
If you still like Adam Sandler and Happy Madison films and aren’t just one of the “cool” kids who trash him for no reason, then The Do-Over is…
The Do-Over is exclusively streaming on Netflix.